Cambridge 2000: Gonville and Caius College: Harvey Road: 6

Description: Gonville and Caius College: Harvey Road: 6
Date built: 1882
Architect: R.R. Rowe
Gonville and Caius College: Harvey Road: 6 (R.R. Rowe) map for Gonville and Caius College: Harvey Road: 6
Date photograph taken: 13 Sep 2010 (Alternative map: Google map)

From 1570 until around 1860, Fellows of Cambridge colleges were not allowed to marry, but after this restriction was relaxed (in some colleges not until university statues allowing marriage were approved in 1882) there was a spurt of new houses built in the city over the following few decades, because colleges themselves did not have married accommodation.

In particular, eight large semi-detached houses were built on the south side of Harvey Road in the early 1880s, along with some similar houses on the north side of the road.

Number 6 is typical of the houses, but it also happens to be the house where John Maynard Keynes, the economist, was born in 1883, and grew up. His father was also an economist, and a Fellow of Pembroke College, and was one of the first generation of college Fellows to marry.

The houses on the south side are now owned by Gonville and Caius College, and used for student accommodation.

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