Southward Cathedral, Harvard Chapel Crest Veritas, Latin for "Verity" or "Truth"
Founder of Harvard University John Harvard was born in near the church in Southwark. His father was a business associate of Shakespeare’s family and Shakespeare is believed to have been present when John was baptized in the church in 1607, according to Sacred Destinations.
John Harvard is commemorated in the church by the Harvard Chapel, off the North Transept, restored with funds received from members of Harvard University. John was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and graduated in 1635. “The following year he married Anne Sadler and having no relatives left in Southwark, decided to join his brother Puritans to form a godly commonwealth in the New World.
Arriving in Boston, with his library of 320 volumes, Harvard was admitted a townsman of Charlestown and ministered in the 'First Church'. He was described as a scholar and lover of learning. He died childless in 1638. He left his books (of which only one remains) and half his fortune, £779 17s 2d, to the college of Newtown, a foundation for the 'education of English and Indian youth in knowledge and godliness'. Newtown became Cambridge, Massachusetts and the college became Harvard University according to the church website.