Legacies and Bequests

Through the centuries, legacies and bequests have played a vital part in Corpus’ success, enabling the very best teaching and our students experience of College life.

A gift in your will can help support Corpus as a whole, or an aspect of college life with which you have a particular affinity.

Discussing your plans

If you are considering leaving a gift to Corpus in your will, our Development Executive will be pleased to talk to you about your wishes and intentions. We are unable to offer legal or financial advice, but we are happy to answer your questions about legacies in general.

A will is very personal, and we quite understand if you prefer to keep your intentions private. However, if you do wish to let us know about a legacy to the College, we will be able to thank you personally and keep you informed about the impact your gift could make. You may also wish to join the Frost Society and be invited to specifically organised events for the members.

You can fill in the form available in the Frost Society Legacy Brochure where you can let us know about your intentions by completing a Legacy Pledge Form or contact our Development Office for more information. This does not commit you in any way – it simply includes us in your current plans so that we can respond appropriately. Please be assured that the information will be treated as confidential.

Please note that it is important to consult your legal adviser before drafting a new will, updating an existing one or making other plans for your estate.

The Frost Society

Bishop Fox founded Corpus Christi College in 1517 with the help of a £4,000 donation from his friend Bishop Oldham – worth around £1m today. Corpus then received a legacy from Fox's steward, William Frost of Avington, who later became High Sheriff of Hampshire.

When Frost died he bequeathed his estate at Maplederwell to the College, so its income could support the maintenance of a Scholar and a Fellow.

In recognition of Frost's generosity, the College named its legacy society after him.