Silver Street, Cambridge

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See also Silver Street (disambiguation).
The Mathematical Bridge, in Queens' College, north of Silver Street Bridge on the River Cam.
Blue plaque commemorating the childhood home of Gwen Raverat, now part of Darwin College on Silver Street.
View of Newham Grange on Silver Street, Gwen Raverat's childhood home.

Silver Street is located in the southwest of central Cambridge, England.[1][2] It links Queen's Road to the west with Trumpington Street to the east. The road continues west out of central Cambridge as Sidgwick Avenue.

At the southwestern end to the south is Darwin College. Halfway along to the north where the street straddles the River Cam on the Silver Street Bridge[3] (built in 1958) is Queens' College. At the eastern end to the north fronting onto Trumpington Street is St Catharine's College.

To the north are The Backs along the river, providing one of the best views in Cambridge of the backs of some of the most historic and prestigious Cambridge University colleges.

To the south, on the east side of the Cam, is the Silver Street/Mill Lane Site, one of the University of Cambridge sites.[4] This is bounded by Silver Street to the north, Trumpington Street to the east, Little St Mary' Lane to the south, and Granta Place / Laundress Lane on the Cam to the west. Mill Lane runs east–west through the middle of the site. Various University departments, other University facilities, and the University Centre,[5] are located here.

Since 2003, access to motor vehicles without an appropriate transponder has been controlled by rising bollards. It allows eastward traffic flow from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and westward flow from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight, daily.[6]

Notable former residents[edit]

Gwen Raverat (1885–1957, née Darwin, granddaughter of the naturalist Charles Darwin) was a wood engraver, artist, and illustrator, who co-founded the Society of Wood Engravers. She was the daughter of Sir George Darwin FRS, astronomer and mathematician, and his wife Maud du Puy. During her childhood, she lived in Newnham Grange on Silver Street in a house that now forms part of Darwin College. She was born and died in the house. Gwen Raverat married the French painter Jacques Raverat and moved to southern France. On her husband's death in 1925, she settled back in Cambridge, where she published her childhood memoir Period Piece in 1952.

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Coordinates: 52°12′07″N 0°06′57″E / 52.202°N 0.1157°E / 52.202; 0.1157