Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, with gatehouse. Illustration source: Keux and Cooper, facing p.8.

Sidney Sussex College was designed by the architect Sir Jeffry Wyatville, c.1830. It stands on Sidney Street, Cambridge. Wyatville has been accused of having "rehashed Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge in a very crude Gothic style" (Turnor 51): Derek Linstrum mounts a partial defence, agreeing that "there is much that is clumsy in the work, but there was little money; Wyatt [as he was then known] was undoubtedly right to use most of it in erecting the stone-faced tower in Sidney Street, which is well-placed in the Picturesque composition of the whole front as it is seen approaching the College from the town" (233).

Note: the main illustration above shows the building when approached from the other direction, coming into town. The modern photograph at the side here — ©, with thanks — shows the view from town. [Click on both images to enlarge them.]

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Keux, J. Le, "greatly enlarged" by Charles Henry Cooper. Memorials of Cambridge: Sidney College, Downing College, Parish Churches etc. Vol. 3. Cambridge: Macmillan, 1866. Available here. Viewed 24 April 2010.

Linstrum, Derek. Sir Jeffry Wyatville: Architect to the King. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972.

Turnor, Reginald. Nineteenth Century Architecture in Britain. London: Batsford, 1950.

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