St John's College is one of the oldest and largest colleges in Cambridge founded in 1511. Former students include famous business and political leaders, as well as renowned scientists and artists, and these include ten Nobel Prize winners and seven prime ministers. As many Cambridge colleges, it is an inspiring place to visit with a fascinating history.
The Old Divinity School, across the road from the College was designed and built in late Gothic or Tudor style to complement St. John's College itself. It was completed in 1879 and the architect was Basil Champneys (1842-1935). When it first opened, it was described as "far beyond any other new work of the kind in Cambridge that we have seen".
It reverted to College use in 1997 and re-opened in 2012 after over three years of planning, archaeological excavation and restoration. Now, this unique and distinctive complex provides exceptional facilities for many events, including opera, with its 180-seat lecture theatre, as well as teaching and meeting rooms. More information is available at www.victorianweb.org/art/architecture/champneys/4.htm