Trinity Street, Cambridge

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Looking north along Trinity Street, with Trinity College on the left and the tower of St John's College in the distance.

Trinity Street (formerly the High Street) is a historical street in central Cambridge, England.[1] The street continues north as St John's Street and south as King's Parade and then Trumpington Street.

Trinity College is located on the west side of the street, hence the name. Also on the street, just to the south, is Gonville and Caius College. In Gonville and Caius, St Michael's and St Mary's Courts lie across Trinity Street on land surrounding St Michael's Church. The full formation of St Michael's Court occurred in the 1930s, with the building at the south side of the court.

Trinity Lane leads off Trinity Street to the west between Trinity College and Gonville and Caius, turning south around the back of Gonville and Caius, leading to Trinity Hall and Clare College.

The leading Cambridge bookshop Heffers is on the east side of Trinity Street. It is now part of Blackwell's.

Panoramic view of Trinity Street.


The Great Gate of Trinity College on Trinity Street.

Michaelhouse is a former college of the University of Cambridge, established formally on Michaelmas Day 1324 as a college for scholars in Holy Orders, Michaelhouse is named after the parish church of the same name located on Cambridge's magna strata or High Street (today's Trinity Street). It combined with King's Hall to form Trinity College in 1546.

Bowes & Bowes was a bookseller and publishing company located at 1 Trinity Street, a corner position at the junction with King's Parade and St Mary's Street to the east. It has a claim to be the oldest bookshop in the United Kingdom, with books having been sold on the site since 1581.[2] The Bowes & Bowes shop closed in 1986 and subsequently Sherratt & Hughes closed in 1992, since when the site has become the Cambridge University Press bookshop.[2]

In 1854, the London-based book publishing house acquired Deighton's offices in Trinity Street and also Green Street.

The Victorian printer and publisher W. Metcalfe and Son was located in Trinity Street before moving to the adjoining St Mary's Street. [3]

The Hawks' Club, a members-only social club founded in 1872 for sportsmen at Cambridge University, was originally in Trinity Street. By the 1890s, it moved to a property owned by St John's College in All Saints' Passage.


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Coordinates: 52°12′23″N 0°07′06″E / 52.2063°N 0.1182°E / 52.2063; 0.1182