Situated right smack in the middle of several footpaths, within the Cambridge area near Parker’s Piece field, the Reality Checkpoint may seem like an unassuming cast-iron lamp post. There are many theories, as to why this seemingly normal lamp post earned its namesake.
A common theory states, that the Reality Checkpoint received its in the 1960s, from a group of university students, studying at Anglia Ruskin University. This post signified the barrier, between the university area and the seemingly “reality” of the real world beyond that point.
In a more practical sense though, since the post is in an open field with no other surrounding landmark, it could have been used as a guide to navigating the area on foggy nights. Or, even a checkpoint for students to meet up after a particularly hard night of university parties and drinks.
Either way, the scenery of an unassuming stray lamp post out in the vastness of an open field, would definitely serve as a bizarre landscape for a curious tourist to uncover.
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