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Girton College, Cambridge,

Girton College, Cambridge,
Photograph taken 01/01/1920 © Historic England Archive ref: EPW000041

Emily Davies began fundraising in the 1870s to build a women's university college offering the same examinations as those of male undergraduates at Cambridge. Parental concern at the moral danger of girls leaving home made it important to choose the right location. A site was chosen near Girton village that was far enough from Cambridge to deter visits by male students. The architect was Alfred Waterhouse. The building was unfinished when students arrived in 1873.