County college was the only college to be named after its benefactors rather than by a location in the area. The County council donated a generous sum of money towards its construction and promised to donate 50,000 a year for 10 years towards the university’s running costs. A commemorative plaque situated outside the college office remembers their generous contribution
It was decided that County college should be based upon the old Oxonian idea of building colleges around a quadrangle because it adds to the collegiate nature of the university and expresses the idea of an individual community. The only way that a square could be incorporated into County was around an old oak tree that had been spared as a sapling by an agricultural labourer over 200 years ago. The tree rises majestically above the college and provides a great deal of shade during the hotter months.
The motto of the college is “Sine Consilio Nihil” which translates into “means without nothing.” Consilio" is latin for “council” and refers to the fact that Lancashire County Council proposed and funded the building of the college. “Consilio” also means “planning” and “design” and seeks to show that things are of little use without planning.