Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Bishop Michael Ramsey

Michael Ramsey's birthplace plaque
Arthur Michael Ramsey (1904-1988), 100th Archbishop of Canterbury, was born in Cambridge (at Aaron House in Chesterton Road, opposite Jesus Lock) and maintained a close interest in Little Saint Mary's throughout his life, beginning in boyhood when his family worshipped next door at Emmanuel Congregational Church (as it then was, later absorbed into the United Reformed Church and now the Pembroke College Auditorium). He kept up the link throughout his years as undergraduate at Magdalene, as Vicar of our neighbouring parish of St Bene't and as Regius Professor of Divinity in the University.

Archbishop Michael Ramsey


After his consecration to the Episcopate at Durham in 1952 and subsequent elevation to the Primacy at York and Canterbury, Bishop Michael continued to revisit Cambridge regularly, and preached many times in LSM. The society founded in his memory organises a lecture on some aspect of Christianity, which is usually delivered at LSM each November.