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Great St Marys Also known as University Church

 

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  • The original church sat on this site to serve the market-place but in 1291 was destroyed by fire completely.
  • Work was started on a new church in 1351 by the Bishop of Ely who build the chancel. The Elizabethan Vice-Chancellor, Matthew Parker, took up the finishing of the church around 1570. When he died, the tower was still 24 feet short of its planned topping out height.
  • Archbishop Parker had also imagined an 80 foot spire which was never realised. Iassam Kourbaj has now finally designed a spire to sit on the church and rise as Parker planned it.
  • The inside of the planned spire will contain a camera obscura continuing the long tradition the tower has had of being a public viewing platform.
  • A 35,000 feasibility study is now needed to move work to the next level. Cambridge Council have already pledged 5,000.
  • If built the spire should be complete in about 2008 for the city's 800th anniversary.

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Architect
Matthew Parker
Iassam Kourbaj

Reference Data

Reference No.
3104
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
02-08-2009
 

Building Location

Address
St Mary's Passage, Cambridge. CB2 3PQ
Council
Cambridge City Council
County
Cambridgeshire
Region
East Anglia
Country
United Kingdom

Building Specification

Status
Proposed
Construction start date
1351

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
52.46
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
28.06

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


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