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Cambridge , United Kingdom
Street Trumpington St
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Lonely Planet review

The oldest and smallest college, Peterhouse is a charming place founded in 1284. Much of the college was rebuilt or added to over the years, including the exceptional little chapel built in 1632, but the main hall is bona fide 13th century and has been beautifully restored. Just to the north is Little St Mary's Church , which has a memorial to Peterhouse student Godfrey Washington, great-uncle of George. His family coat of arms was the stars and stripes, the inspiration for the US flag. Rumours abound among undergrads – vigorously denied by college authorities – of tales of hauntings and spectral happenings on the site. Three Nobel Prize winners count themselves among Peterhouse's alumni.