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View of Cambridge

View of Cambridge

Engraver: Edy, I.W.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1798

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 8

Item number: 46d

Length: 44.2

Width: 60.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Cambridge from the Castle Hill. Castle Hill is just above the crossing of the Cam (now where Magdalen Bridge is). The Romans first established a settlement here and in 1068 the Normans created a motte and bailey castle. The 13 metre high mound is a good point to survey the town. In this view some of the buildings stand out such as King's College Chapel and the tower of Great St Mary's Church. Daniel Defoe, who visited the town in the early 18th century, noted that the town and university 'are blended together in the situation, and colleges, halls, and house for literature are promiscuously scatter'd up and down'. However despite them being so intermixed, the town and university had separate representation and government.

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