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    Guildhall (Town Hall)

    by Airpunk Written Jul 23, 2012

    Cambridge has no classic town hall, but the Guildhall. The Mayor and City Council of Cambridge have their see in there. The neoclassicist building was erected in 1939 at market square, but there have been government buildings on this spot since Henry III's reign in the 1320s. Before that, even the house of a Jewish merchant was recorded at this place.

    Due to the small size, part of the city government has been moved to the Castle Hill area, where the county government and the law courts are located. Most areas of the town hall are not open for the public. However, the two halls (Large Hall and Small Hall) are often used for fairs, music concerts, conferences and private parties.

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    St. Edward - King and Martyr

    by Airpunk Written Jul 23, 2012

    St. Edward's church is often missed by tourists as it is located in a side street - somewhere in between the Market Square and King's Parade. And even if you pass by, it doesn't look as splendid as Great St. Mary's or King's College chapel from outside. Friends of medieval churches should however give it a visit as it has preserved its Gothic interior. And for those interested in history: St. Edward has a key role in English history.

    There have most probably been older churches on the same spot. The oldest parts of the present building date from the 13th century which includes the gothic arch at the base of the tower. Most of the structure dates from the early 15th century. In 1445, the church got under influence of Trinity Hall College as this college (as well as Clare) lost its own chapel during the construction of King's College. Henry IV granted the members of those colleges to use St. Edward and build own chapels as an act of compensation. The strong bond with Trinity Hall still exists today as the chaplain is still appointed by the college. In the 1520s, the church became a thriving power of reformation. The Christmas Mass of 1525 is often regarded as the first openly evangelical mass in the country. Some historians name the church the cradle of reformation. The stained glass windows behind the alter (East Window) are from the 1860s.

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    St. Botolph's Church

    by Airpunk Written Jul 23, 2012

    A small, beautiful 14th century church which was once one of the most important of the city. It is located right in the middle between the big colleges so that it does not receive a lot of attention from the visitors. Most of the church building has been preserved in its original status, the tower and some of the chapels on the southern side were added in the 15th century. There are a lot of small details to discover and as a whole, the church is well preserved. Due to the high amount of other architectural treasures, I would not put it up high on my "to do" list for Cambridge. If you like medieval churches however, this might be a good place to visit.

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    Kettle's Yard

    by Airpunk Written Jul 17, 2012

    Here, we have an exhibition space for contemporary art which supplements the more classical museums of Cambridge on the field of modern artworks. As of 2011, entry is free - one of the reasons why I went to see two exhibitions. I liked both of them, although I have to admit that they are not the type of exhibitions which would attract a larger audience than the interested and the curious. It's still a place I would recommend for any longer stay in Cambridge.

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    Almshouses in King Street

    by Airpunk Written Jul 17, 2012

    King Street is usually pub and restaurant territory, so most people looking for architecture skip King Street, especially its western end. Those, however, miss the 19th century almshouses. The original almshouses on this spot date back to the last will of Henry wray and were built in 1634, but unfortunately, nothing of these houses remains. Today's bulding date from 1880. They were erected by wealthy citizens to offer a ome for those in need, mainly poor elderly women unable to care for their own. The wealthy gained prestige and/or a better ticket to heaven, the poor had a place to live for free or for little money. Today's almshouses still serve caritative purposes and are maintained by the King Street Housing Society.

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    Magdalene College

    by Airpunk Written Jul 10, 2012

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    My friend called that College by the name "Stabbity College" after she saw a coat of arms with a knife in it. Indeed, Magdalene is probably not known for a friendly and welcoming tradition. It was the last College to accept female students in 1987 and the girls were welcome with a flags at half-mast. Tourists, however, are well welcome and are free to roam the grounds (= no entry fee!). The gardens are a wonderful place to relax in summertime. If you are lucky, you can take a peek into the dining room, but this is usually not open to visitors. There is a library, the Biblioteca Pepysiana, which contains the collection and the famous diaries of the 17th century London chronist and naval officer. The Pepys Library, located in a beautiful 17th century building, is open for visitors, usually for two hours on every day. Please check the College's website for opening times and entry fees for the library.

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    Our Lady and the English Martyrs

    by Airpunk Updated Jul 3, 2012

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    This beautiful neogothic, roman catholic church was built between 1885 and 1890. What makes it interesting are all the small gothic details, like the richly decorated windows or the Gargoyles. The stained glass windows show the sufferings of English martyrs which were executed in the reformation troubles between 1535 and 1681. Today, it is the main Roman Catholic church in Cambridge. Its name is commonly just called "The Catholic hurch" or abbreviated to OLEM.

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    Pembroke College

    by Airpunk Written Jun 2, 2012

    Pembroke is the only College to offer an architectural potpourri on its main grounds. While most of the other colleges have a dominant architectural style (mostly Tudor or medieval Gothic), Pembroke offers the whole range from medieval Gothic via Victorian to modern just within a few metres. Furthermore, Pembroke has opened its court by pulling down its southern part, so that it is possible to reach various University and College buildings just by crossing the courts and gardens of Pembroke. Once, Pembroke had the smallest college court in Cambridge, now it has one of the largest.
    The foundation year of 1347 makes Pembroke the third oldest College in Cambridge. The front facing Trumpington street and the gatehouse from around 1400 are the oldest preserved parts of the College. Probably the most interesting buildings are the chapel and the library. Pembroke's chapel was built by Christopher Wren in 1665 and was his first larger project. The Victorian library was built by Alfred Waterhouse in 1877 with a clocktower as its trademark.

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    Cambridge Castle

    by Airpunk Written Jun 2, 2012

    Cambridge Castle was erected during the Norman Conquest on a strategically convenient place, the location of a former Roman fortification. Under Edward I, it was expanded to become a major stronghold. However, from the 14th century on, it fell into disrepair until it was finally given up and destroyed during the English Civil War in 1647. Most of the stones were used for other buildings in the city, including Magdalene College. Today, only the motte of the castle is still standing, overlooking the City of Cambridge like a natural hill. Explanatory boards with the history of the castle with the history of this place from Roman times on are available. You could see on them how the castle may have looked like.
    Even if you are not that much interested in the history of the castle, the place is also interesting from another point of view: From here, you can enjoy a view over the City of Cambridge (even if St. Giles Church stands a little in the way). During summertime, this place is particularly popular with the local youth for the one or other party. That’s the reason why from time to time a couple of empty beer and wine bottles can spoil this place…

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    Tourist Information Centre

    by grayfo Written May 30, 2012

    The Cambridge Tourist Information Centre is located in the Guildhall a listed building that was built in 1939 and refurbished in 2009. The centre is a good source of local accommodation, public transport, U.K holiday information, walking tours of Cambridge maps & guidebooks, information for those with disabilities and the usual Cambridge souvenirs.

    May to September
    Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

    October to April
    Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    email info@visitcambridge.org

    May 2012

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    ST. ANDREW'S BAPTIST CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Feb 2, 2012

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    This Church is really quite distinctive as it's built in a really unusual colour of stone.

    In 1721, a group of worshipper's moved from their meeting place, a former stable and granary into their new Church.
    In 1764 the old buildings were pulled down to be replaced with a chapel large enough to seat 600.
    The congregation kept growing until they out-grew the Church, so in 1836 it was replaced by a larger Church, the one I saw today.

    The Memorial window above and behind the choir stalls, was erected to commemorate members of the congregation who gave their lives in World War I. An additional plaque records those who died in World War II.

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    EMMANUEL COLLEGE

    by balhannah Written Feb 2, 2012

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    This college to me, was one of the least appealing. Perhaps because it is not as old as the others, only be built in 1674, but it was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
    The building's are from the late 20th century, and it does have plenty of lawned space, tree's, garden's and many Duck's.
    It's located quite close to the city centre.

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    ST. BOTOLPH'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Feb 2, 2012

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    St Botolph's church is dedicated to St Botolph, a seventh century abbot in East Anglia, who is the patron saint of travellers.

    The Church built in 1350, has a tower crowned with carved symbols of the four Evangelists, was added a century later, and the four bell's in 1460. A carved Rood Screen was added, now the only one remaing in ancient Cambridge.
    On it are painted panels depicting the angel announcing to Mary that she is to bear the child Jesus. These paintings date from the late 19th Century.

    The font was lovey with its' beautiful wooden cover and case that date to 1637. The pulpit is over 300 years old; the lectern was made and given to the church in 1875 and the pews for the congregation in the nave were installed in the late 19th Century. There were some lovely stained glass window's and a nicely decorated ceiling.

    There is a memorial to Darwin by the vestry door. Darwin's family were parishioners of St Botolph's.

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    CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE

    by balhannah Written Feb 2, 2012

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    It's just eye boggling walking around Cambridge! Every University is "something" to see, each with wonderful architecture, and so old!

    Corpus Christi College was founded in 1352 by the Guilds of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary, it bears the distinction of being the only College in Oxford or Cambridge founded by their citizens.
    The College recently celebrated 650 years on the site of its original foundation in the heart of medieval Cambridge!

    The Old Court at Corpus Christi is the finest surviving early medieval court in Cambridge.
    Don't forget to see the Grasshopper Clock. [previous tip].

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    CORPUS CLOCK

    by balhannah Written Feb 2, 2012

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    I saw a groupt of people gathered in one spot looking at something, so curious me went and had a look!

    On display, was "The Corpus Clock," a large 24 carat, gold-plated stainless steel clock without hands or numbers, but displaying the time by opening individual slits in the clock face, displaying hours, minutes, and seconds.

    The sculpture of a huge Grasshopper sitting atop puzzled me, why was he there?

    The sculpture is actually the clock's mechanism.
    The Inventor of the Clock, [Taylor], calls this beast the Chronophage ("time eater", from the Greek chronos time, and phago I eat).
    The Grass hopper moves its mouth, appearing to "eat up" the seconds as they pass, and occasionally it "blinks" in seeming satisfaction, watch carefully, because those gold eyelids travel across the eye and disappear again in an instant!
    The creature's constant motion produces a grinding sound that suits its task. On the hour, you can hear the the sound of a chain clanking into a small wooden coffin hidden in the back of the clock.

    The Taylor Library and the Corpus Clock on the northwest corner of Corpus Christi College.
    The student's have named it "Rosalind.'

    WARNING!
    Do not set your watch by this clock, as it is entirely accurate only once every five minutes.
    The rest of the time, the pendulum may seem to catch or stop, and the lights may lag or, then, race to get ahead. According to Taylor, this erratic motion reflects life's "irregularity.'
    The Corpus Clock is expected to be able to run accurately for at least two hundred years, however, it has stopped three times in the first month of its operation

    More of a piece of public art, it was interesting watching it work for a while!

    It was officially unveiled to the public on 19 September 2008.

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