East of England
Lady Margaret Beaufort
Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby
Bletsoe Castle, Bedforshire 1443 - London 1509
mother of King Henry VII of England and an influential matriarch of the House of Tudor. Founded Christ's College in Cambridge in 1505 and began the development of St John's College, which was completed posthumously by her executors in 1511
The gatehouse is adorned with a statue of the foundress Lady Margaret Beaufort above the arms of the foundress Lady Margaret Beaufort flanked by curious creatures known as yales, mythical beasts with elephants' tails, antelopes' bodies, goats' heads, and swivelling horns. Above these and in the top of the gatehouse are displayed her ensigns, the Red Rose of Lancaster and Portcullis.
Colleges in Cambridge
The university colleges in Cambridge occupy large areas with several buildings and courts. There are numerous statues, mostly in the façades of the various buildings. The statues with ☒ are not visible from the public road. Most of the colleges are accessible for visitors during certain times of the day, some for free, others for a small (or not so small) fee.
Location (N 52°12'18" - E 0°7'18")
Item Code: gbee071; Photograph: 23 October 2015
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