I would like to show you some pictures taken by night in Cambridge – the city, where I have been living for nearly 5 years. Below you can see images of random places. I attached also the links to the short description of most of these places. First see all of them on the map provided:
- Cambridge punting – Scudamore company flat-bottom boats are seen from the Bridge Street.
Scudamore company is the largest punting association in Cambridge, counting nearly 110 years. This punt follows up to the Venetian gondola. The typical cost per person is between 12 and 15GBP. Because I was a tour guide on punting I will prepare another article about the sites, which we can see when sitting on the boat.
- The Round Church – The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This is the Anglican church built in the XIIth century. Currently, the grade I listed building. The building was inspired by the rotunda, known from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
- St. Johns College Chapel – built in the XIX century to replace smaller one, built in medieval times.
The St. Johns College chapel is famous for the choirs. Usually, the choirs sing the traditional religious music at the holy masses and daily services. This tradition reaches the XVII century.
- St. Johns College – is a part of the University of Cambridge, founded by Tudors in the XVI century.
The complex stands on former Hospital od St Johns the Evangelist. The picture above shows the Great Gate, adorned with the arms of Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was the foundress.
- Trinity Street – the street connecting St. Johns Street, King’s Parade and Trumpington Street.
The name of this street comes from Trinity College, located on the west side.
- Green Street – famous for shops and restaurants
More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Street,_Cambridge
- Rose Crescent Lane– another shopping lane
- Michaelhouse Centre – former college, belonging to the University of Cambridge, that recently has been deeply refurbished and turned into the st. Michael’s Church with architecture visible until the present day.
Recent remodeling took place in the early 2000s, adapting the existing parish church into something like the community centre.
- Gonville & Caius College University of Cambridge – located on the opposite side of the Michaelhouse (Pic. 11).
This a fourth-oldest college at the University of Cambridge is known from one of the notable scientist, who used to work there – Stephen Hawking, an author of the “Brief history of time”. This scientist died in 2018.
- The University of Cambridge Senate House – a place of the degree ceremonies.
The building was designed with a neo-classical style. It’s a grade I class building.
- King’s College Chapel – belongs to King’s College, which is a fundamental college of the University of Cambridge, founded by Henry VI in XV century.
This is perfect and one of the greatest examples of Gothic English architecture at once. The building is known for the largest fan vault in the world.
- King’s College porters lodge – the main entrance to the college.
King’s College has its own choir, founded in the XVI century. Today this is one of the most traditional choirs in England, having its own recordings and global performances.
- St Benet’s Church – the oldest church in Cambridgeshire.
This is also the oldest building in Cambridge, built likely before the mid-XI century, prominent because of a characteristical Anglo-Saxon type of tower.
- Corn Exchange – the biggest concert venue in Cambridge.
The capacity of this concert venue reaches almost 1700 places. Sometimes it is used also as the examination hall for students at the University of Cambridge.
- Corn Exchange Street – runs just behind the Corn Exchange concert hall.
Formerly Slaughter Lane, nowadays Corn Exchange Street marks the line of King’s Ditch existing in the XVI century.
- Sidney Street Lloyds Bank – well preserved Victorian-style building.
Previously this building was the seat of the Foster’s Bank, that name still appears above the main entrance.
- Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.
- Museum of Zoology at the University of Cambridge – it’s a part of the research ward of the Department of Zoology.
The museum owes the collections mainly from XIX century, from the time of the modern biology development.
- Downing Street – one of the main streets in central Cambridge.
The name comes from Downing Site, consisting of several museums of the University of Cambridge. In medieval times, there was a boggy area, which has been turned into Downing College.
- Pembroke College – a third-oldest constituent college of the University of Cambridge.
The most representative part of Pembrooke College is the Old Court, which includes all components of the complex.
- Pembroke Street is the continuation of Downing Street, leading to a junction with Trumpington Street.
- The Pitt Building is a headquarter of the Cambridge University Press.
Cambridge University Press is the oldest publishing house in the World, established in the XVI century.
- St Botolph’s Church – another grade I listed building in central Cambridge.
The church is remarkable because of its beautiful tower built from flint, rubble and the Barnack stone.
- Ede & Ravenscroft at the Silver Street
Silver Street links the Trumpington Street with the Mill Lane Site through the Silver Street Bridge.
- Corpus Christi College is only one college established by Cambridge townsfolk.
This is one of the biggest colleges in Cambridge, including several outlying properties and series of terraced houses.
- Cambridge Guildhall – the place, where the Tourist Information Centre is based.
The building is used both for Council, civic happenings and University of Cambridge. It’s a Grade II listed object.
- Cambridge Market Square – so-called Market Hill.
The market square operates here since the Saxon times. This is the daily outdoor market with a multitude of stalls.
- Trinity College – it’s the largest college in the Uk by the number of undergraduates.
There is a lot of notable persons associated with Trinity College. 34 of them have won the Nobel Prizes. One of the alumni was Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell.
- Clare College – initially it was the University of Cambridge hall.
The most remarkable part of the college is the Old Court, which is the Grate I listed building. The Old Court can be seen from the river Cam.
- Trinity Lane – is a street in central Cambridge, leading to the Trinity College and Clare College.
- Great St. Mary’s Church – known of the Stephen Hawking Funeral in 2018.
This is the university church of the University of Cambridge.
- King’s Parade – one of the main streets in central Cambridge.
This area is known also as a Senate House Hill, including the vicinity of King’s College, Senate House, and Great St. Mary’s Church.
- St Catharine College – was founded in the XV century by Katharine Hall.
Unlike other colleges in Cambridge, this one has open court on the front instead of a closed quadrangle.
- Petty Cury – pedestrianized shopping lane in central Cambridge.
- Christ College – is known by the most famous alumni like Charles Darwin and John Milton.
This is one of the 5 colleges in Oxford and Cambridge, which has its own swimming pool.
- Parker’s Piece – the most representative park in Cambridge.
Parker’s Piece is a roughly square-shaped green common in the centre of Cambridge. Its role is also the regional bus station (National Express bus stop at Parkside).
- Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church (OLEM) – the church with the highest spire in Cambridge.
This is a Gothic Revival church built in the late XIX century and is known as one of the largest catholic churches in the UK. Because I am Polish, this church is important as the Polish parish has been found in 1948 by post-war Polish immigrants.
- Cambridge University Botanic Garden – 16 hectares garden with a lot of various plants.
The Cambridge Botanic Garden holds over 8000 plant species from around the world. It was created in XIX century.
- The Anchor Pub – a place, where the Pink Floyd band was formed.
- Silver Street Bridge – with a good view from the Scudamore’s Punting Station.
It looks like I have finished my short tour around the most interesting spots in Cambridge. I will develop some topics in the future and broaden your knowledge about this remarkable city. I won’t use the link to Wikipedia like now, I promise 😉