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Cambridge University - Girton College (England)

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[Girton College] image by António Martins-Tuvàlkin, 17 August 2009
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Girton College is – or was, rather – unusual in that it provided a home for women studying at Cambridge University (GB):
“Established in 1869 as the first residential College for women, Girton occupies spacious grounds to the northwest of the centre of Cambridge. It became mixed in 1977 with the arrival of the first male Fellows, and male undergraduates have been admitted since 1979. The equal balance between the numbers of men and women, amongst both the Fellowship and the students, is matched by no other College.”

Direct links to photos showing the banner of arms (the arms itself are shown on above page):

The image above is taken from this Girton page: These are composite arms, fully explained at They represent Emily Davies (ideal or ascribed arms: green/sinople and white/argent colours), Barbara Bodichon (ermines), Henry Tomkinson (cross), and Henrietta Maria, Lady Stanley (crescents). Blazon, gratefully lifted from this source: “Quarterly Vert and Argent a cross flory countercharged a Roundel Ermine and in the second and third quarters a Crescent Gules.”
Jan Mertens, 30 April 2009

The image above is a variant of the banner of arms, shown in use with white cloth for the Argent field quarters and grey cloth for the Argent cross quarters and roundels.
António Martins-Tuvàlkin, 17 August 2009