The 16' Club

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The 16' Club is a dining club established for male members of St David's College (now St David's College, Trinity Saint David); also known as "The Sixteens", the "College Sixteen" or simply "16", it has been accused of being a secret society. Some authors agree with that definition,[1] however others do not.[2]

With probable origins in the early 19th century, it is now the only remaining dining club at the University College, and the sole remaining collegiate dining club in Wales. The Club's colour is light blue.

Foundation and Origins[edit]

The precise foundation of the club is impossible to place accurately, as so much documentation from the pre-war era has been lost, however a volume recently published by HarperCollins places the approximate foundation of the club at 1874-6.[3]

There existed a body of students in the 1830 to 1850s who banded together in secrecy to flout the strict rules which forbade students from appearing in the town without their gown, "communicating" with local women and frequenting the local alehouses.[4] It is this tradition which the Club has made itself known for following.

The Club Today[edit]

Today, The 16' Club is solely a dining club, though vestiges of the Club's clerical origin remain in the retention of the College Prayer [5] and the nominal requirement that members be bachelors.

The clandestine nature of their meetings, and the reticence of their members, means that little is known about the club.

Purpose[edit]

The purpose of the College 16 is officially defined as, "... to maintain the traditions of Saint David's College, and to provide and maintain a fraternity of gentlemen of calibre for mutual support whilst at University and in post graduate life."[6]

Membership[edit]

Admission to the Club is by invitation only. The requirements and procedure are not known.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders, by Alan Axelrod, ISBN 978-0-8160-3871-8
  2. ^ Secret Societies: From the Ancient and Arcane to the Modern and Clandestine, by David V. Barrett, ISBN 978-0-7137-2772-2
  3. ^ University of Wales Lampeter: Glimpses of an Unfolding Vision: 1827–2002, ed. Robbins, Morgan-Guy, Thomas ISBN 978-0-905285-80-1
  4. ^ Secret Societies: From the Ancient and Arcane to the Modern and Clandestine, by David V. Barrett, ISBN 978-0-7137-2772-2
  5. ^ University of Wales Lampeter: Glimpses of an Unfolding Vision: 1827–2002, ed. Robbins, Morgan-Guy, Thomas ISBN 978-0-905285-80-1
  6. ^ The 16' Club Codex, independently published: 1971