All Saints' Church, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Address:
Jesus Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8BP
How to find us | Access information
Opening times:
The church is opended daily 10:00am to 04:00pm from November 11th to December 10th by the Anglian Potters, who are exhibiting in the church.
  • Overview
  • Map
  • What's on
  • What's nearby
  • Feedback

Victorian decorative genius

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 nineteenth-century architect G.F. 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 C.E. 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.