Founded in 1909 as an Anglican theological college for ordinands, St John’s became a full constituent college of Durham University in 1919 and now you can study any subject that’s offered in Durham City here. In 1958, Cranmer Hall (the “vicar factory”) became distinct from John’s Hall (where people study for all the usual degrees). Some of the biggest figures in the Church of England, such as the current Archbishop of Canterbury, studied here. Legend has it that when Lady Cruddas donated money to build a new accommodation block (Cruddas House), she made it a condition that no alcohol would be sold on the grounds, and that that’s why John’s bar is in the cellar (underneath the grounds!).
We spoke to Alice Butler, St John’s SU Rep, to find out a little more about the college.