College of Matrons


An ornate facade and elaborate crest distinguish the College of Matrons, which was founded in 1682 for the widows and unmarried daughters of clergymen. It sits just inside narrow High St Gate.

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1. High St Gate

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One of the narrow, ancient gates leading into Cathedral Close.

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5. Magna Carta

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6. Poultry Cross

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8. Cathedral Close

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