Pembroke College, Cambridge:

The Buildings and Gardens

Lord Smith of Finsbury

    ISBN: 9781785515330

    Size: 280 x 240 mm 11.02 x 9.45 in

    Binding: Hardcover

    Pages: 160

    In association with:

    Date published: November, 2024

    UK £35.00 /US $


Magnificently illustrated new portrait of Cambridge University’s third

oldest college, featuring chapters by different writers

Pembroke College was founded in 1337 and its architectural

highlights include original medieval buildings and a Chapel designed

by Sir Christopher Wren

Published to mark the completion in 2024 of the Mill Lane

development, enlarging the footprint of the College by a third and

creating a dynamic new city quarter with publicly accessible gardens


This book celebrates the completion of one of Cambridge University’s oldest colleges: Pembroke College. With chapters written by 16 notable alumni, including Eric Idle, it tells the story of the major redevelopment of the Mill Lane site – its original uses and history, the process of acquisition and of securing planning consent, and the architectural and landscape thinking behind it

This magnificently illustrated publication also turns its attention to the historic site of Pembroke, and walks the reader through the growth of the College across the centuries: from the fourteenth century, through the building of the Chapel by the young Christopher Wren, through the dramatic changes wrought by Waterhouse and up to the present day. It looks at some of the specific parts of the historic college, at individual buildings, rooms, paths, gardens and works of art, and some of the people through history who have been associated with these.

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