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Old University Cricket Ground and Barnwell New Church circa 1850

Barnwell Chapel of Ease / New Church

History of Barnwell Chapel

The 1831 New Guide to Cambridge describes the Barnwell Chapel of Ease as: a plain and somewhat spacious brick edifice erected in 1826 by Dr Geldart, impropriator of the parish of St Andrew the Less, but which has not yet been consecrated by the Bishop, though Div one Service is performed on Sundays and Holidays. Adjoining is a burying ground.

The Chapel of Ease must be the same as the Barnwell New Church shown on the map of 1850. Until the creation of Fenner’s new cricket ground, the University had played cricket on either Parker’s Piece or on the land which later became the Mill Road cemetery.

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