Located in the attractive Northamptonshire market town of Higham Ferrers, Chichele College is a rare surviving example of a chantry college. It was founded in 1422 by the locally born Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury. Such colleges, common in England in the 14th and 15th centuries, were groups of priests who shared a communal life which was less strictly controlled than that of a monastery.
The gatehouse, chapel and other remains of the college buildings survive, and the chapel is now regularly used for art exhibitions.
Read more about Chichele College's history.
Before You Go
Parking: There is a small free car park within a two minute walk of the site.
Opening Times: The gardens are open any reasonable time during daylight hours. To view the chapel please contact the key keeper, Mrs D Holyoak, in advance on 01933 314157.
Access: The ground floor of the chapel interior is accessible to wheelchair users but the small gallery area is accessed via stairs.
Facilities: There is a toilet and a disabled toilet. The college is in the centre of the market town of Higham Ferrers with a choice of places to eat and shops.
Dogs: Dogs welcome on leads in grounds but assistance dogs only inside chapel.
Plan a Great Day Out
16 miles northwest from Chichele college is the intriguing Rushton Triangular Lodge. The use of the number three, symbolising the Holy Trinity, in the building is a testament to its designer Sir Thomas Tresham's Roman Catholic faith, and it has three sides, three triangular gables on each side, three floors and trefoil windows.
Or 14 miles southeast of the college is Bushmead Priory. a rare survival of a complete refectory of an Augustinian priory.
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