Monday, March 3, 2014

St. Botolph’s Church, Cambridge

This church has been in constant use since 1320. It is on the site of an earlier church which stood at the ancient Trumpington Gate of the city. St. Botolph is the patron saints of travellers. The current church building of St. Botolph’s appears to have been built at the beginning of the 14th century. The nave, with north and south aisles, dates to this period, with the west tower being added in the early 15th century. The south chapel was added later in the same century. During the 18th century, the chancel was demolished and reconstructed in brick. 

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the church underwent significant interventions on no less than six occasions, under the Revd Dr. W.M. Campion, rector from 1862 to 1892, and subsequently president of Queens’ College (Cambridge). The church was originally owned by Barnwell Priory; however, in 1353 the living passed, through a rather circuitous route, to Corpus Christi College. In 1459, the living was sold to Queen’s College, which has remained as patron to the present time. 

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