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Bene't Street is a short but historic street in central Cambridgemarker, Englandmarker. There is a junction with King's Parademarker to the north and Trumpington Streetmarker to the south at the eastern end of the street. Free School Lanemarker leads off to the south. To the west, the street continues as Wheeler Streetmarker.

The street is named after St Bene't's Churchmarker. Bene't is a contraction of Benedict, hence the unusual apostrophe in the name. The Anglo-Saxon tower of St Bene't's, built sometime between 1000–1050AD, is the oldest standing building in Cambridgeshire.

The Eagle pubmarker is on the north side of the street.In this pub, Francis Crick interrupted lunchtime patrons on 28 February 1953 to announce that he and James Watson had discovered the structure of DNA. There is a blue plaque on the outside wall of the pub to commemorate the event.

The main site of Corpus Christi Collegemarker is located on the south side of the street. It also has accommodation on the north side of the street. On the corner of the College with Trumpington Street is the Corpus Clockmarker, installed in 2008. The main entrance of the college is in Trumpington Street.

References

  1. Bene't Street, Cambridge City Council.
  2. St Bene't's Church website.
  3. Cambridge St Bene't, Cambridgeshire Churches.
  4. The city of Cambridge: Churches, A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 3: The City and University of Cambridge (1959), pp. 123-132
  5. Bene't Street: The Eagle pub, Cambridge 2000.
  6. Bene't Street, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.



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