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Beautiful Britain—Cambridge   By: (1878-1969)

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BEAUTIFUL BRITAIN CAMBRIDGE

By Gordon Home

[Illustration: THE OLD GATEWAY OF KING'S COLLEGE

This is now the Entrance to the University Library. At the end of the short street is part of the north side of King's College Chapel.]

CONTENTS

PAGE CHAPTER

3 I. SOME COMPARISONS 6 II. EARLY CAMBRIDGE 15 III. THE GREATER COLLEGES 35 IV. THE LESSER COLLEGES 51 V. THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, THE SENATE HOUSE, THE PITT PRESS, AND THE MUSEUMS 57 VI. THE CHURCHES IN THE TOWN

64 INDEX

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE ILLUSTRATION

Frontispiece 1. THE OLD GATEWAY OF KING'S COLLEGE 17 2. THE LIBRARY WINDOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE 24 3. IN THE CHOIR OF KING'S COLLEGE CHAPEL 33 4. THE ENTRANCE GATEWAY OF TRINITY COLLEGE 40 5. THE GATE OF HONOUR, CAIUS COLLEGE 49 6. THE OLD COURT IN EMMANUEL COLLEGE 56 7. THE CIRCULAR NORMAN CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE On the cover 8. THE "BRIDGE OF SIGHS," ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE

CHAPTER I

SOME COMPARISONS

"... and so at noon with Sir Thomas Allen, and Sir Edward Scott and Lord Carlingford, to the Spanish Ambassador's, where I dined the first time.... And here was an Oxford scholar, in a Doctor of Laws' gowne.... And by and by he and I to talk; and the company very merry at my defending Cambridge against Oxford. " PEPYS' Diary (May 5, 1669).

In writing of Cambridge, comparison with the great sister university seems almost inevitable, and, since it is so usual to find that Oxford is regarded as pre eminent on every count, we are tempted to make certain claims for the slightly less ancient university. These claims are an important matter if Cambridge is to hold its rightful position in regard to its architecture, its setting, and its atmosphere. Beginning with the last, we do not hesitate to say that there is a more generally felt atmosphere of repose, such as the mind associates with the best of our cathedral cities, in Cambridge than is to be enjoyed in the bigger and busier university town. This is in part due to Oxford's situation on a great artery leading from the Metropolis to large centres of population in the west; while Cambridge, although it grew up on a Roman road of some importance, is on the verge of the wide fenlands of East Anglia, and, being thus situated off the trade ways of England, has managed to preserve more of that genial and scholarly repose we would always wish to find in the centres of learning, than has the other university.

Then this atmosphere is little disturbed by the modern accretions to the town. On the east side, it is true, there are new streets of dull and commonplace terraces, which one day an awakened England will wipe out; there are other elements of ugly sordidness, which the lack of a guiding and controlling authority, and the use of distressingly hideous white bricks, has made possible, but it is quite conceivable that a visitor to the town might spend a week of sight seeing in the place without being aware of these shortcomings. This fortunate circumstance is due to the truly excellent planning of Cambridge. It is not for a moment suggested that the modern growth of the place is ideal, but what is new and unsightly is so placed that it does not interfere with the old and beautiful. The real Cambridge is so effectively girdled with greens and commons, and college grounds shaded with stately limes, elms, and chestnuts, that there are never any jarring backgrounds to destroy the sense of aloofness from the ugly and untidy elements of nineteenth century individualism which are so often conspicuous at Oxford.

Cambridge has also made better use of her river than has her sister university; she has taken it into her confidence, bridged it in a dozen places, and built her colleges so that the waters mirror some of her most beautiful buildings... Continue reading book >>




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