Chichele College, Higham Ferrars, Northamptonshire, England. Another historic site I used to manage.
Chichele College is the gatehouse, chapel and other remains of a communal residence for priests serving the parish church, founded by locally-born Henry Chichele the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1414 to 1443 he was also the founder of All Souls’ College in Oxford University.
The term ‘college’ was then used to describe a community of priests who shared a communal life that was less strictly controlled than that within a monastery.
Chichele is a rare surviving example of a chantry college, a type of institution common in England in the 14th and 15th centuries. The colleges’ prime concern was to offer prayers for the souls of the patron and his family, and often they also had an educational function.
It is a public art gallery that regularly display works of art among the ruins and is managed by the Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership.