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The memorial chapel on the south side, was once the chantry chapel of John Argentein. Provost 1501-1507, who was physician to Edward IV and the young Edward V and his brother, the murdered princes in the Tower. His brass lies before the altar, and in this chapel there is also a record of the Provosts [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Dec 4th 2017

King’s College Chapel is arguably the most magnificent example of late medieval English architecture in the entire country. Guidebooks run out of superlatives to describe the richness of its interior decoration and the sumptuous flowing lines of the structural elements.
The Chapel was founded by Henry VI in 1441 as part of his grand scheme for [...]

20 Comments CherryPie on Dec 2nd 2017

King’s College was founded in 1441 by Henry VI, who had founded Eton College (qv) in 1440 and subsequently linked the school to King’s in order to supply college scholars. King’s College chapel was begun in 1446. Following Henry’s deposition in 1461, the college’s income was much reduced, and the only building of his great [...]

11 Comments CherryPie on Dec 1st 2017

The presence of Presbyterianism in Cambridge had dwindled through the eighteenth century. In the nineteenth century, many Scots and Irish Presbyterians began to move to the area to pursue careers in business, the professions and academia. This gave Presbyterianism in Cambridge a fresh impetus.
Until 1871, members of Cambridge colleges were required to attend worship in [...]

27 Comments CherryPie on Nov 28th 2017

St John’s distinctive Great Gate follows the standard contemporary pattern employed previously at Christ’s College and Queens’ College. The gatehouse is crenelated and adorned with the arms of the foundress Lady Margaret Beaufort. Above these are displayed her ensigns, the Red Rose of Lancaster and Portcullis. The college arms are flanked by curious creatures known as yales, mythical beasts [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Nov 27th 2017

This ancient parish church is an Anglo-Saxon foundation dating from around 1020, when Canute was King of England. It is dedicated to St Benedict and has been a place of Christian worship for nearly a thousand years. Michael Ramsey, who was to become Archbishop of Canterbury, was vicar here in 1938. The church was staffed [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Nov 25th 2017

The largest Oxbridge college, Trinity was founded by Henry VIII just weeks before he died. His Statue on the Great Gate clutches a chair leg, which he has held for more than 100 years, since students swapped it for the original sceptre. *

*From the Pitkin City guide to Cambridge

12 Comments CherryPie on Nov 24th 2017

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