For our first stroll around Cambridge here we will be visiting King's College. There are 31 colleges in all, the oldest being
Peterhouse 1284 and the newest Robinson 1974.
The young King Henry VI laid the foundation stone of 'The King's College of our Lady and St. Nicholas in Cambridge'
on Passion Sunday 1441. King's was one of his two 'royal and religious' foundations, the other being Eton College.
Tourists do not enter by the front gate (we did that some years ago as guests of one of the students)but make our way to the right and through the chapel first.
King's is the chapel from which one can enjoy the 9 lessons and carols at Christmas on TV.
It is worth noting that each college has it's own chapel and these Cambridge chapels are not some great cathedral but purely a chapel for the use of the students
King Henry went to great lengths to ensure that his college, and in particular it's chapel, would be without equal in magnificance in either Oxford or Cambridge.
It took nearly a century to complete this chapel, and after Henry's murder in the Tower of London in 1471, the completion was made possible through the patronage of subsequent kings
All the stained glass windows tell a story
Upper windows - Old Testament - Lower - New Testament
Alan about to enter through the portals of the dark oak screen which houses the organ and was a gift from Henry VIII, and bears his initials and those of Anne Boleyn, his Queen. This dates between 1533, when Henry married Anne and 1536, when he had her executed.
There are even carvings underneath the seats
Looking back towards the brass lecturn surmounted by a small statue of Henry VI, a gift of Robert Hacomblen, Provost 1509-28.
Another gift to the college 'The Adoration of the Magi' painted by Rubens in 1634
I have a copy of this in my bedroom
and love it
There are many Lady chapels and memorials along the sides of the chapel
Centuries of wear to the step
Bronze plaque in the exhibition hall depicted St. George slaying the dragon
A view onto the street outside
Chapel from outside
We are now walking through the grounds and down to the River Cam. A number of the colleges back on to this river
We have walked a lot today and are grateful for a short stop on this seat
and are now ready to make our way outside and look for a welcome cup of tea
Main chapel entrance on the inside of the grounds of course
Hope you enjoyed your tour
Do come back for several more