Walks index

Buildings in Cambridge

Click here for old buildings in Cambridge, up to about the 14th century. This page carries on from that, up to the present day. It does not attempt to give an exhaustive list of notable buildings in Cambridge. There are a range of buildings throughout the centuries, and apart from that, I have used two selection criteria. You can see the building from public roads or paths, and they are buildings that I like or feel are important, for one reason or another. Feel free to disagree! There are more town buildings than university buildings here. This is because many university buildings cannot be seen from the road, and also they are often part of a court, and should be seen as a whole, rather than a part singled out in a photo.

I have put these buildings in chronological order, according to the oldest part of them. Many have been adapted or rebuilt or restored. Nearly all are listed, and I give a link to the listing information, which gives details of dates, etc. This is not a walk. The buildings are fairly widely dispersed throughout Cambridge. I suggest that you visit these buildings when you are close to them, or chose ones that you are interested in. (Quite frankly, it's not worth visiting Addenbrookes at all, unless you have to). There is a scale on the left of the map. A kilometre is just over half a mile. The buildings are marked in red. Click on them, or on the links, for descriptions and pictures.

C15 Kings College Chapel
Queens gatehouse
Jesus gatehouse
C16 Green Dragon pub
Fort St George pub
Eagle pub
Folk Museum
C17 Hobsons Conduit
Pembroke chapel
Chesterton Hall
Clare Bridge
5 Market Hill
C18 Peterhouse Master's Lodge
Senate House
Little Trinity
Trinity back gate
King St Alms houses
C19 Kings gatehouse
Fitzwilliam Museum
Orchard Street
Railway station
Mill Rd Cemetery house
All Saints church
Corn Exchange
Museum of Technology
Roman Catholic church
Lloyds bank
Mill Road library
C20 Laurie and McConnal
Art Nouveau shop front
University Library
Addenbrookes hospital
Garret Hostel bridge
New Hall (now Murray Edwards College)
Judge Business School
Railway cycle bridge
Swimming pool
C21 Parkers Piece toilets
Butt Green toilets
Coldhams Lane cycle bridge
Equiano bridge
Kings College Chapel Queens gatehouse Jesus gatehouse Green Dragon Fort St George Folk Museum Eagle Hobsons Conduit Chesterton Hall Clare Bridge 5 Market Hill Chemist near Fitzwilliam Museum Senate House Fitzwilliam Museum Little Trinity Peterhouse Master's Lodge Trinity College back gate King Street alms houses Kings gatehouse Railway station Orchard Street Mill Road Cemetery house All Saints Church Museum of Technology Corn Exchange Roman Catholic Church Lloyds bank Mill Road library Laurie and McConnal Art Nouveau shop front University Library Garret Hostel bridge Railway cycle bridge Swimming pool Parkers Piece toilets Butt Green toilets Equiano bridge Coldhams Lane cycle bridge Judge Business School Guildhall Addenbrookes New Hall Pembroke chapel

Map of buildings in Cambridge

Click on the photos for a bigger version.

15th Century

Of course, we have to start with the most famous building in Cambridge, Kings College Chapel (listed Grade I). This is one of the finest examples of late Perpendicular English architecture. The chapel's many treasures include rare early 16th-century windows, exquisite fan vaulting, a Renaissance wooden screen, and a painting by Rubens. Construction on King's College Chapel began in 1446 under King Henry VI's master mason Robert Ely, but ceased in 1461 when Henry was defeated and taken prisoner at the Battle of Towton. Some further progress was made under the king's Yorkist successors between 1476 and 1483. Building work began again in earnest in 1506, after King Henry VII visited Cambridge with his mother Lady Margaret Beaufort. Overseen by John Wastell, the chapel and its stonework were completed by 1515. The glass was added between 1515 and 1531. If you will to visit the chapel, you have to pay. The entrance is from Trinity Lane.

This view is from across the river (see third river walk).

Kings College Chapel (C15)

This view is from Kings Parade, and includes the gatehouse as well.

Kings College Chapel (C15)

Several colleges of Cambridge University have impressive gatehouses. This is the oldest gatehouse, belonging to Queens College (listed Grade I). It was built in 1448 and is in Queens Lane.

Queens gatehouse (C15)

Jesus gatehouse (C15)

Jesus gatehouse (listed Grade I) was built around the end of the fifteenth century. It is off Jesus Lane. Click here for more information about the various college gates and gatehouses.

16th Century

The 16th century Green Dragon pub (listed Grade II) is in Chesterton, east of Cambridge and north of the river. You can sit out by the river, and inside the pub, there are snippets of local history. For other places close-by, see the first river walk.

Green Dragon (C16)

Fort St George (C16)

The Fort St George pub (listed Grade II) is on Midsummer Common. Parts of the building date from the 16th century. It is a popular riverside pub. For other places close-by, see the second river walk.

16th Century - 17th Century

The Eagle pub (listed Grade II) is in the centre of Cambridge. It dates from around 1600. Click here or here for more information about the pub.

Eagle (C16-C17)

Folk Museum (C16-C17)

The Museum in Cambrige - formerly the Folk Museum - (listed Grade II) was the White Horse Inn for 300 years. The street range is C16 but there were additions in the C17. Click here for more information about the museum.

17th Century

Chesterton Hall (listed Grade II) is early / mid C17. It is on the Elizabeth Way / Chesterton Road roundabout, an unlovely location, but a lovely building. It was built by the Hobson family, and Thomas Hobson lived here.

Chesterton Hall (C17)

Hobsons Conduit (C17)

Hobsons Conduit (listed Grade II*) was a water supply funded by Thomas Hobson in 1614. This monument (also called Honsons Conduit) used to be in the market place, but was moved to the corner of Lensfield Road. Click here for more information about Hobson and the conduit.

Pembroke chapel (listed Grade I) was built in 1663-5 by Sir Christopher Wren. It is the earliest completed work by Wren.

The chapel is accessed from within the college, but you can see part of it from Trumpington Street.

Another famous Wren building in Cambridge is in Trinity College - the Wren Library. It is also open to the public, but none of it is visible from the public road, although it can be seen from the river. It is possible to visit it, but it has limited opening hours.

Pembroke library(C17)

Clare bridge (listed Grade I) is the oldest bridge on the river, built in 1640. It has a number of stone balls as decoration, and famously, part of one is missing. One story is that the builders weren't paid the full amount! But it's just a story. The third river walk will give you a good view of Clare bridge, from Garret Hostel bridge.

Clare bridge (C17)

5 Market Hill (C17)

5 Market Hill (listed Grade I) is on the east side of the market place. It was built in 1688. The front is hung with tiles, and there is a doorway leading onto the balcony on the first floor, with a shell hood. There is a modern shop on the ground floor.

18th Century

Peterhouse Master's Lodge (listed Grade I) was built in 1702. It is in Trumpington Road, opposite the entrance of Peterhouse. It has an attractive wrought iron gate.

Peterhouse Master's Lodge (C18)

Chemist near Fitzwilliam Museum (C18)

This chemist (listed Grade II) is in Trumpington Street, opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum. The sign over the door says G. Peck & Son Dispensing Chemists Est. 1851. The building is older, early 18th century.

The Senate House (listed Grade I) was built in 1722-30. Cambridge University degrees are awarded in this building. It is in Senate House Hill, near Great St Marys church.

Senate House (C18)

Little Trinity (C18)

Little Trinity (listed Grade I) is to the north of Jesus Lane, near the junction with Park Street. It was built around 1725. It is set back from the road, with a wrought iron fence and gate in front.

This wrought iron gate belongs to Trinity College(listed Grade I). It was made in 1733. It faces onto Queens Road, and leads to Trinity backs. Click here for more information about the various college gates and gatehouses.

Trinity College back gate (C18)

King Street Alms houses (C18)

These almshouses (listed Grade II) are in King Street and date from 1790. Click here for more information about the almshouses.

19th Century

Kings gatehouse (listed Grade I) looks as if it was built at the same time as the chapel. In fact, it was built in 1824. Click here for more information about the various college gates and gatehouses.

Kings College gatehouse (C19)

Orchard Street (C19)

One side of Orchard Street is a row of thirteen cottage tenements (listed Grade II) , built about 1825. The mansard tile roof and chimneys are very attractive. Sometimes they grow hollyhocks which are nearly taller than the houses!

Fitzwilliam Museum (listed Grade I) was built in 1837-47. It houses a large collection of art. There are four lions at the front of the building. Click here to see them.

Fitzwilliam Museum (C19)

Cambridge Railway Station (C19)

Cambridge Railway Station (listed Grade II) was built in 1845. It is decorated with the shields of the colleges. Click for more on the shields or the paths to the station.

This house inside Mill Road cemetery was built in 1848 (listed Grade II). It was originally the mortuary chapel, then the custodian's house, but is now a private house. It is made of knapped flint. Click here for more information about Mill Road cemetery.

Mill Road Cemetery house (C19)

All Saints (C19)

All Saints church (listed Grade B) is in Jesus Lane. Its spire can be seen from Christs Pieces. It was built in 1864. Some of the painted wall and ceiling decorations are by the company of William Morris. Click here for more about the church.

The Corn Exchange (listed Grade II) was built in 1875-6. Click here for a close-up of one of the carvings outside. The Corn exchange is now an entertainment venue. Click here for their website.

Corn Exchange (C19)

Museum of Technology (C19)

The Cambridge Museum of Technology is housed in the old sewage pumping station, which used to pump Cambridge sewage to the treatment plant at Milton from 1895 to 1968. The original steam engines are still in the museum. Click here for more on the museum. For other places close-by, see the first river walk.

The Roman Catholic Church (listed Grade II*) is at the junction of Hills Road and Lensfield Road, a notable road junction. It was built 1887-1890. The church's spire can be seen along Hills Road and Regent Street, as well as East Road and further. The correct name of the church is Our Lady and the English Martyrs. Click here for more on the church, including its history.

Roman Catholic Church (C19)

Roman Catholic Church (C19)

Lloyds bank (listed Grade II*) is at the end of Petty Cury. It was built in 1891. The statue of a small boy over the doorway used to have its head missing, but when the building was cleaned up recently, the stone mason decided to restore that as well, modelling the head on a child passing by. There is amazing tiling inside. Go into the bank and look upwards!

Lloyds bank (C19)

Mill Road library (C19)

The library on Mill Road (listed Grade II) was built in 1897, by the railway bridge. It used to be the Bharat Bhavan and housed a Hindu Shrine. See Hindu arch.

20th Century

This building was built for the department store Laurie and McConnal in 1903 (listed Grade II) . It has been used by other shops since. The bit at the top was a bandstand.

Laurie and McConnal (C20) Laurie and McConnal bandstand

Art Nouveau shop front (C20)

This shop with an Art Nouveau shop front dates from around 1910 (listed Grade II) . It is in Market Street.

The University Library (listed Grade II) was built in 1931-4 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. As a legal deposit library, it is entitled to claim without charge a copy of all books, journals, printed maps and music published in Britain and Ireland. It has over seven million books and 1.5 million periodicals. Click here for a history of the library. The library holds regular exhibitions.

University Library (C20)

Guildhall (C20)

The Guildhall (listed Grade II) was built between 1936 and 1948. It occupies the whole of the south side of the Market place. Cambridge City Council is based here. Click here for the city council website.

The current Addenbrookes Hospital is on the edge of Cambridge, on Hills Road. It is an unlovely sprawl of modern, functional buildings built at various times with no particular connection to each other. The photo only shows a small part of this. There is a massive expansion going on at the moment. Addenbrookes Hospital is the first part of Cambridge that you see on the train travelling from London. The incinerator tower is supposed to be the highest building in Cambridge. Building began on the hospital at this site in 1959, and the first phase of the Hospital was opened in May 1962. Click here for a history of the hospital, and here for the hospital website.

Addenbrookes Hospital (C20)

Garret Hostel bridge (C20)

Garret Hostel bridge (listed Grade II) is a footbridge over the river, built in 1960. It is the only public bridge between Magdalene bridge and Silver Street. It has good views along the Backs so is popular with tourists. It is also a main route to the university library (see above). Click here for more on the bridge, including the views.

New Hall is on Huntingdon Road. It was built in 1962-6 and is listed Grade II*. New Hall has recently changed its name to Murray Edwards College. Fitzwilliam College and Churchill College are close-by. They were built around the same time.

Murray Edwards College formerly New Hall (C20)

Judge Business School (C20)

Addenbrookes Hospital used to be much closer to the centre of the city, on Trumpington Street, opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum. The building has been preserved and restored as the Judge Business School. A new building was built around 1995, round the back, in Tennis Court Road. Note the palm trees growing near the roof on the right!

The Tony Carter bridge is a cycle and pedestrian bridge from Rustat Road to Devonshire Road. It was built in 1989. It was listed at the time in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest covered cycle bridge. It is named after a Labour councillor of the era. It is one of the routes to the station. Click here for others.

Railway cycle bridge (C20)

Swimming pool (C20)

Parkside swimming pool was built in 1999. There was much local opposition to a previous redevelopment plan which would have put two hotels on the site. This building is the same size as the previous 1960's pool. The wave of the roof suggests the water inside! Click here for more on Donkeys Common, the grass surrounding the pool.

21th Century

These toilets on Parkers Piece were built 2004. They are next to Gonville Place. The design of the building is based on the theme of a merry-go-round reflecting the use of Parkers Piece. Lighting panels around the exterior can change colour, which is fun. The block includes a kiosk for drinks and refreshments. Click here for more about Parkers Piece.

Parkers Piece toilets (C21)

Butt Green toilets (C21)

These toilets were built in 2005. They are on Butt Green, part of Midsummer Common, and they are next to Victoria Avenue. This toilet incorporates rain water harvesting for flushing WC's. Its local nickname is the Armadilloo! Click here for more on Midsummer Common.

Cambridge city centre is nearly surrounded by the river and the railway. This makes the bridges important. Coldhams Lane railway bridge was always a narrow, crowded area, and cycles held up the cars. This cycle bridge, opened in 2004, has helped. It leads to the Beehive Centre and Cambridge Retail Park.

Coldhams Lane cycle bridge (C21)

Riverside cycle bridge (C21)

This is the most recent bridge across the river to be built in Cambridge. It is on Riverside, next to the Museum of Technology. When it crosses the river, the bridge splits into two, one path for pedestrians and a slightly higher path for cyclists. It is called the Equiano bridge, after Olaudah Equiano, a former slave who wrote a book about his experiences. For other places close-by, see the first river walk.

Finally, I have tried to verify the dates and facts above as much as I could, but I may have made mistakes. If you spot any or want to correct me, please email me