St Bene't's is a Church of England parish church in central Cambridge, England. Parts of the church, most notably the tower, are Anglo-Saxon, and it is the oldest church in Cambridgeshire as well as the oldest building in Cambridge.Find out how to plan Cambridge trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
The church is dedicated to Saint Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Benedictine order of monasticism. Bene't is an attempt to reconcile the Anglo-Norman name Benet with the Latin (and modern English) form of the saint's name Benedict. Latin documents from the 13th and 14th century refer to "ecclesie sancti Benedicti" while a contract (in English) of 6 June 1452 for a new roof referred to the "cherche of seynt Bennettys". Lyne's map of Cambridge of 1574 shows "Benett Ch" while Loggan's map of 1688 shows "St Bennetts Church". In the 19th century the church was variously referred to as being of "St Benedict", "St Benet" or "St Bene't". Modern usage is either "St Benet" or "St Bene't".
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In these difficult times, it was lovely to visit one of Cambridge's most interesting churches. Anglo Saxon St. Bene't's Church is set back from busy Bene'T Street, a short, historic street in central.... more
In these difficult times, it was lovely to visit one of Cambridge's most interesting churches. Anglo Saxon St. Bene't's Church is set back from busy Bene'T Street, a short, historic street in central.... more »
This church is an oasis of peace and I was made to feel very welcome. Photography is permitted (and encouraged). There are some lovely stained glass windows with one of St. Benedict himself high...
This church is an oasis of peace and I was made to feel very welcome. Photography is permitted (and encouraged). There are some lovely stained glass windows with one of St. Benedict himself high... more »
Has excellent acoustic properties. It feels old but not imposing. One of the more welcoming churches I've been to. Small on the inside.
Lovely, quiet and peaceful place. A good place for prayer And a moment of reflection. The oldest church in Cambridge with an interesting interior.
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