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Grantchester
Grantchester
is a village on the River Cam
River Cam
or Granta in South Cambridgeshire, England. It lies about two miles (3 km) south of Cambridge.

Contents

1 Name 2 Overview 3 Barrel Race 4 Legends 5 Gallery 6 References 7 External links

Name[edit] The village of Grantchester
Grantchester
is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book
Domesday Book
as Grantesete and Grauntsethe. It is also mentioned briefly in book IV, chapter 19 of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. John de Grauntsete, a lawyer who had a successful career as a judge in Ireland, was born in Grantchester, c. 1270. The present name derives from the common Old English
Old English
suffix -ceaster (variously developed as "-cester", "-caster", and -"chester"), used in names of forts or fortified cities throughout England. Grantchester
Grantchester
is sometimes identified as the Cair Grauth[1] ("Fort Granta") listed in the History of the Britons among the 28 cities of Britain,[2] but the Roman Duroliponte and subsequent major British and Saxon settlements in the area were at Castle Hill in Cambridge, whose Old English
Old English
name was Grantabrycge. The confusion arises from the lower stretches of the Granta having been renamed the Cam after the city. Overview[edit]

St Mary and St Andrew Church

Grantchester
Grantchester
is said to have the world's highest concentration of Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
winners, most of these presumably being current or retired academics from the nearby University of Cambridge.[3] Students and tourists often travel from Cambridge
Cambridge
by punt to picnic in the meadows or take tea at The Orchard. In 1897, a group of Cambridge
Cambridge
students persuaded the owner of Orchard House to serve them tea in its apple orchard, and this became a regular practice.[4] Lodgers at Orchard House included the Edwardian poet Rupert Brooke, who later moved next door to the Old Vicarage. In 1912, while in Berlin, he wrote a poem of homesickness entitled "The Old Vicarage, Grantchester". The house is currently the home of the Cambridge
Cambridge
scientist Mary Archer and her husband, Jeffrey Archer.[4] Grantchester
Grantchester
has been the home since 1969 of the sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld
Helaine Blumenfeld
OBE.[5] The footpath to Cambridge
Cambridge
that runs beside Grantchester Meadows is nicknamed the Grantchester
Grantchester
Grind.[4] Grantchester Grind
Grantchester Grind
is the title of a 1995 comic novel written by Tom Sharpe.[6] Further upstream is Byron's Pool, named after Lord Byron, who is said (by Brooke, at least) to have swum there.[7] The pool is now below a modern weir where the Bourn Brook flows into the River Cam. Byron's Pool
Byron's Pool
is a Local Nature Reserve.[8][9] The Church of St Mary and St Andrew is a Grade II* listed building.[10] The botanist, explorer, plant collector and author Frank Kingdon-Ward is buried in the village churchyard. Grantchester
Grantchester
is the subject of " Grantchester
Grantchester
Meadows" (composed and performed by Roger Waters) a song by Pink Floyd, with the village being home to band member David Gilmour.[11] A few years later, David Gilmour also wrote a song about Grantchester
Grantchester
Meadows, called Fat Old Sun. The village is also the setting for James Runcie's sleuth novels The Grantchester
Grantchester
Mysteries, now adapted as an ITV drama titled Grantchester
Grantchester
shown in the UK from autumn 2014[12] and filmed on location in Grantchester. Barrel Race[edit]

A Grantchester
Grantchester
barrel race in 2007

Every year on Boxing Day
Boxing Day
(26 December), Grantchester
Grantchester
holds an inter-village barrel race which is around 40 minutes long and ends with a hog roast at the Rupert Brooke
Rupert Brooke
pub. This tradition dates back to the 1960s.[13] Legends[edit] An underground passage is said to run from the Old Manor house to King's College Chapel two miles away. It was said that a fiddler who offered to follow the passage set off playing his fiddle; the music became fainter and fainter, until it was heard no more and the fiddler was never seen or heard of again.[14] This story is told of many supposed tunnels. On a 17th-century map of Grantchester, one of the fields is called Fiddler's Close.[15] Gallery[edit]

The Green Man

Grantchester
Grantchester
Meadows

Manor Farmhouse

Grantchester Meadows sign

Grantchester
Grantchester
Village Hall

References[edit]

^ Nennius (attrib.). Theodor Mommsen
Theodor Mommsen
(ed.). Historia Brittonum, VI. Composed after AD 830. (in Latin) Hosted at Latin Wikisource. ^ Ford, David Nash. "The 28 Cities of Britain" at Britannia. 2000. ^ "Nine things you didn't know about Grantchester". Cambridge
Cambridge
News. 13 October 2014. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.  ^ a b c Kelly, Tony (10 August 1997). "Yes Rupert, there's still honey for tea..." The Independent. Retrieved 20 December 2015.  ^ Wright, Karen (9 June 2012). "Helaine Blumenfeld: 'Art is a commitment to risk, a reflection of life – nothing stays the same'". The Independent. Retrieved 20 December 2015.  ^ Reynolds, Stanley (6 June 2013). " Tom Sharpe
Tom Sharpe
obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 December 2015.  ^ Jordison, Sam (9 July 2009). "Going swimming with Roger Deakin". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 December 2015.  ^ "Byron's Pool". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013.  ^ "Map of Byron's Pool". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013.  ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary and St Andrew (1309436)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 March 2015.  ^ "A Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
spotter's guide to Cambridge". Cambridge
Cambridge
News. 26 August 2013. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.  ^ [1] Archived 1 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Where to go bonkers on Boxing Day". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 November 2014.  ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 235. ISBN 9780340165973.  ^ [2] Archived 20 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Grantchester.

Grantchester
Grantchester
village website Church website Grantchester
Grantchester
Cricket Club "Rupert Brooke's Grantchester" : the full text of the famous poem, plus a commentary and photographs by two local residents