Free School Lane

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Free School Lane, Cambridge

Free School Lane is in the centre of the City of Cambridge, England.[1][2] It is the location of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS,) the University's faculty of Social and Political Sciences, and is the original site of the Engineering Department, and the Physics Department's Cavendish Laboratory. At the northern end is Bene't Street and at the southern end is Pembroke Street. To the east is the New Museums Site of the University. To the west is Corpus Christi College.

The Free School[edit]

The "Free School" was established in the 17th century by Dr Stephen Perse who left money in his will to educate 100 boys from Cambridge, Barnwell, Chesterton and Trumpington. This school later became the first site of the Perse School (now in Hills Road). The Whipple Museum of the History of Science is situated in the original school hall.


Coordinates: 52°12′12″N 0°07′07″E / 52.20337°N 0.11870°E / 52.20337; 0.11870