Cambridge – Beautiful Britain series by Gordon Home


Cambridge - Beautiful Britain seriesCambridge – Beautiful Britain series by Gordon Home

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Free download available at Project Gutenberg..

Opening lines:
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.

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From this spot beautiful views are obtained up and down the river.

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KING’S COLLEGE.—Henry VI. was only twenty when, in 1441, he founded King’s College. In that year the pious young Sovereign himself laid the foundation stone, and five years later it is believed that he performed the same ceremony in relation to the chapel, which grew to perfection so slowly that it was not until 1515 that the structure had assumed its present stately form.


This Chapel and that of Henry VII at Westminster and St. George’s at Windsor, are the finest examples of the gorgeous fan tracery belonging to the last phase of English gothic architecture.

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TRINITY COLLEGE.—Oxford does not possess so large a foundation as Trinity College, and the spaciousness of the great court impresses the stranger as something altogether exceptional in collegiate buildings, but, like the British Constitution, this largest of the colleges only assumed its present appearance after many changes, including the disruptive one brought about by Henry VIII.

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Trinity was expanded by Henry III from the “great college” built by Edward III. The gateway dates from about 1535.

Page 12: THE LESSER COLLEGES


Peterhouse


Clare College


Pembroke College


THE GATE OF HONOUR CAIUS COLLEGE


Trinity Hall


St. Benedict’s Church


Queen’s College


St. Catherine’s College


Jesus College


Emmanuel College


THE CIRCULAR NORMAN CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE

 

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