The Backs 199

Cambridge, England, Cambridgeshire, Cambridge

Brief Description

The Backs consists of the lawns and gardens to the rear of the colleges associated with Cambridge University. Features of The Backs include riverside walks and lawns.

History

The area now known as The Backs was landscaped during the 18th century.

Visitor Facilities

The Backs consists of the lawns and gardens to the rear of the colleges associated with Cambridge University. The public is allowed to traverse the historic park.

Detailed Description

The Backs, now a world famous landscape was originally part of the town drain and a commercial waterway for barges on the Cam until 1750. The 10 hectare (24 acre) site, which stretches between Queen's College and St John's College, was landscaped in the 18th and 19th century.

Although the Backs are individually owned by the colleges several plans were drawn up for an overall landscape scheme notably by Lancelot Brown in 1779 which was never executed. The site features riverside walks and lawns, overhung by trees.

Features
  • Lawn
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  • Walk
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River
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The Backs consists of the lawns and gardens to the rear of the colleges associated with Cambridge University. The public is allowed to traverse the historic park.
History

Detailed History

The area known as The Backs was landscaped in 1750.
Contact

Telephone

01793 445050

Official Website

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References

References

Contributors

  • Cambridge Gardens Trust