… Heaven in Pity First sent amongst us this All-Healing Berry,
Coffee arrives, that grave and wholesome Liquor,That heals the stomach, makes the genius quicker,Relieves the memory, revives the sad, And cheers the Spirits, without making mad. — Anon. (1674)
Designed by Nicholas Stone, master mason to Charles I and paid for by the chaplain to William Laud, then Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of the University, this highly flamboyant porch dating to 1637 ranks as one of Stone’s most ambitious works.