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Free Landmark Places of Worship: City Centre (South)

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Saint Botolph's Parish Church

Trumpington Street, Cambridge. CB2 1RJ
St Botolph's, Cambridge
St Botolph's, Cambridge

St Botolph's is the parish church of an ancient parish, which extends from the centre of Cambridge to the suburb of Newnham. They are a traditional Anglican church and use the Book of Common Prayer for most services.

The Church is dedicated to St Botolph, a seventh century abbot in East Anglia, who is the patron saint of travellers. The church was by the south gate of medieval Cambridge, through which travellers from London entered the town. It was also the first church reached by travellers from the west who crossed the Cam where Silver Street Bridge now stands.

Norman and Saxon churches stood on the site prior to the existing church, which was built in 1350. The tower, which is crowned with carved symbols of the four Evangelists, was added in the next century. The four bells were cast in 1460. At the same time, the carved Rood Screen was added. This is now the only medieval Rood Screen remaining in the ancient parish churches of Cambridge. On it are painted panels depicting the angel announcing to Mary that she is to bear the child Jesus. These paintings date from the late 19th Century.

The Chancel was rebuilt in the 19th century by the Victorian architect Bodley. This work includes the beautiful decorated ceiling and Rood Screen paintings, which have just been completely restored. Bodley also designed the lectern, which was given to the church in memory of the Cambridge builder Kett.


Free Entry.

No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

Open 9am-5pm daily. See the website for service times.


Advance booking is not required.


Located to the south west of the city centre at the junction of Silver Street and Trumpington Street.

Getting There:

National Rail Cambridge railway station: 20 minutes walk.


Parking available nearby - payment required.

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Saint Botolph's Parish Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. CB2 1RJ

Last Updated Friday 29 April 2022

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