Ushaw Seminary

Ushaw College or St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw (Sounds like a sausage "St Cuthberts Pork Sausages") is a Roman Catholic seminary, It was founded at Douai in French land as the English College, which then moved to Ushaw Moor, four miles west of Durham in England in 1808 and became a Licensed Hall of the University of Durham in 1968. It is independent of the University but offers courses validated by the University. Both Church and lay students study at the college. In 2002 the College rejected a report from the Roman Catholic hierarchy that it should merge with St Mary's College, Oscott, near Birmingham. In October 2010 it was announced that the college is to close in the summer of 2011 due to the shortage of vocations in the Roman Catholic Church, and that the site might be sold; in June 2011 it was announced that the college's Trustees and Durham University are considering redesignating the college an international center for Catholic studies.

Some of the college's buildings are no longer used, but some have been converted into a conference centre. The main college buildings are grade II listed, however the College Chapel is grade II* and the Chapel of St Michael is grade I. The Refectory was designed and built by Pugin, as was the original chapel although this was later dismantled and replaced by the present building designed by Dunn and Hansom. The original college buildings (1804–1808) were designed by James Taylor.

Please click on the thumb nail below to view Larger Image