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Parker's Piece, Cambridge

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Parker's Piece is a 25-acre (100,000 m2) flat and roughly square green common located near the centre of Cambridge, England, regarded by some as the birthplace of the rules of Association Football. The two main walking and cycling paths across it run diagonally, and the single lamp-post at the junction is colloquially known as Reality Checkpoint. The area is bounded by Park Terrace, Parkside, Gonville Place, and Regent Terrace. The Cambridge University Football Club Laws were first used on Parker's Piece and adopted by the Football Association in 1863. "They embrace the true principles of the game, with the greatest simplicity" (E. C. Morley, F.A. Hon. Sec. 1863). 'The Cambridge Rules appear to be the most desirable for the Association to adopt' (C. W. Alcock 1863, FA committee member and founder of the FA Cup).
The grass is mown and the area is known today chiefly as a spot for picnics and games of football and cricket, and serves as the games field for nearby Parkside Community College. Fairs tend to be held on the rougher ground of Midsummer Common.

In 1838, a feast for 15,000 guests was held on Parker's Piece to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria.
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  • Great for frisbee. Could do with some pull up bars if you ask me. Lovely in the summer but very busy, and not too bad in the winter :) 
    Great for frisbee. Could do with some pull up bars if you ask me. Lovely in the summer but very busy, and not too bad in the winter :)  more »
  • Went here for The North Pole and the ice slide Total mayhem Have to queue in the cold for over an hour to get on the slide 
    Went here for The North Pole and the ice slide Total mayhem Have to queue in the cold for over an hour to get on the slide  more »
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  • Played over 1000 cricket matches on there since 1968
  • Was passing by for my train n here u go. What a beautiful view it was. Lovely sunset warm golden colour with cold touch of blue sky as well as green green grass. Just stop there to enjoy some moments of my life. A lot of people were around, running, playing, groups having chit chat n enjoy the calmness n meditate themselves. It must b very interesting place in summer. Full of life, people, colours all around. Many places around for eating, drinking n hotels. All things u need to enjoy time there.

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