Chichele College Garden

a place for contemplation, recreation and education





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Sadly, in line with government advice to reduce social contact to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we have decided to postpone all events until further notice.

The building may be closed for the foreseeable future but please take the opportunity to walk around the walled garden with its ancient ruin and foundations.

It’s a very special place; a Scheduled Monument which has considerable historical significance to the town and many who visit the site are enchanted by its spiritual atmosphere

In these uncertain and challenging times, it is heart-warming that it can serve as a place of peace and tranquillity.

Chichele College Exhibitions

From April to November, many local artists exhibit and sell their work in this historic building. Entry is free.

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LIVE at Chichele College

You can listen for free to our summer season of live music, presented in association with Higham Ferrers Town Council.

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Chichele College Garden

The newly created medieval-style garden was a community project initiated by the Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership funded by a National Lottery Community Spaces grant and the generosity of the local community.

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The garden has become a place for contemplation, recreation and education for the local community, as well visitors to the College. Every effort is being made to make it accessible to all.

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Pupils visit the college …

Higham Ferrers Junior School pupils had a wonderful time visiting Chichele College as part of the living history of Higham Ferrers. They were all given an opportunity to:

  • sketch in the medieval gardens
  • use a quill and ink to write with
  • watch the Higham Ferrers Charter video
  • take a History quiz
  • look at artefacts and try on helmets from WW2
  • plant bulbs (yellow and red for Henry Chichele's colours).

Some comments from pupils during the week:

  • Jenna, "The garden was really cool seeing all the old things."
  • Isabelle, "I loved trying on the hats and sketching the big gate."
  • Lucy, "The film was very creative."
  • "The garden was nice and peaceful." Rachel.
  • Katie, "I liked planting the flower bulbs, it was a bit dirty but fun."

Visit

Come along at any time …

The garden is open all year round, and all events are free of charge.

Saffron …

Ever wondered why Saffron Road is so named? This crocus was grown by the inhabitants at Chichele College who were granted a licence from the King to grow what has always been the world’s most expensive spice.