Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Cambridge Suburbs

I finished off Cambridge by recording six Victorian suburb churches: Christ Church, St Matthew, St Paul, St Barnabas, St Philip and St John the Evangelist - all locked with no keyholders apart from St John which is very high Victorian and not very interesting.

CHRIST CHURCH, Newmarket Road (C). 1839 by Ambrose Poynter, internally very similar to St Andrew. Tall octagonal piers, high four centred arches, three galleries. The exterior is red brick with dark brick diaper work. The nave front is of the type of King’s Chapel with angle turrets. Angle turrets at the E end also.

ST MATTHEW, Geldart Street (C). 1866 by R. R. Rowe. Humble, but of unusual plan 5 Greek Cross with octagonal centre. - PULPIT. C17 from Sawston church. - COMMUNION TABLE from Trinity College chapel. - SCULPTURE. Angels said to come from the organ gallery of Ely Cathedral.

ST PAUL, Hills Road (B). 1841 by Ambrose Poynter. Very precise red brickwork with diapers of vitriļ¬ed headers. Red brick was an unusual material at that time. Interior with tall thin octagonal piers without capitals, and four-centred arches. Very small clerestory. - The ORGAN CASE is contemporary with the church and an early instance of doing without crocketed gables, pinnacles, and such like motifs.

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