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Pembroke College, Cambridge

Pembroke College is the third college founded in the University of Cambridge. The Foundress of the College was Mary de St Pol[?], daughter of Guy de Chatillon[?] and wife of Aymer de Valence[?], Earl of Pembroke. It was on Christmas Eve 1347 that Edward III of England granted her the licence for the foundation.

The original buildings comprised in a single court (now called First Court) all the component parts of a college - chapel, hall, kitchen and buttery, Master's lodgings, students' rooms - and the statutes provided for a manciple, a cook, a barber and a laundress. Both the founding of the College and the building of the chapel - the first College chapel in Cambridge - required the grant of a Papal Bull[?].

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