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St Botolph's Church, Cambridge

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St Botolph's Church, Cambridge
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St Botolph's Church tower
52°12′09″N 0°07′05″E / 52.2025°N 0.1181°E / 52.2025; 0.1181
LocationTrumpington Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1RG
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBook of Common Prayer
WebsiteChurch website
Functional statusParish church
Heritage designationGrade I listed
Tenor bell weight8.5cwt in A (~430kg)
ParishSt Botolph, Cambridge
DeaneryCambridge South Deanery
ArchdeaconryArchdeaconry of Cambridge
DioceseDiocese of Ely
RectorThe Rev'd Stephen Anderson

St Botolph's Church, Cambridge is a Church of England parish church in the city of Cambridge, England. The church is a Grade I listed building.


The church is dedicated to Botolph, a seventh-century abbot in East Anglia, who is a patron saint of travellers. The church was built by the south gate of medieval Cambridge, through which travellers from the south and west entered the town.

The present building mostly dates from the fourteenth century and is built of flint and rubble with Barnack stone dressing. The octagonal font of 1637 has a splendid Laudian wooden cover.

The tower was built in the fifteenth century. It is surmounted by stone figures representing the four evangelists (restored 1971) and has a sundial on the south-west buttress. The four bells were cast in 1460 and are still in use.

The elaborate chancel was rebuilt in 1872 by the Victorian architect George Frederick Bodley and worked on by local artists Frederick Leach and G. Gray. It is a fine example of high Victorian decoration and was conserved and restored in 2008 with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Bodley also designed the lectern. The church has the only medieval rood screen remaining in a Cambridge parish church; its paintings date from the late 19th-century restoration.

The South Chapel was refurbished in memory of those who died in the First World War. The war memorial window in the South Chapel was one of the earliest commissions of Rachel Tancock (later Rachel de Montmorency). The two-light window depicts St George and St Michael. The chapel also commemorates the First Eastern General Hospital, built at the outbreak of the First World War on what is now the Cambridge University Library site.[1]

There are memorials to Thomas Playfere (1609, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity), James Essex (architect), members of the Darwin family, and Sir Ernest Barker.

On 26 April 1950, the church was designated a Grade I listed building.[2]

In the early hours of 4 February 2020 the church was broken into resulting in the destruction of an 1870 stained glass window by Charles Kempe, depicting Boltoph and Margaret of Antioch.[3] In the first week of the church's online fundraiser over £3,000 was raised to repair the window and secure the church against further incidents, alongside repairs to the church's roof which had been stripped of its lead by thieves several months prior.[4]

Present day

The church is located at the intersection of Trumpington Street and Silver Street; the narrow Botolph Lane runs alongside the churchyard to the south and Corpus Christi College is to the north. The parish extends west, over the River Cam, into Newnham and includes several colleges.[5]



  1. ^ "St Botolph's Church, Cambridge - Memorial Chapel 1st Eastern General". CCAN. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  2. ^ Historic England, "Church of St Botolph (1331905)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 March 2017
  3. ^ Spencer, Alex (14 February 2020). "Thief smashes priceless Cambridge church windows by Victorian artist". Cambridge Independent. Archived from the original on 14 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  4. ^ Eastwood, David. "Weʼre raising £10,000 to repair the damage to St Botolph's lead roof and our beautiful Arts & Crafts stained windows, and to prevent this happening again". Archived from the original on 14 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Parish Profile" (PDF). Retrieved 23 March 2017.

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