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Ushaw, which started its life as a catholic seminary training men for the priesthood, is now open to the public as a conference and events centre, with a wide array of exhibitions.  This page provides essential information for all visitors who have never experienced the beauty of Ushaw before.



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Ushaw has a long history, with some wonderful stories of the old College.  From Douai, to Crook Hall, to our current place at Ushaw, learn more about the history of our beautiful organisation.

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The English College at Douai


Ushaw can claim its history going as far back as the famous English College at Douai, France.  After the French Revolution, and a resettlement back to their homeland of the Catholics who had been persecuted there, Ushaw College was born.

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Notable Alumni

To learn more about some of the great alumni of Ushaw College, among whom sit war heroes and renowned poets such as Francis Thompson, who wrote the incredible 'Hound of Heaven'.

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