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Mathematical Bridge

The 'Mathematical Bridge' is the nickname given to a wooden footbridge that crosses the River Cam in the centre of Cambridge, England. The bridge, officially called the 'Wooden Bridge', was designed and built by William Etheridge and James Essex in 1749, and it connects two parts of Queens College. It has been rebuilt once in 1866 and again in 1905, but has always kept the same design - appearing to be an arch but actually constructed completely out of straight pieces of timber. The reason the bridge has been nicknamed the 'Mathematical Bridge' is because of its extremely precise and sophisticated design - placing the straight timbers at specific angles to give the impression of a curve.

There was another, original 'Mathematical Bridge', also designed by James Essex, that previously crossed the River Cam where the current 'Garret Hostel Bridge' is now located, between the Trinity and Trinity Hall Colleges.

There is a local story that states the Mathematical Bridge was originally built by Sir Isaac Newton, who did not use any nuts or bolts at all in the design of the bridge, and that a group of students once attempted to dismantle the bridge and put it back together again, but failed in their task and were forced to add nuts and bolts to re-build the structure. In reality, Isaac Newton died 22 years before the Mathematical Bridge was even built, so he couldn't have possibly had any hand in its creation, and nuts and bolts have always been a part of the bridges design.


Hotels near Mathematical Bridge Cambridge


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DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre

Granta Place, Mill Lane , Cambridge , CB2 1RT

DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre is 0.17 kilometers from Mathematical Bridge Cambridge. Room prices starting from £ 123

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8.2 out of 10

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Hilton Cambridge City Centre

Downing Street , Cambridge , CB2 3DT

Hilton Cambridge City Centre is 0.48 kilometers from Mathematical Bridge Cambridge. Room prices starting from £ 119.2

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8.7 out of 10

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Apple Apartments Cambridge

7 Rose Crescent , Cambridge , CB2 3LL

Apple Apartments Cambridge is 0.52 kilometers from Mathematical Bridge Cambridge. Room prices starting from £ 114

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8.5 out of 10

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Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cambridge

Trumpington Street , Cambridge , CB2 1QA

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cambridge is 0.53 kilometers from Mathematical Bridge Cambridge. Room prices starting from £ 129

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8.4 out of 10

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Christs College Cambridge

St Andrews Street , Cambridge , CB2 3BU

Christs College Cambridge is 0.59 kilometers from Mathematical Bridge Cambridge. Room prices starting from £ 48.95

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8.5 out of 10

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The Castle B&B

37 Saint Andrews Street , Cambridge , CB2 3AR

The Castle B&B is 0.59 kilometers from Mathematical Bridge Cambridge. Room prices starting from £ 72

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6.1 out of 10

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Royal Cambridge Hotel

Trumpington St , Cambridge , CB2 1PY

Royal Cambridge Hotel is 0.61 kilometers from Mathematical Bridge Cambridge. Room prices starting from £ 67.15

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6.8 out of 10

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£ 67.15
Lensfield Hotel Boutique Wellness Spa

53-57 Lensfield Road , Cambridge , CB2 1EN

Lensfield Hotel Boutique Wellness Spa is 0.71 kilometers from Mathematical Bridge Cambridge. Room prices starting from £ 67.5

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7.4 out of 10

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Regent Hotel

41 Regent Street , Cambridge , CB2 1AB

Regent Hotel is 0.71 kilometers from Mathematical Bridge Cambridge. Room prices starting from £ 125

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8.6 out of 10

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Robinson College - University of Cambridge

Grange Road , Cambridge , CB3 9AN

Robinson College - University of Cambridge is 0.73 kilometers from Mathematical Bridge Cambridge. Room prices starting from £ 75

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7.9 out of 10

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£ 75