Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge

Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge, is a redundant Anglican church in the city of Cambridge, England, and is known locally as The Round Church. It is located on the corner of Round Church Street and Bridge Street. The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. It is one of the four medieval round churches still in use in England.


The church was built around 1130, its shape being inspired by the rotunda in the church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. It was built by the Fraternity of the Holy Sepulchre, who were probably a group of Austin canons. It consisted of a round nave and an ambulatory, with a short chancel, probably in the shape of an apse. Initially it was a wayfarers' chapel on the Roman road known as via devana (this is now Bridge Street). By the middle of the 13th century it had become a parish church under the patronage of Barnwell Priory. Around this time structural alterations were made to the church, with the rebuilding of the chancel and the addition of a north aisle, the aisle being shorter than the chancel. During the 15th century the Norman style windows in the nave were replaced by larger Gothic style windows. The carvings of angels in the roofs of the chancel and aisle were added. A...
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