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CORPUS CHRISTI AND SIDNEY SUSSEX BOATHOUSE

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: CORPUS CHRISTI AND SIDNEY SUSSEX BOATHOUSE

List entry Number: 1021928

Location

CORPUS CHRISTI AND SIDNEY SUSSEX BOATHOUSE, CUTTER FERRY LANE

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Cambridge

District Type: District Authority

Parish:

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 02-Dec-1997

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 466551

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History

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Details

TL 4559 CAMBRIDGE, FORMER CB CUTTER FERRY LANE (South side)

667/15/10087 Corpus Christi and Sidney Sussex Boathouse

II

Boathouse with changing facilities. 1958 by David Roberts, extended to sides in 1980s. Light-weight steel frame on piled concrete foundations infilled with brick and some weatherboarding to first floor front; shallow first floor houses changing facilities and has flat felt roof, deeper three bay boat store below has lean-to extensions and pitched roof. Symmetrical composition of three main bays to front, and the set-back lean-tos either side, all with folding doors under clerestory glazing' now blocked. Above, changing rooms with near-continuous broad band of glazing, with square panes and doors at either end, are set behind steel and timber balcony and reached via spiral concrete stairs to either side, with powerful newel posts and slender steel balustrade. Shields of the colleges sharing the boathouse to front, and four flagpoles complete the delicate grid of the composition. Interior of the ground floor a simple store; the upper floor noted to be 'spartan', as it does not overlook racing and elaborate facilities were not required. Rowing started at Cambridge in the 1820s (before it was introduced at Oxford); Corpus Christi College founded its first club in 1827-30; Sidney Sussex followed in the early 1830s. They were the first colleges to build a combined boathouse. This was the first modern style boathouse built at Cambridge, and was widely imitated here and elsewhere. It is a graceful little building, making the most of a small budget ("13,000). The thin, angular lines are appropriate to its river setting, and contrast with the more flamboyant styles of the earlier boathouses alongside.



Listing NGR: TL4579859099

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Booth, P , Taylor, N, Cambridge New Architecture, (1965), 83
Rawle, T, Cambridge Architecture, (1993), 64
'Architect and Building News' in 18 March, (1959), 354-5
'Architects Journal' in 12 February, (1959), 262

National Grid Reference: TL 45798 59099

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