Thursday, 22 March 2012

Abbey Church, Cambridge

Heading out of the centre of Cambridge to Chesterton I passed Abbey Church, or St Andrew the Less, unintentionally so illegally parked and went to have a look. Sadly the gates were chained (probably unsurprisingly given its location) and it's almost impossible to photograph properly when you've forgotten to bring your wide angle lens (it didn't occur to me to cross the road for a longer view).

Pevsner: Perhaps originally part of Barnwell Priory. Early C13 with lancet windows. The E window with shafts and moulded arch inside. Late C14 low-side-window in the chancel.

Abbey Church (3)

St Andrew the Less is an aisleless building of the 13th century on the Newmarket road at Barnwell. It has often been called the Abbey church, and a little to the north of it are scant remains of a monastery founded in the Conqueror’s day near Cambridge Castle, and moved a little later to Barnwell. The church has a nave and chancel under one roof, and a figure of St Andrew over the modem porch; the ruins have a small block roofed with tiles, with pillars and some windows in the walls, and there is a house built out of the materials of the priory.

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