Cambridge, Great St Mary's

views updated

Cambridge, Great St Mary's. Commonly called the university church, this is a fine very late perpendicular parish church on a splendid site between King's Parade and the Market Square. Rebuilding of the original church was begun in the late 15th cent. but was protracted. The west tower, started in 1491, was only half-finished in 1550, completed in 1608, but the proposed spire was never added. Until the Senate House was built in 1730, St Mary's was used for the award of degrees.

J. A. Cannon