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Thursday, 9 April 2015

St Bene't's Church, Cambridge



St Bene't's


St Bene’t’s is in the middle of Cambridge on Bene't Street not far from Corpus Christi College. The famous Corpus clock is about 50m down the road.  St Bene't's is the oldest building in Cambridge and is located almost across the road from the Eagle pub where Crick and Watson supposedly cracked the double helix structure of DNA. This is disputed and credit maybe should have gone to a woman co-worker. The Eagle is perhaps the most famous pub in Cambridge. The old Cavendish laboratory is very close too.

Bell ropes
St Bene't's
The church dates from about 1000 AD.  Bene't is a short form of Benedict.

It has 6 bells. The tower dates back to 1000AD although the openings for present bells was created in 1586AD.  Inside the church are 11th century features.

Stedman acted as publisher to the first book on change ringing called Tintinnalogia, a joint effort with Duckworth who supplied much of the content while Stedman compiled and completed the book.  Published in 1667 it was reprinted a year later. In 1670, Stedman was appointed parish clerk to St Bene't's. Campanalogia was written solely by Stedman in 1677, the year he became steward to the College Youths.

Cambridge has a wide variety of places to eat. The Copper Kettle just around the corner is reasonable considering its location on King's Parade.

If coming into the city it is a good idea to use the "park and ride" service as parking in the city can be expensive and driving not easy if you are not used to it.
Corpus Clock


See http://stbenetschurch.org .

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Bene%27t%27s_Church .






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