Cambridge 2000: Lucy Cavendish College: Lady Margaret Road: College House (Torrisdale)
Lucy Cavendish College originated out of a Dining Group of female
academics. In 1963 they formed the Lucy Cavendish Collegiate
Society. In 1965 this became an Approved Society of the
university. That same year they occupied two rooms in the
building at 20 Silver Street, before moving in 1966 to two
buildings at 16-18 Northampton Street. These were leased
with the university paying the rent.
In 1967, College House, which was originally known as Torrisdale
but was at that time known as St Francis House, was vacated by
the Franciscan Brothers. The owners,
St John's College,
agreed to lease the building to Lucy Cavendish, and the latter
occupied the building in 1969.
The freehold for this building, the two neighbouring buildings
and for the 2.7 acre site surrounding these, was purchased
from St John's in 1976.
From 1969 until 1976 one of the rooms in College House was
the home of the
Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre,
because Olga Kennard, the founder of the CCDC, was one of
the first Fellows of Lucy Cavendish.
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