Parker's Piece, Cambridge

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Parker's Piece is a 25acre flat and roughly square green common located near the centre of Cambridge, England and is now regarded as the birthplace of the rules of Association Football. The two main walking and cycling paths across it run diagonally, and the single lamp-post at the junction is colloquially known as Reality Checkpoint. The area is bounded by Park Terrace, Parkside, Gonville Place, and Regent Terrace. The Cambridge University Football Club Laws were first used on Parker's Piece and adopted by the Football Association in 1863. "They embrace the true principles of the game, with the greatest simplicity" (E. C. Morley, F.A. Hon. Sec. 1863). 'The Cambridge Rules appear to be the most desirable for the Association to adopt' (C. W. Alcock 1863, FA committee member and founder of the FA Cup). A statue was due to be erected in October 2013 to celebrate the 150th anniversary on the Football Association and their adoption of the Cambridge Rules, but has been delayed.The grass is well manicured and it is known today chiefly as a spot for picnics and games of football and cricket, and serves as the games field for nearby Parkside Community College. Fairs tend to be held on the rougher ground of Midsummer Common.In 1838, a feast for 15,000 guests was held on Parker's Piece to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria.
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  • Parkers Piece is a delightful expanse of green in the centre of Cambridge. It is good for people watching as it is well used by diverse groups for sports, picnics and the like. Regular fairs and other...  more »
  • It was great to see the children using the facility, nice and clean a nice area to walk around, well maintained..  more »
  • This was one of the first few things drawing my attention when arriving at Cambridge on my first day here. It links the city center, the grafton center, my college hughes hall and mill road together.  more »
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  • It's a lovely place to visit when the sun is up, lively and friendly. Filled with greenery and fresh air. Perfect place to spend some time with family or friends. Play a game of freebie or football, maybe just enjoy the sun or have some quite time with nature. Parker's piece is just the place. Love spending my evenings here.
  • Nice central open space in Cambridge. Two pubs open onto it and it's overlooked by the police and fire station too. Often great events to attend, especially in the summer. Parking is good in the Queen Anne car park reasonably priced (for Cambridge)
  • I love Parker's Piece, it's a great central place in Cambridge to meet and go anywhere. When there's good weather, people come here in droves and hang out on the grass, eating, drinking, chatting, reading, sunbathing. It's lovely.
  • Great space, follows the river and is a great walk. Usually some good events going on as well. Not very well lit at night.
  • Was at bus stop. Parker's Piece is good for picnic and for playing with the children. It is accessible and has great restaurants nearby.
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