Parker’s Piece, Cambridge CB1 1NA


Parker’s Piece

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Parker’s Piece, near the city centre, is one of the best-known open spaces in Cambridge.

The grass is kept tidily short and the park is a popular spot for picnics and games of football and cricket.

The gas lamp at the crossroad of the paths across the park, erected in 1893, was nicknamed Reality Checkpoint by students in the 1960s.

The park’s name comes from a cook named Edward Parker who held the original lease to the land, which at the time was used for grazing.

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