This church is just a few steps away from the tea garden " Orchard ". A graveyard is all around it, many of the tombstones are too withered to read who has been buried there.
In front of the altar the floor is made by a large, beautiful mosaic, showing a pelican . This bird is an old symbol for Christianity all throughout Europe, because in medieval times it was thought that pelicans were feeding their young by giving them their own blood. The people didn't realize that in fact the young pelicans got fish out of their parents' beaks. Because of the last supper ( Jesus giving his blood) the connection to pelicans was made. This is why you can find images of pelicans in churches far away from any real pelicans.
On the benches there were many cushions, all have been embroidered by a member of the church congregation to remember a friend or relative.
I liked the church very much. It seemed so far away from busy Cambridge!
Grantchester (see accompanying travelogue) is a lengthy punt ride (or a short drive) from Cambridge, about 4 miles away. Grantchester is a quiet village with 3 good pubs, one named after the poet Rupert Brooke, who was educated at King's College and came to be associated with the village of Grantchester.
we rode the bikes to the orchard at grancester, can't really remember how we'd known it though, it's not that far away from cambridge, and i really really loved the scenery of the countryside, it's exactly what i always think the lovely english towns should be like, when we arrove there, all of us were really hungry, i ordered jacket potato and sprite,though they do sound strange, but it was really an unforgettable experience,though there was a little bee kept on humming around us...anyway would love to go back there again"*S*
This sleepy little village is about 4 miles out of Cambrige and has three delightful looking pubs all with a colour in their name.