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Map of Cambridge 'Outside Barnwell gate' 14th cent.

Gonville Place / Gravel Pit Road / King’s Lane

History of Gonville Place

In medieval times this road was described in an old Field Book (Bright’s Old Field Book, 1575) as “King’s Lane, in Middlefield, which lane, from Hinton Way, leadeth to Dawe’s Cross.” This cross stood near the site of the old poplar tree at what became known as Hyde Park Corner (the junction of Hills Road, Lensfield Road, Regent Street and Gonville Place). King’s Lane was afterwards known as Gravel Pit Road.

(source Outside the Barnwell Gate, 1915)

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