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Friday, 27 March 2015

St Edward, King and Martyr, Cambridge

There was almost certainly a church on this site from Saxon times, although the present church dates from the thirteenth century. It is located in the heart of Cambridge down St Edward's Passage not far from the Art's Theatre. To be honest, the tower is ugly!

Latimer Pulpit
This church is famous as it is one of the places in which one of the first sermons of the English Reformation was preached by Robert Barnes. Other famous reformers, including Hugh Latimer, preached here too. He left Cambridge in 1531. Some of his sermons preached here have been preserved, and the pulpit from which the reformers preached is still in use.  It is known as the Latimer Pulpit.

Lucien bellringing
One of the bells
When we visited earlier this week one of the bellringers, Ali, showed our grandson Lucien the bells and the bell ropes. He had seen her on the Charles Hazelwood programme "Come Bell Ringing" on TV many times on a recording.

Ali also allowed Lucien to ring some of the bells and the experience made his day. He is only 7 years old.  According to his dad he did not stop talking and drawing bells until bedtime.

The bellringing area is visible from the main body of the church.

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