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A very social college at Lancaster University with a popular live music scene and musical society involvements.
Situated at the south end of Bailrigg campus, Pendle college is an incredibly social college, known for its great emphasis on music. The college was named after the famous Pendle witch trials in the early 17th century, when 13 women were tried for crimes of being a witch! There’s also lots more information around Lancaster, particularly at the Castle, on this famous event in our local history. Pendle’s accommodation blocks surround a grassy quad space, often used for social events, with the Pendle Rooms social centre on one side. The college also benefit from their own bar, and regularly hold quiz nights, music events and a whole host of sporting and social events throughout the year.
Founded in 1974, Pendle college is one of the more recent colleges to be constructed at Lancaster University, as the 7th college on campus. Pendle was named after the historic area of Pendle, just south of Lancaster, associated with great legend and folklore and probably more well known for the Pendle witched the trials that took place at Lancaster Castle in 1612. The college logo features the Pendle Witch riding on a broomstick, against a yellow background. New accommodation blocks were constructed in 1994 and originally no one could decide whether Grizedale or Pendle should be offered the new blocks. Legend has it, that the decision was resolved through a drinking game which was won by Grizedale, who chose to stay and take on the existing Pendle blocks as part of their own. Pendle now reside in the new accommodation blocks, overlooking beautiful woodland and the villages of Galgate and Ellel.
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Pendle college offer a wide variety of sports and social events, with several sports teams, as well as taking part in many inter-college tournaments and events. Best known as the ‘music college’ Pendle take pride in having fabulous acoustics in the bar, their very own performance stage and the longest running live music night on campus. The college are also very much involved with the musical societies on campus, many of which were founded by the Pendle college members themselves. Pendle college have a wide variety of tournaments and challenges throughout the year, as well as many social and sports events. Pendle have successfully won many of the annual sustainability challenges, competing against the other colleges, which is a great event to get involved in. The college also take part in the annual University Challenge style quiz, the Intercollegiate Debating Competition, along with the Warriors and Carter Shield. There is always something to get involved in, and the wide variety of events mean, there is something to suit everyone. One of the most unique events of the college is the famous Pendle Cup, which see all the sports teams compete against one another across different sports, which is open to both team members and non-team members. Sports teams in the college include football, netball and table tennis as well as bar sports. Pendle are also proud to have won the prestigious George Wyatt Cup for 5 consecutive years, which includes bar sports such as darts, pool and dominoes with colleges taking it in turns to host in their respective bars.
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TEREZA LANCASTER UNIVERSITY STUDENT