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David Quidnunc  •  Link

John Evelyn's description, 1654

Evelyn, 33, and his wife, then 19 or 20 years old, visited Cambridge on 1 September 1654, the year Pepys graduated from Magdalene. Evelyn saw several of the colleges, including King's. This is part of that day's diary entry:

". . . then to Kings Coll, where I found the Chapel altogether answerable to expectation, especialy the roofe all of stone, which for the flatnesse of its laying & carving may I conceive vie with any in Christendome; The contignation of the roofe (which I went upon), weight, and artificial joyning of the stones is admirable: The lights are also very faire: The library is too narrow: here in one Ile [aisle?] lies the famous Dr. Collins so celebrated for his fluency in the Latine Tongue: from this roofe we could discry Elie [Ely], and the encampment of Sturbridge faire now beginning to set up their Tents & boothes: also Royston, New-Market &c: houses belonging to the King."

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