Grantchester

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This article is about the village in Cambridgeshire, England. For the necktie knot, see Grantchester knot. For The TV series, see Grantchester (TV series).
Grantchester
Banks of the Cam at Grantchester.jpg
The banks of the River Cam at Grantchester
Grantchester is located in Cambridgeshire
Grantchester
Grantchester
 Grantchester shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 540 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference TL432555
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CAMBRIDGE
Postcode district CB3
Dialling code 01223
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Cambridgeshire

Coordinates: 52°10′44″N 0°05′42″E / 52.179°N 0.095°E / 52.179; 0.095

St Andrew & St Mary

Grantchester is a village on the River Cam or Granta in Cambridgeshire, England, close to Cambridge. It is listed in the Domesday Book (1086) as Grantesete and Grauntsethe. Grantchester is mentioned briefly in book IV, chapter 19 of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. John de Grauntsete, a lawyer who had a successful career as a judge in Ireland, was born in Granchester c.1270.

Grantchester is said to have the world's highest concentration of Nobel Prize winners, most of these presumably being current or retired academics from the nearby University of Cambridge.

Students and tourists often travel from Cambridge by punt to picnic in the meadows or take tea at The Orchard. In 1897, a group of Cambridge students persuaded the owner of Orchard House to serve them tea in its apple orchard, and this became a regular practice. Lodgers at Orchard House included the Edwardian poet Rupert Brooke, who later moved next door to the Old Vicarage. In 1912, while in Berlin, he wrote a poem of homesickness entitled "The Old Vicarage, Grantchester". The house is currently the home of the Cambridge scientist Mary Archer and her husband, Jeffrey Archer. Grantchester has been the home since 1969 of the sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld OBE.

The footpath to Cambridge that runs beside Grantchester Meadows is nicknamed the Grantchester Grind. Grantchester Grind is the title of a 1995 comic novel written by Tom Sharpe. Further upstream is Byron's Pool, named after Lord Byron, who is said (by Brooke, at least) to have swum there. The pool is now below a modern weir where the Bourn Brook flows into the River Cam. Byron's Pool is a Local Nature Reserve.[1][2]

The Church of St Andrew & St Mary is a Grade II* listed building.

Grantchester is the subject of Grantchester Meadows, a song by Pink Floyd, composed and performed by band member Roger Waters with the village being home to band member David Gilmour. The village is also the setting for James Runcie's sleuth novels The Grantchester Mysteries, now adapted as an ITV drama titled Grantchester shown in the UK from autumn 2014[3] and filmed on location in Grantchester.

Legends[edit]

An underground passage is said to run from the Old Manor house to King's College Chapel two miles away. It was said that a fiddler who offered to follow the passage set off playing his fiddle; the music became fainter and fainter, until it was heard no more and the fiddler was never seen or heard of again.[4] This story is told of many supposed tunnels. On a 17th-century map of Grantchester, one of the fields is called Fiddler's Close.[5]

The Barrel Race[edit]

Every year on Boxing Day (26 December) Grantchester holds an inter-village barrel race which is around 40 minutes long and ends with a hog roast at the Rupert Brooke pub. This tradition dates back to the 60s.[6]

Panoramic photo gallery[edit]

The Green Man
Grantchester Meadows
Grantchester Meadows sign

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Byron's Pool". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Map of Byron's Pool". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/itv-announces-cast-new-six-part-drama-grantchester
  4. ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 235. ISBN 9780340165973. 
  5. ^ http://www.thegreenmangrantchester.co.uk/flash/index-3.html
  6. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/dec/20/boxing-day-activities#,

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