Subseries 3 - New Court

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GB 1859 SJCR/SJES/5/3


New Court


  • 1824-1852 (Creation)

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142 items and 5 bundles, paper, card and parchment

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Records relating to the construction of New Court and the Bridge of Sighs, including designs for the building, correspondence regarding the construction work, financial records such as bills and receipts, and agreements with building contractors.

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In July 1824, the College Seniors agreed that additional buildings should be constructed. John Clement Mead produced designs in October 1824, but it appears that the College chose not to proceed with these. In 1825 the architects William Wilkins, Arthur Browne and Rickman and Hutchinson were invited to submit plans for the new building. It appears that Wilkins did not submit a design. The plan by Rickman and Hutchinson was selected in March 1826. The building was financed by two loans from the Exchequer Bill Loan Commission and private donations. Work began on the foundations and basement of New Court in late 1826 and the building was completed in 1831.

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