Corpus Christi and Sidney Sussex Boathouse, West Chesterton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 (Grade II)

Corpus Christi and Sidney Sussex Boathouse is a grade two (II) listed building in West Chesterton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4. It was first listed in 1997.

About Corpus Christi and Sidney Sussex Boathouse


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Boathouse with changing facilities. 1958 by David Roberts, extended to sides in 1980s. Light-weight steel frame on piled concrete foundations infilled with brick and some weatherboarding to first floor front; shallow first floor houses changing facilities and has flat felt roof, deeper three bay boat store below has lean-to extensions and pitched roof. Symmetrical composition of three main bays to front, and the set-back lean-tos either side, all with folding doors under clerestory glazing’ now blocked. Above, changing rooms with near-continuous broad band of glazing, with square panes and doors at either end, are set behind steel and timber balcony and reached via spiral concrete stairs to either side, with powerful newel posts and slender steel balustrade. Shields of the colleges sharing the boathouse to front, and four flagpoles complete the delicate grid of the composition. Interior of the ground floor a simple store; the upper floor noted to be ‘spartan’, as it does not overlook racing and elaborate facilities were not required. Rowing started at Cambridge in the 1820s (before it was introduced at Oxford); Corpus Christi College founded its first club in 1827-30; Sidney Sussex followed in the early 1830s. They were the first colleges to build a combined boathouse. This was the first modern style boathouse built at Cambridge, and was widely imitated here and elsewhere. It is a graceful little building, making the most of a small budget (“13,000). The thin, angular lines are appropriate to its river setting, and contrast with the more flamboyant styles of the earlier boathouses alongside.

Where is Corpus Christi and Sidney Sussex Boathouse?

Corpus Christi and Sidney Sussex Boathouse is located on Cutter Ferry Lane, in West Chesterton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4.

Key Facts

Grid ReferenceTL 45798 59099
Easting, Northing545798, 259099.36084
Latitude, Longitude52.210823, 0.13245
Grade listingII (two)
English Heritage List Entry Number1021928
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