Our Trip to England: Cambridge Pt 3

We did not have a lot of time to spend in Cambridge.  
We basically had one evening and then we spent the 
following morning touring the town by both 
double-decker bus and on foot.

It was just what I expected for an English University town,
 as we had been to Oxford years ago.

There are actually 31 Colleges within Cambridge.  
Some as as small as a single building….and then
 there’s is the famous and stately King’s College.


Before I start sharing pics, I need to apologize for the 
quality of some of these shots.  I only had my phone 
camera during this day.


King’s College was started in 1441 by Henry V1. 




Yes, that’s me standing in front of the King’s College Chapel.


The Chapel was also started by Henry VI in 1446 
and took over a century to complete.  It is the 
largest fan built ceiling in the world and features 
original medieval stained glass. 



The Chapel is also the venue for the Christmas Eve 
service, A Festival of Nine Lessons, 
which is broadcast to millions around the world.


Henry VI was only 19 when he laid the first stone 
of the 
College Roial of Oure Lady and Seynt Nicholas‘ 
in Cambridge on Passion Sunday, 1441.



Each choir member’s seat featured one of these.  
Can you imagine how beautiful it must be when 
all of these are lit?




This painting, called “The Adoration of the Magi” 
is by Rubens, and hangs at the altarpiece of the Chapel.


Henry was murdered in the Tower of London on 
21 May 1471.   He had inherited two great 
kingdoms (England and France) from his father, 
and lost them both. 
He had, however, founded two of England’s 
greatest colleges.


It was left to the Tudor kings, Henry VII and 
Henry VIII, to achieve the final, 
spectacular completion to the Chapel.

Now, let’s head out into the town and take a look around…


I just adore architecture.  I found myself taking 
pictures of unique rooflines or buildings which 
stood out from the others. 


I love the corner turret of this building.




 I share this picture, because if you have 
ever heard of the expression “pub crawl” this 
is the street that that term originated,
King’s Street.
A traditional event called The King’s Street Pub Run 
used to feature a race, where one had to visit 
all 19 pubs along this street, down a pint of beer – 
and continue on until the end without going to the 
bathroom.  Some said that participants would 
literally be “crawling” to the finish line.
It was outlawed in 1964, but saw a new 
rejuvenation in 1982.






The record is 14 minutes and 5 seconds.  

And now you know….   :)


I was just fascinated with the streets.  
These small cobblestoned streets were the norm. 
 Good thing I didn’t have on my high-heeled boots.  


Bill getting ready to start his “pub crawl” 
at the end of King’s Street.  LOL


This bridge is known as Mathematical Bridge.  
Built in 1746 by the Mathematical Department.  
It is constructed in complete without the use of 
nails or other hardware.


There are over 25 bridges in Cambridge. 
The above, Clair Bridge, is the oldest – built in 1640.


One of the reasons why Cambridge was on 
our list of “Must See” stops was not so much the 
town, the college or the Cathedral – 
although they were very enjoyable.


Rather, we felt is was our American duty to pay 
our respects at the Cambridge American Cemetery 
a few miles outside of City.
It is one of two European American 
cemeteries, which features the remains of 
3,812 fallen Americans heroes who 
died during WWII.

There are another 5,127 names listed on 
the Tablets of the Missing.

Pictures nor words cannot put into words the 
feelings that pass through you when you take 
in the 30.5 pristine acres.

My husband, prior military, was especially solemn, 
as he walked around the cemetary.  

It was a very moving experience.

So I hope you have enjoyed our tour of Cambridge.  
Next time, we’ll head over to Hampton Court. 


If you have missed the other posts on our England trip,
you can tour Hever Castle (Anne Boleyn’s Home) 
HERE 


and also, our trip to Tonbridge, England HERE.


Don’t forget….


FEB 7th – Get your Nature on!

 



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Comments

  1. Oh Barb, what a great tour. I love all of the architecture also. It is just amazing. Beautiful pics. Thanks for taking me along. Hugs, marty

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  2. Barb, I really enjoyed the photos and history of your trip to England I’m such an Anglophile but have never been to the UK.
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  3. Fabulous tour! Thanks for taking us along! Such a beautiful place.

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  4. Oh I love Cambridge! How lovely to see it again through your photos. Those striped lawns make me quite homesick. I used to go shopping with my big children every Saturday in Cambridge and the atmosphere is second to none. thank you for sharing, Sally @ enlightenment for the sleepy

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  5. Amazing photos…I feel like I took a mini trip there! Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend,
    Stacy

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  6. wow what amazing architecture!..can you imagine having the vision to start a building of that magnetite @ 19! Wow Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Superb pictures..the architecture is so beyond words. Thanks for sharing your pictures and all the history behind them..One day, I’ll make it there!…

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