Frances Sidney (1531–1589), Countess of Sussex, Foundress of Sidney Sussex College.Daughter of Sir William Sidney, of Penshurst Place in Kent. Sister of Sir Henry Sidney, aunt of both poet Sir Philip Sidney and first Sidney Earl of Leicester. Married Thomas, 3rd Earl of Sussex.Lady Sussex left the sum of £5,000 together with some plate to found a new college at Cambridge University. The mascot of the college is the blue and gold porcupine, taken from the Sidney family coat of arms.
Pale Yellow Head without Ears Location: Cambridge - Sidney Sussex College Type: Haunting Manifestation Date / Time: 1960s Further Comments: The spectral floating head is alleged to be that of Cromwell - this part of his body was finally laid to rest in the building in 1960. Nothing has been seen of this strange sight recently, though there are other reports of an elderly University Don dressed in grey who moves from this campus towards Christ's College.