This chess set is all about
Cambridge and Oxford: generous and powerful founders and benefactors, inspiring
academics, stunning surroundings and an 800 year old university rivalry. The
playing pieces were modelled on existing statues and landmarks from each city
by an award-winning sculptor, and are designed as a set for elegant
presentation and play.
The King and Queen pieces were chosen from the benefactors: Cambridge: King
Henry VIII of England and Lady Margaret Beaufort, Oxford: William Herbert 3rd
Earl of Pembroke and Queen Caroline of Ansbach
The Bishop piece was chosen to represent research and teaching. Cambridge: Sir
Isaac Newton, Oxford: John Locke
Punting has been a pastime in both cities since the early 20th century. The
movement of novice punters zigzagging down the river even resembles the
movement of the knight on the chess board.
The Rook piece is represented by the Tower of Church of St Mary the Great,
Cambridge and Carfax Tower, Oxford (Remnant of the 12th- century St Martins
And last but not least, the Pawn. The quintessence of what both cities and
universities are about: imparting knowledge to the next generation of students
and being an inspiration for new ideas and solutions.
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