Secret Cambridge – 5 things you never knew
Cambridge is famous around the world and the city is home to a number of iconic attractions. From the Fitzwilliam Museum to the Bridge of Sighs and the University Botanical Gardens to King’s College Chapel, many of the city’s sights are instantly recognisable.
However, there are plenty of fascinating sights and attractions off the tourist trail. Visiting some of these spots will give you a deeper insight into Cambridge and show you a different side of the city.
1. Parker’s Piece Football Monument
When you think of Cambridge, images of students, colleges, cobbled streets, and dreaming spires probably come to mind. What you might not instantly think of is football.
However, the history of football is actually closely linked to Cambridge. After all, this was the place where the ‘Cambridge Rules’ were first written down way back in 1848. These influenced the original rules of the Football Association and therefore the modern game itself.
Pay tribute to this important event by visiting the Parker’s Piece Football Monument. Erected in 2018, the monument commemorates the crucial role Cambridge played in the evolution of the world’s favourite game.
2. Snowy Farr Memorial
Next time you’re walking up Market Square, take the time to notice the unique statue standing outside the Guildhall. Featuring brightly-coloured shapes, a top hat with mice and a white cat perched on top, the sculpture is actually a memorial to a man named Walter ‘Snowy’ Farr who died in 2007.
As @Cambslive says, Farr was “Renowned for his eccentricities, which included putting live mice into his mouth and dressing up in military uniform.” Farr also spent a lot of time raising money for the blind, for which he received an MBE.
3. The Mathematical Bridge
Also known as the Wooden Bridge, the Mathematical Bridge was the first ever built using mathematical principles. Although rumour has it that Isaac Newton was behind the bridge, it was actually designed by William Etheridge and built by James Essex is 1749.
4. Corpus Clock
Located at the end of King’s Parade, the Corpus Clock is one of the best-known sites in Cambridge. However, did you know that it doesn’t keep constant time? Instead of ticking away the seconds at a reliable pace, the clock slows down and speeds up in order to represent the relativity of time.
5. The Hidden Secrets of Cambridge
Taking place on the 21st January at The Bradfield Centre, this fascinating talk will give you an in-depth look at Cambridge’s hidden past and intriguing secrets.
The talk will be hosted by @CamSciencePark and lead by Murray Jacobs, a Green Badge Guide who runs general and tailored walking tours of Cambridge. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
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