View of the main courtyard and chapel of Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Founded in 1548 by Sir Walter Mildmay, the chancellor of the Exchequer to Queen Elizabeth I, and with some of its buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren, this ancient seat of learning can lay a major claim to having been responsible for both Cambridge in Massachusetts and the establishment of Harvard University there. John Harvard, a Puritan clergyman, gained his BA here in 1632 before leaving for New England in America in 1637. He was part of a great wave of Puritans who went into voluntary exile in the newly-established colonies in the 1630s, and of the first 100 university graduates who settled in New England, no less than one third were men from Emmanuel University.
In 1638, the fledgling township of Newtowne in Massachusetts was renamed, as a compliment to Emmanual preacher, Thomas Shepherd, and to reflect the creation of the new college there.
The new name chosen was Cambridge…
Taken on August 27, 2007.