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St. Cuthbert’s Society at the University of Durham

St. Cuthbert’s Society at the University of Durham was founded in 1888 primarily for local, non-resident students of the university. (For those familiar with the House system at Harvard University, St. Cuthbert’s Society is the counterpart to Dudley House.) The headquarters of the society are a collection of fine buildings in the historic heart of Durham city, near the cathedral, which contain the full complement of college common rooms as well as a number of residential spaces. These informal photos of the Durham residential colleges were taken by Robert J. O’Hara during a consulting visit to Durham. For more information about the residential colleges please visit the main Collegiate Way page.

[Formal entrance to St. Cuthbert's Society on the Bailey, Durham]

The formal entrance to the St. Cuthbert’s Society buildings along the Bailey, the main medieval street running north to south through the center of Durham city.

[Main staircase of St. Cuthbert's Society, Durham]

The main staircase inside the St. Cuthbert’s Society entrance, with portraits of past principals lining the walls.

[St. Cuthbert's Society dining room, University of Durham]

The St. Cuthbert’s Society dining hall in late afternoon light. The large windows on two sides look out on the quiet lawns and hedges behind the building.

[St. Cuthbert's Society SCR, University of Durham]

The St. Cuthbert’s Society Senior Common Room.

[Courtyard space of St. Cuthbert's Society, University of Durham]

A section of the quiet “backs” behind the main buildings of St. Cuthbert’s Society at the University of Durham.

[St. Cuthbert's Society library entrance, Durham University]

An entrance to the St. Cuthbert’s Society library opening directly onto the main sidewalk of the Bailey, the principal street of the medieval city.

[St. Cuthbert's Society courtyard, Durham University]

One of the St. Cuthbert’s Society courtyards.

[St. Cuthbert's Society courtyard, University of Durham]

One of the courtyards of St. Cuthbert’s Society at the south end of the Bailey. The wall at the rear is a section of the medieval city wall of Durham.


© Robert J. O’Hara 2000–2014