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Cobham College
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2010, 22:20:06 »
Directly behind Cobham parish church is New Cobham College. The original college was founded by Sir John de Cobham and was a college for 5 priests. During the 14th century the chantry movement had popularised the practice of intercessory masses for the well being of ecclesiastical benefactors during their lifetime and for the repose of their souls after death. On the 18th November 1362 Sir John de Cobham recieved the royal license from Edward III to establish the college. The five chaplains, one of whom served as master, celebrated divine service in the church and prayed for Edward III and Queen Phillipa and John de Cobham and Margaret his wife during their lives, for their souls after death, and for the souls of their ancestors and heirs.

In 1537 the medieval chantry college of Cobham came to an end and the college fell into ruin. Then in 1597 the 10th Lord Cobham stated in his will, that the ruined buildings of the old college be rebuilt as almshouses for the relief and maintenance of the poor, and be renamed "The New College of Cobham."

Between the church (just out of shot to the left) and the old college a space was left for a processional way

Almshouses in the Quadrangle, with the College Hall on the right

16th century Entrance Porch to the College Hall

Fireplace in the ruins of the medieval Kitchen

Memorial to the founder of the New College, above the old college entrance


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