Oxbridge chess pieces

$350.00

Designs taken from key figures relating to the two historic towns and rivals of Oxford and Cambridge, the two sides to this set are differentiated by an ebony/ivory colour. 

Key figures:

Oxford (dark) side :

  • King: William Herbert, third Earl of Pembroke, who guards the entrance to the Bodleian Library (2.5" tall) 
  • Queen: Queen Caroline of Ansbach, who sits above the entrance to Queen's College
  • Bishop: John Locke, who graces the stairs to Christchuch College library.
  • Knight: Punter
  • Castle: Carfax Tower, a remnant of the twelfth century St. Martin's church in the centre of Oxford
  • Pawn: Graduating student

Cambridge (light) side:

  • King: Henry VIII, who overlooks Trinity Street from the main entrance to Trinity College
  • Queen: Lady Margaret Beaufort, whose bust can be found located above the passage from the first to second courtyard at St John's
  • Bishop: Sir Isaac Newton, who was a student at Cambridge (though interestingly, he can also be found in the court of the Oxford Museum of Natural History on Broad Street)
  • Knight: Punter
  • Castle: Church of St Mary, overlooking Cambridge Marketplace
  • Pawn: Graduating student

Antique finish only, made in Germany.

We recommend playing this set on a 16" board, and have pictured it on the 16" Ridley board (sold separately).