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List of fictional Cambridge colleges
Fictional colleges are perennially popular in modern novels, allowing the author much greater licence when describing the more intimate activities of a Cambridge college and a way of placing events that might not be permitted by actual Cambridge geography.
Marcian College – Raisley Conyngham's old college in In the Image of God by Simon Raven. Located between the Round Church and Portugal Place, i.e. between St John's and Jesus. Described by its head porter as "the least distinguished college in the kingdom, with the possible exception of Hertford College, Oxford".
Old College - fictional college from the PorterGirl books and blog, written by Lucy Brazier
Pelby College - spoof college that Cambridge students use as an "unmistakable landmark" when giving directions to tourists. By convention it is located somewhere between Magdalene and St John's.
St Alupent's College - in the novels of Mary Selby/Joanna Bell. The College is the setting of her book Gargoyles and Port, in which its very existence comes under threat from the neighbouring, rival College, largely thanks to an ancient contract signed by the founder, St Alupent himself. The author studied at Gonville and Caius College.
Wetmarsh College - subject of an operetta by Mark Wainwright and Roland Anderson entitled Wetmarsh College, or, Dr Middlebottom, first staged at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge, in 2005 (Wetmarsh is never explicitly said to be in Cambridge, but Wainwright's libretto [albeit including a little Oxford terminology] and the place of its composition and first performance make it fairly clear).
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