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King's College, Cambridge

King's College, Cambridge is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The College was founded by King Henry VI in 1441 and was originally intended as a college for pupils from Eton College, itself founded by Henry. Over the following centuries the college the gradually broadened its intake and indeed is now widely regarded to be amongst the progressive of the Cambridge colleges. As of 2003, around 80% of the British undergraduate intake were educated at state schools.

The College's Chapel, considered by most to be the finest in the country, was built over the period of 100 years in three stages. Much of the stone used to build the chapel came from Ramsey Abbey near Ramsey, Cambridgeshire. The Chapel choir traditionally broadcast their Nine Lessons and Carols[?] on the BBC from the chapel on Christmas Eve.

Alumni of the College include E. M. Forster, Rupert Brooke, Alan Turing, John Maynard Keynes and Salman Rushdie.

The College is located at King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST, UK, and is the only Oxbridge College to have "1ST" in its postal code.

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