Exploring the architectural history of Cambridge

For the next part of this series, we move to the architectural heritage hub that is the city of Cambridge.

World renowned for its University colleges, Cambridge allows visitors to almost step back in time and follow in the footsteps of some of the most influential people that have made their mark on the city. Surrounded by beautiful green spaces and broken up by the River Cam, the Cambridgeshire city is a must for anyone wanting to experience an area of the UK steeped in architectural history.

St Benedict’s Church

The oldest building in Cambridge, the church, also known as St Bene’t’s, sits close by to Corpus Christi College. It was in fact the chapel for the college until 1579 and still has still has strong links with Corpus Christi’s current one. It is believed that St Benedict’s Anglo Saxon tower was constructed around 1000-1050AD. The building has other Anglo-Saxon features that are still very much visible, such as the long and short quoins at the corners, and parts of the chancel and nave walls.

School of Pythagoras

Originally constructed around 1200AD, the School of Pythagoras is the oldest secular building in Cambridge. Now the Archive Centre of St Johns College, the structure was actually created before the University even existed and has had many recorded uses, including the home of the first Mayor of Cambridge and as student accommodation.

The Round Church

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known as the Round Church, is located on the corner of Bridge Street and Round Church Street. The building is one of only four round Norman churches that are still in use in England today. Thought to have been built around 1130 by the Holy Sepulchre Fraternity, the structure is made of stone and has an ambulatory surrounding a circular nave.

Posted by Matt Hughes
July 7, 2015

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