All Saints

Victorian decorative genius.

About this church

All Saints stands opposite the gates of Jesus College in the heart of Cambridge, its pale stone spire a prominent city landmark.

It was built in the 1860s to the plans of the famous 19th century architect GF Bodley, and is a triumph of Victorian art and design. The simple wooden door opens into a dramatic blast of colour and pattern.

Light gleams through stained glass windows, designed by leading Arts and Crafts artists, including William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown.

What's more, almost every surface has painted, stencilled or gilded decoration. Pomegranates burst with seeds; flowers run riot over the walls.

There is a glorious painting of Christ, Mary and St John, with throngs of angels. The north aisle features three fine windows by CE Kempe and Co (1891-1923) together with glass by Douglas Strachan.

Fittings designed by Bodley include the alabaster font, the pulpit and the oak aisle screen.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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