There are so many places in the UK that I’ve never heard of, let alone visited them! While in Cambridgeshire on the Bank Holiday weekend, I was taken to another amazing place called Godmanchester. Never heard of it before! It lies on the south bank of the River Great Ouse, south of of Huntingdon.
It’s a very small town, but full of character! The name comes from Anglo-Saxon name Godmundceaster, meaning a town or Roman buildings associated with a man called Godmund (Wikipedia). As well as very pretty it’s an ancient town too, evidence of the town exists as early as the year 1212.
The Chinese Bridge in Godmanchester
We started our little trot by crossing the main landmark of the town, Chinese Bridge, which stood there since 1827, designed by architect James Gallier. It’s believed that the bridge was built without any nails or other fixings. To investigate the matter an architect dismantled the bridged, however it was impossible to reconstruct it afterwards. The current 4th edition of the bridge pictured below is held together by nails.
The Godmanchester Park
Across the bridge is the beautiful Godmanchester Park. The passing boats and swans in the Great Ouse river reminded me of Richmond in London a little bit. Don’t you just love a city with a lake or a river passing by.
Godmanchester has a full variety of architectural styles – more than 400 years of architectural history in such a small town. This bright yellow house is my personal favourite. Another favourite – the beautiful timber framed buildings in the city.
The people’s gardens in the town were as beautiful as the facades of the houses. You know me, I love a good garden so I nosed around through the tall hedges.
This building dates back to 1899! It looks rather gloomy amongst the grey clouds, but I though the chimneys were very pretty!
Definitely recommend exploring Godmanchester if you are passing by, it’s a very beautiful place.
Have you been to Godmanchester? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below…