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Summer in Cambridge


In my last newsletter, I shared photographs of Oxford from a recent research trip. Which got me to thinking that actually, I have so many photographs of Cambridge. I have also taken some short video clips of Cambridge on YouTube here. I am thinking of taking more, as these were taken a while ago - and not edited. Please let me know if this is something you'd be interested in seeing more of.

Newsletters about writing and interviews with writers will come in early September. In this newsletter, I share my photographs of some of my favourite places in Cambridge in the Summer. Summer is my favourite season. I should add that I name-check some places. I am not advertising and take no payment for any place I mention. I just do it, in case it is of interest to others.
 
If you have never visited Cambridge, these photographs might inspire you to come. And if you used to live here many moons ago, they may help you remember the place fondly. I know my heart belongs to Cambridge, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
 
I started (above) with a photo of the biggest chess piece on the board, King’s Chapel. From where I'm taking the photograph, each year the College holds an outside concert called 'Singing on the River', where the Chapel choir sing from punts to a bank of picnickers.

Another iconic piece is the Bridge of Sighs (above). It is part of St John’s College and crosses The Backs. For those not familiar, The Backs runs behind the colleges, and there are many bridges. When I arrived in Cambridge, this was the most breathtaking part of Cambridge for me. To be able to take a book, as a student, and sit under the willows while the ducks quack, and punters glide by. Here are some such punters along The Backs (below).
 
This view of St John’s College can be seen along The Backs (below).
This is a photo I took of Trinity College (below). The College welcomes in the summer solstice with 'Singing from the Towers'. I took a video of this if anyone is interested, I can post up on my YouTube channel. Let me know.
Below is a photo of the Cambridge Botanic Garden fountain. Right in the centre of the city, the Garden is well worth a visit, with so many different plants and trees, and greenhouses containing rare tropical plants. There is also a good cafe, where you can sit under trees in the peace of the Garden. In July, the Botanic Gardens hold outdoor musical concerts. I have been to a few, and they are magical.
The city has some surprising little streets, including this one, just off Christ's Pieces, called Orchard Street - with its curved row of houses (below).
Midsummer Common (below) is right next to Jesus Green and Jesus College. The boathouses can be found on the river along one side (you might just see in the far distance in this photograph). In the summer, there are also always cattle grazing, making it feel like the countryside. When I studied here many years ago, there used to be horses.
Below is a photograph I took of Stourbridge Common. This is on the outskirts of the city centre but still walkable. To the right of the photograph, out of shot, is a large field forming the main part of the Common. There used to be a Stourbridge Fair held here as far back as the 13th Century.
There are quite a few pubs on the river in Cambridge, but perhaps the most beautiful at night is the Fort St George (below)...
Another sight to see is the Round Church. It is right in the centre of the city, so hard to miss. Its proper name is Church of the Holy Sepulchre, more information here
Not far away is Jesus College. I like the view of all the bicycles by the entrance...
This horse sculpture on the lawn at Jesus College is by Barry Flannagan
This is just a small snapshot of Cambridge in the summer... to end, here is a photo of arches in St John's College.
More Cambridge photographs this Autumn. And, if you are new to the newsletter, you can find all the archived newsletters in the top left if you open this letter in your browser.

Hope you have a lovely week.
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