Ripon College, Cuddesdon



On our way to Oxford, we called in at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, to see the remarkable new Bishop Edward King Chapel.

I spent a year here in 1975-6. Alison and I were newly married – the Principal, Canon Professor Martyn Percy, took us round to see our first home at 6 The Lane and just behind the Bat and Ball Pub. It was the first year of the difficult merger between Ripon Hall and Cuddesdon College. I made friends for life but it was an uncomfortable time.

The College today is a remarkable place and provides training in various modes for over 200 students. With the present review of TISEC, training is much in our minds so it was good to catch up.

The Chapel is a remarkable building. For more photographs, take a look at the architect’s website. Irish of course, Niall McLaughlin found the concept for the design in the poetry of Seamus Heaney. It’s in the connection between the word ‘nave’ and ‘navis’ meaning ship