Cambridge 2000: Trinity College: Great Court: King Edward's Tower

Description: Trinity College: Great Court: King Edward's Tower
Date built: 1428-1432
Trinity College: Great Court: King Edward's Tower map for Trinity College: Great Court: King Edward's Tower
Date photograph taken: 01 Jan 2000 (Alternative map: Google map)

King Edward's Tower is where the Great Court clock is located which rings the hour twice, supposedly once for Trinity and once for St John's. It is this clock which is used to time the race by students (now discouraged) around Great Court at midnight on the night of the annual Matriculation Feast, as featured in the film 'The Chariots of Fire' (although Trinity did not allow this to be filmed in college). The idea is to run around the pavement at the edge of the court before the clock finishes ringing, and the only way most people can do this is by cutting corners.

The tower was originally located partway in to Great Court, near where the sundial is now located (which can be seen in this photo). In 1600 the tower was rebuilt in its current location. It was increased in height, including the addition of the cupola, to its current size in around 1610.

The Trinity chapel is to the right in the picture.

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