Founder's Building

Coordinates: 51°25′29″N 00°34′00″W / 51.42472°N 0.56667°W / 51.42472; -0.56667
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Founder's Building
Founder's Building is located in Surrey
Founder's Building
General information
Architectural styleFrench Renaissance
Town or cityEgham
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates51°25′29″N 00°34′00″W / 51.42472°N 0.56667°W / 51.42472; -0.56667
Construction started1874
ClientThomas Holloway
Design and construction
Architect(s)William Henry Crossland
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameRoyal Holloway College
Designated17 November 1986
Reference no.1028946

The Founder's Building is the original building of Royal Holloway College, University of London (RHUL), in Egham, Surrey, England. It is an example of French-Renaissance-style architecture in the United Kingdom, having been modelled on French chateaus such as Château de Chambord.[1] Today it is the dominant building on the campus.


The construction of the building began in 1874, and was completed in 1881. The building and the college were a £600,000 "gift to the nation" by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway. It was designed by the architect William Henry Crossland, and inspired by the Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, France.

The building was officially opened in 1886 by Queen Victoria, who allowed the use of "Royal" in the college's name by Royal mandate. A statue of Queen Victoria sits in the centre of the north quadrangle. The centre of the south quadrangle contains a statue of Thomas Holloway and his wife Jane. The marble statues were sculpted by Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (Count Gleichen).[2]

Interior of the chapel

The Founder's Building houses the Picture Gallery, containing a collection of over 70 pieces of Victorian era art given to the college at the time of its founding by Thomas Holloway. Founder's is home to one of the university's lecture theatres, the non-denominational chapel, and the reading room, which is open to students 24/7. The north tower is known as the Clock Tower, the south as the Dragon Tower (due to its dragon like gargoyles), and the centre tower as the Lantern Tower, housing a lantern which is very occasionally lit.

Many of the college's main administrative offices remain within the Founder's Building. It is also a Hall of Residence for the campus, with rooms for over 550 students. A bar within the building is named "Crosslands" in honour of its architect.

The original building plans as well as photographs at the time of completion are available for viewing in the Royal Holloway archives located in Founder's.

Filming location[edit]

North quad

The building has been featured in several films and television programmes including:


  1. ^ Royal Holloway, University of London J. Banjeree, The Victorian Web
  2. ^ Original features Times Higher Education. 5 February 2009
  3. ^ "Films and TV Programmes filmed locally". Egham Museum. Retrieved 26 September 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "In TV and film". Royal Holloway, University of London. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
  5. ^ "An inspiring location for study and on screen". Royal Holloway University of London. Retrieved 26 September 2023.
  6. ^ Royal Holloway stars in new ITV2 drama Archived 2 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine Royal Holloway. 11 September 2009
  7. ^ a b Thiel, Michele (17 March 2022). "The pretty little town 55 minutes from London where Downton Abbey, Jack Ryan and Avengers were all filmed". MyLondon. Retrieved 26 September 2023.
  8. ^ College venue website, accessed 20 July 2021
  9. ^ Clarke, Chloe (16 April 2022). "Netflix's 'You' reportedly being filmed at Royal Holloway as TikTok fans share videos". Surrey Live. Retrieved 26 September 2023.

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