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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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  • Well I have walked across parkers piece so many times I have lost count. From having one of the most iconic Cambridge landmarks in the centre. As neglected it may be to shows and fairs. Not a lot to s...  read more »
  • Very well located, is a very beautiful, has great restaurants around, bus stops ...
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  • I love this park It's so interesting if you want to sit and people watch During summer the park is full of people picnic in or playing football TC It's massive and is surrounded by buildings In winter...  read more »
  • A large, historic and peaceful open space in the centre of Cambridge. It's the place where football was invented, where the famous reality checkpoint lamp post resides, and where a picnic on a sunny day is delightful and relaxing.
  • It's a large grassed common area with an X of paths through it. Nice open space, nothing much there but nice. Just watch out for the many cyclists whizzing through.
  • This is a pretty important location in Cambridge, more for locals than visitors. Just outside of the town centre, not on route to any of the tourist attractions. Paths cross the park diagonally and where they meet in the middle is the Reality Checkpoint, a white cast iron lamp post. Try one of these local activities; Risk everything by navigating the crazy cycling crisscross at speed, set up a large and competative Volleyball game next to a busy path, form a sprawling and impenetrable circle of foreign language students then shout loudly at each other for many hours.
  • Great place to chill out and relax. Nice big park. Close to a car park. All the amenities are about that are required. There is also plenty to offer activities going on.
  • Great place to relax and have fun with friends, with plenty of options for food and drink within 10 mins walking distance radius.
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