Sunday, 10 April 2016

Britain from A to Z - C

Today, for the letter C, we start at Charing Cross Station in London, travel out to Caen Hill in Dorset and end up with a view of one of Cambridge's oldest Colleges.
Buy original Wall Art of Charing Cross Station
Charing Cross Station
Charing Cross Station seen from the London Eye.
Buy original Wall Art of Caen Hill Locks
Caen Hill Locks
The dramatic change in height of the land at Caen Hill resulted in the need for 16 locks to be built in close succession. They were built in 1810 and form part of a longer 29-lock flight at Devizes, all packed into just over two miles.
Buy original Wall Art of Caen Hill Locks Side Ponds
Caen Hill Locks Side Ponds
Because of the steepness of the hill there was not space to use the normal arrangement of water pounds between the locks and so engineer John Rennie had to build unusually large side ponds to replenish the water in each lock after use. 
Buy original Wall Art of Kings College Chapel And The Gibbs Building
Kings College Chapel And The Gibbs Building
King's College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. It was founded in 1441 by Henry VI, soon after he had founded its sister college in Eton. However, the King's plans for the college were disrupted by the Wars of the Roses and resultant scarcity of funds, and his eventual deposition. Little progress was made on the project until in 1508 Henry VII began to take an interest in the college, most likely as a political move to legitimise his new position. The building of the college's chapel, begun in 1446, was finally finished in 1544 during the reign of Henry VIII. 

King's College Chapel is regarded as one of the greatest examples of late Gothic English architecture. It has the world's largest fan-vault, and the chapel's stained-glass windows and wooden chancel screen are considered some of the finest from their era. The chapel's choir, composed of male students at King's and choristers from the nearby King's College School, is one of the most accomplished and renowned in the world.

In 1724 James Gibbs redesigned the front court, but was able to only build the west range of his scheme, the present Gibbs Building. 

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