Pendle College, Lancaster

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Pendle College
Pendle standard accommodation (a.k.a. 'Pendle Ghetto')
University Lancaster University
Motto Altiora sequamor
Seek to Climb to the Top
Established 1974
Named for Pendle Region
Principal Tracy Walters
JCR President Amy Hopper
Dean Martin Colclough
Undergraduates 720
Newspaper The Witch
Website Pendle College
Pendle JCR

Pendle College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Lancaster. Founded in 1974, the college is named after the Pendle region of the east of Lancashire,[1] which is dominated by Pendle Hill. The term "Pendle" is associated with a great deal of fantasy and legend. Although named after Pendle Hill, the area is perhaps more well known for its association with the infamous Pendle Witches.


Pendle ensuite accommodation in Alexandra Park (a.k.a. 'Pendle Posh')

With standard, en-suite and studio accommodation Pendle College has a wide choice of accommodation options. The college moved to its current location at the far south end of campus in 1994;[2] Grizedale College had already incorporated the original Pendle buildings in 1993. When the university had floated proposals to build new college accommodation at what was then the southern end of campus, it was agnostic as to whether Grizedale or Pendle should take ownership of the new residences. The colleges' Senior Common Rooms were similarly unable to determine their position so the matter was decided through a drinking game conducted between students from both colleges[citation needed]. Grizedale won and elected to retain their existing college buildings and take over the existing Pendle buildings; Pendle would move to the new accommodation. The buildings completed in 1994 surround the college quadrangle and house 402 standard residence rooms. This complex is now known as 'Pendle Ghetto'.[1]

Rooms situated in nearby 'Pendle Posh' are subject to higher rents and have ensuite facilities. With its own quadrangle, 'Pendle Posh' occupies nine blocks of the Alexandra Park complex.[1] Ensuite rooms are available in blocks 24-28: Winewall; Higherford; Fence and Crowtrees. Self-contained studio accommodation is in block 29 - Barnoldswick. Brierfield was part of Pendle until 2009 when it became part of Graduate College.

'Pendle Ghetto' houses the two-storey college bar, Pendle Rooms, and JCR lounge, featuring a balcony overlooking the quad. Pendle Rooms is one of the larger bars on campus[3] and has the best acoustics of all the bars on campus[citation needed]. 'Pendle Ghetto' also houses a launderette, computer lab, secure bike sheds, college offices and the Porters' Lodge. The residential blocks in Pendle Ghetto are numbered, starting with the bar; the two-storey bar is called the 'Merriman Block', after former college principal and history lecturer Marcus Merriman.


The De Lacy's purple lion crest

The college crest depicts a lion rampant standing on top of Pendle Hill with a witch's broom. The lion is taken from the arms of the Norman lords of the Pendle area, the de Lacys. The Latin motto "altiora sequamor" means "seek to climb to the top". The Junior Common Room College logo is a black witch on a full moon. The Pendle JCR motto is Venue of Legends. The college colours are dark green, yellow and black.


The statutes of the university established the college. Internally, the key committee that runs the College is the College Syndicate.

Most college officers are drawn from the Senior Common Room (SCR), although the Assistant Deans are both JCR members as well as being a part of the SCR. The SCR is composed of all University staff who are also members of Pendle.

Junior Common Room[edit]

The Junior Common Room (JCR) consists of all Pendle undergraduates. The term JCR is often used in reference to elected executive committee of the JCR. The executive committee undertake a variety of tasks, ranging from organising social events to co-ordinating sports, producing publicity and offering education and welfare services.

Notable alumni[edit]


Coordinates: 54°00′22″N 2°47′07″W / 54.00617°N 2.78521°W / 54.00617; -2.78521