Cambridge is a city of contrasts. Both a small market town in the east of England and the home of an ancient university of world renown, it is at once provincial and universal in its appeal, local and international in outlook. But what made this place in a remote corner of England so attractive to those who first settled there? How did Town and Gown grow up together? How did Cambridge evolve into the bustling, university city it is today?
In the first part of this book, Tim Rawle gives a survey of the city’s history from its very beginnings, with an underlying architectural viewpoint. A special section on the evolving layout of the university’s colleges completes the story and shows how they have shaped the Cambridge townscape over the last 700 years. This colourful book overflows with a stunning collection of photographs taken by the author, who lives in Cambridge.
From previous reviews:
“CAMBRIDGE is packed with fine photographs . . . At the heart of the book lies a fascinating exploration of seven hundred years of University architecture. Accompanying the pictures are well informed captions and a substantial, stylishly written essay that traces the city’s history from Roman times. This is, quite simply, the best introduction to Cambridge ever published.”
The late Dr Peter Richards, Editor, CAM, the University magazine
“It takes a book such as this to remind us that there are places in Britain to rival any city in the world for architectural splendour . . . the photographs are stunning.”
Clover Stroud, The Sunday Telegraph
“A large collection of strikingly beautiful photographs which avoid the usual clichéd images . . . an excellent essay on the development of the colleges . . . a beautifully produced book.”
John Graham, The Catholic Herald