Introduction by the authors
Following on our 'Cutting through the Colleges', Publication in 2010, we go on a different journey: our work on inscriptions in stone and many other materials for the City, University and churches of Cambridge. And that is merely the story so far; the Workshop's orders always include local commissions among many others.
It is over 800 years ago that colleges began in Cambridge, and they are still very much places apart - independent foundations that treasure their individuality and autonomy. But soon they found they needed a common central body: the start of the University with a capital ‘U’.
The first recorded chancellor, Hugh de Hottun, was elected by 1246. in time university departments grew up (named ‘Schools' at first, for teaching and examining); together with an administration, now in the Old Schools. They all came to want lettering in order to inform, to commemorate, and to celebrate special occasions or places. Therefore much of the book is about this central (not college) university.
The City of Cambridge is naturally another entity, yet long intertwined with the university - and both very occasionally at war. Corpus Christi College was founded by the citizens, not by the usual aristocratic patron. And the city too has commissioned Kindersley work, from street signs to lettering for commerce. We reflect this interdependence in the lay-out of the book: the sections mix university and city pieces - together with church and churchyard memorials. There is a full list of churchyard / cemetery stones at the back. This is not a complete record of everything that has been done over 60 years - there is too much. It is a selective and practical guide, mainly to what can (or could) be seen in public. 'Could' has changed over the years: quite a number of pieces indoors, once accessible, are now behind security barriers. The text has to be your Ariel here.
We may think, innocently, that stone inscriptions are for ever. Churches and churchyards know this; but we have found that secular authorities are less mindful of their heritage pieces, and apt to do away with them. We have included archive illustrations in this book from among the more remarkable lost property.
Colleges and Addenbrooke's Hospital are of course not here. And wait, why stop so rigidly at the city gates, are there not... ? Yes, 'Cutting around Cambridgeshire' is to follow; it will also have the work outside the strict city boundary, such as in the Science Park. All these books express the concern that we must have a care for letters cut - and their wider values. Lida Lopez Cardozo Kindersley and Thomas Sherwood.
About the authors
Lida Lopez Cardozo Kindersley studied, design at the Royal Academy in the Hague before joining David Kindersley in 1976 as an apprentice in his workshop. She became his partner in David Kindersley's Workshop in 1981 and joined him in training apprentices. Since David’s death in 1995 she has run the workshop, continuing in a tradition inherited from Eric Gill. Many of the workshop’s stones are in churches and cathedrals, and on public buildings, but she has always been most passionate about memorial stones for individuals.
Thomas Sherwood was the foundation Professor of Radiology and also Clinical Dean of the Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine. He was drawn into the Kindersley Workshop through commissioning various stones there, and at Frensham Heights School and for The Lancet. He is a writer of medical papers, textbooks and occasional pieces.
1st edition 2011, paperback, 136pp, packed with over 200 full colour photographs, 12.3 x 19.5 cm