The Night Climbers of Cambridge
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The Night Climbers of Cambridge is a book written under the pseudonym "Whipplesnaith" about nocturnal climbing on the colleges and town buildings of Cambridge, England, in the 1930s.
"Whipplesnaith" is a pseudonym for Noël Howard Symington. The book was originally published in October 1937 by Chatto and Windus, revised in November 1937 and reprinted in 1952 and 1953. The second edition contains a reordered selection of photographs and a missing diagram explaining the escape from the roof of the Marks and Spencer.
The book was highly sought after, especially in Cambridge itself where it was regarded as one of few "guidebooks" to the routes onto the roofs of the town's ancient buildings. Famous climbs documented in the book are the King's College and St John's College chapels and the "Senate House leap".
A new authorised edition of The Night Climbers of Cambridge (ISBN 978-1909349551) was published on 26 October 2007 by Oleander Press, Cambridge, to mark the 70th anniversary of the original edition.
An omnibus edition of The Roof Climber's Guide to Trinity was published on 11 July 2011 by Oleander. Its introduction contains further details about Symington and his book.
Symington stood for Harborough in 1950 as an independent Mosleyite candidate, receiving 273 votes. In 1958 he published the book Return to Responsibility: A New Concept of the Case for Fascism in the Post-War World.
- Night Climbers of Cambridge, Oleander Press, Cambridge, 2007
- Roof Climber's Guide to Trinity, Omnibus edition, Oleander Press, Cambridge, 2011
- Night Climbing in Cambridge, Cambridge University Caving Club journal, 1983
- Students risked their lives to scale the night time heights, Cambridge News, 24 April 2007
- Nocturnal missions, The Times, 10 June 2007
- Confessions of a night climber, The Times, 2 November 2007
- A stegophilic view of Cambridge spires, The Daily Telegraph, 29 December 2007
- Urban climbing, 1930s style, The Guardian, 21 May. 2009
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