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The city of Cambridge ( ( )) is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, Englandmarker. It lies in East Angliamarker about north of Londonmarker. Cambridge is also at the heart of the high-technology centre known as Silicon Fen - a play on Silicon Valleymarker and the fens surrounding the city.

Cambridge is best known as the home of the University of Cambridgemarker, one of the world's premier universities. The university includes the renowned Cavendish Laboratorymarker, King's College Chapelmarker, and the Cambridge University Librarymarker. The Cambridge skyline is dominated by the last two buildings, along with the chimney of Addenbrooke's Hospitalmarker in the far south of the city and St John's Collegemarker Chapel tower in the north.

According to the 2001 United Kingdommarker census, the City's population was 108,863 (including 22,153 students), and the population of the urban area (which includes parts of South Cambridgeshiremarker district) is estimated to be 130,000. Cambridge is surrounded by many smaller towns and villages.



Settlements have existed around this area since before the Roman Empire The earliest clear evidence of occupation were the remains of a 3,500-year-old farmstead discovered at the site of Fitzwilliam Collegemarker. There is further archaeological evidence through the Iron Age, a Belgic tribe having settled on Castle Hillmarker in the 1st century BC

Roman times

The first major development of the area began with the Roman invasion of Britain in about AD 40. Castle Hill made Cambridge a useful place for a military outpost from which to defend the River Cammarker. It was also the crossing point for the Via Devana which linked Colchestermarker in Essex with the garrisons at Lincolnmarker and the north. This Roman settlement has been identified as Duroliponte.

The settlement remained a regional centre during the 350 years after the Roman occupation, until about AD 400. Roman roads and walled enclosures can still be seen in the area.

Duroliponte means bridge over the duro or duroli, which appears to derive from the celtic word for water.

Saxon and Viking age

After the Romans had left, Saxons took over the land on and around Castle Hill. Their grave goods have been found in the area. During Anglo-Saxon times Cambridge benefited from good trade links across the otherwise hard-to-travel fenlands. By the 7th century, however, visitors from nearby Ely reported that Cambridge had declined severely Cambridge is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Grantebrycge.

The arrival of the Vikings in Cambridge was recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 875. Viking rule, the Danelawmarker, had been imposed by 878 The Vikings' vigorous trading habits caused Cambridge to grow rapidly. During this period the centre of the town shifted from Castle Hill on the left bank of the river to the area now known as the Quayside on the right bank. After the end of the Viking period the Saxons enjoyed a brief return to power, building St Bene't's Churchmarker in 1025, which still stands in Bene't Streetmarker.

Norman times

In 1068, two years after his conquest of England, William of Normandy built a castlemarker on Castle Hill. Like the rest of the newly conquered kingdom, Cambridge fell under the control of the King and his deputies. The distinctive Round Churchmarker dates from this period. By Norman times the name of the town had mutated to Grentabrige or Cantebrigge (Grantbridge), while the river that flowed through it was called the Granta.

Over time the name of the town changed to Cambridge, while the river Cam was still known as the Granta — indeed the Upper River (the stretch between the Millpond in Cambridge and Grantchester) is correctly known as the Granta to this day. The Welsh language name of the town remains Caergrawnt (roughly analogous to Grantchestermarker, which is also the name of a village near Cambridge). It was only later that the river became known as the Cam, by analogy with the name Cambridge. The University, formed 1209, uses a Latin adjective cantabrigiensis (often contracted to "Cantab") to mean "of Cambridge", but this is obviously a back-formation from the English name.

Beginnings of the university

In 1209, students escaping from hostile townspeople in Oxfordmarker fled to Cambridge and formed a university there The oldest college that still exists, Peterhousemarker, was founded in 1284 One of the most impressive buildings in Cambridge, King's College Chapelmarker, was begun in 1446 by King Henry VI. The project was completed in 1515 during the reign of King Henry VIII.

Cambridge University Press originated with a printing licence issued in 1534. Hobson's Conduit, the first project to bring clean drinking water to the town centre, was built in 1610 (by the Hobson of Hobson's choice). Parts of it survive today. Addenbrooke's Hospitalmarker was founded in 1766. The railway and station were built in 1845. According to legend, the University dictated their location: well away from the centre of town, so that the possibility of quick access to London would not distract students from their work. However, there is no written record of this notion.

It was said that "Cambridge is a fountain of knowledge where students come to drink".

Twentieth century

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s the size of the city was greatly increased by several large council estates planned to hold London overspill. The biggest impact has been on the area north of the river, which are now the estates of Arburymarker, East Chestertonmarker and King's Hedgesmarker, and there are many smaller estates to the south of the city.

In 1962 Cambridge's first shopping arcade, Bradwell's Court, opened on Drummer Street, though this was demolished in 2002. Other shopping arcades followed at Lion Yard, which housed a relocated Central Library for the city, and the Grafton Centre which replaced Victorian housing stock which had fallen into disrepair in the Kite area of the city. Both of these projects met strong opposition at the time.

The city gained its second University in 1992 when Anglia Polytechnic became Anglia Polytechnic Universitymarker. Renamed Anglia Ruskin University in 2005, the institution has its origins in the Cambridge School of Art opened in 1858 by John Ruskin. The Open Universitymarker also has a presence in the city, with an office operating on Hills Road.

Despite having a university, Cambridge was not granted its city charter until 1951. Cambridge does not have a cathedral, traditionally a prerequisite for city status, instead falling within the Church of England Diocese of Elymarker.

Cambridge today

The market in the centre of Cambridge, with Great St Mary's Church in the background.
Cambridge is now one of East Anglia's major settlements, along with Norwichmarker, Ipswichmarker and Peterboroughmarker.

Many of the buildings in the centre are colleges affiliated to the University of Cambridgemarker, including King's Collegemarker and Magdalene Collegemarker. Colleges such as Trinity Collegemarker and St John's Collegemarker own significant land both in Cambridge and outside: Trinity is the landlord for the Cambridge Science Parkmarker, and also the port of Felixstowemarker; St John's is the landlord of St John's Innovation Centre next door to the Science Park, and many other buildings in the city centre.

Cambridge City Council plans to renew the area around the Corn Exchange concert hall, and plans for a permanent ice-skating rink are being considered after the success of a temporary one that has been on Parker's Piece every year for the past few years. New housing and developments have continued through the twenty-first century, with estates such as the CB1 and Accordia schemes near the station, and developments such as Clayfarm and Trumpington Meadows planned for the south of the city.


Cambridge and its surrounds are sometimes referred to as Silicon Fen, an allusion to Silicon Valleymarker, because of the density of high-tech businesses and technology incubators that have developed on science parks around the city. Many of these parks and buildings are owned or leased by university colleges, and the companies often have been spun out of the university. Such companies include Abcam, CSR, Acorn Computers (now ARM), CamSemi and Sinclair. Microsoft chose to locate its Microsoft Research UK offices in a University of Cambridge technology park, separate from the main Microsoft UK campus in Readingmarker. Cambridge was also the home of Pye, who made radios and televisions and also defence equipment. In later years Pye evolved into several other companies including TETRA radio equipment manufacturer Pye Telecommunications. Another major business is Marshall Aerospace located on the eastern edge of the city. The Cambridge Network keeps businesses in touch with each other.


Cambridge is about north-by-east of Londonmarker. The city is located in an area of level and relatively low-lying terrain just south of the Fensmarker, which varies between and above sea level. The River Cammarker flows through the city north from the village of Grantchestermarker. The name 'Cambridge' is derived from the river.

Like most cities, modern-day Cambridge has many suburbs and areas of high-density housing. The city centre of Cambridge is mostly commercial, historic buildings, and large green areas such as Jesus Green, Parker's Piecemarker and Midsummer Commonmarker. Many of the roads in the centre are pedestrianised.


The demography in Cambridge changes considerably in and out of University term times, so can be hard to measure.

In the 2001 Census held during University term, 89.44% of Cambridge residents identified themselves as white, compared with a national average of 92.12%. Within the University, 84% of undergraduates and 80% of post-graduates identify as white (including overseas students).

Cambridge has a much higher than average proportion of people in the highest paid professional, managerial or administrative jobs (32.6% vs. 23.5%) and a much lower than average proportion of manual workers (27.6% vs. 40.2%). In addition, a much higher than average proportion of people have a high level qualification (e.g. degree, Higher National Diploma, qualified doctor), (41.2% vs. 19.9%).

Historical population numbers

Historical population of Cambridge
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 10,087 11,108 14,142 20,917 24,453 27,815 26,361 30,078 35,363 36,983
Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001
Population 38,379 40,027 59,264 66,789 81,500 95,527 99,168 87,209 107,496 108,863
Census: Regional District 1801-1901Civil Parish 1911-1961District 1971-2001

Government and politics

Local government

Cambridge is a non-metropolitan district served by a city council. The City of Cambridge is one of five districts within the county of Cambridgeshire, and is bordered on all sides by the mainly rural South Cambridgeshiremarker district. Indeed, it is the only district in England to be entirely surrounded by another. The city council's headquarters are in the Guildhall, a large building in the market square. City councillors elect a mayor annually. Cambridge was granted a Royal Charter by King John in 1207, which permitted the appointment of a Mayor, although the first recorded Mayor, Harvey FitzEustace, served in 1213. Cambridge is also served by Cambridgeshire County Council.

For electoral purposes the city is divided into 14 wards: Abbey, Arburymarker, Castle, Cherry Hintonmarker, Coleridge, East Chesterton, King's Hedgesmarker, Market, Newnhammarker, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpingtonmarker, and West Chesterton.

The political composition of the city council is currently:

The Liberal Democrats have controlled the city council since 2000.


The parliamentarymarker constituency of Cambridgemarker covers most of the city. David Howarth (Liberal Democrat) was elected Member of Parliament (MP) at the 2005 general election, winning the seat from the sitting MP, Labour's Anne Campbell. One area of town, the Queen Edith's ward — lies in theSouth Cambridgeshiremarker constituency, whose MP is Andrew Lansley (Conservative), first elected in 1997. The city had previously elected a Labour MP from 1992 to 2005 and prior to this, usually elected a Conservative after the Second World War. However, the Conservatives came third in the last General Election and have seen their share of the vote fall over the past 20 years.

The Universitymarker used to have a seat in the House of Commons, Sir Isaac Newton being one of the most notable holders. The Cambridge University constituency was abolished under 1948 legislation, and ceased at the dissolution of Parliament for the 1950 general election, along with the other university constituencies.


Cambridge is a city with many transport connections as well as being one of the UK's eleven "Cycling Cities", a status given in 2008. There are regular trains to King's Cross and Liverpool Street in London as well as to Peterborough, Royston, King's Lynn, Norwich, Ipswich and Stansted Airport. Cambridge also has its own airport, Marshall Airport Cambridge UKmarker. The future Cambridgeshire Guided Busway will run through Cambridge city centre.


Cambridge's two universities, the collegiate University of Cambridgemarker and the local campus of Anglia Ruskin Universitymarker, serve around 30,000 students, by some estimates. Cambridge University estimated its 2007-8 student population at 17,662, and Anglia Ruskin reports 24,000 students across its two campuses (one of which is outside Cambridge, in Chelmsfordmarker) for the same period. State provision in the further education sector includes Hills Road Sixth Form Collegemarker, Long Road Sixth Form Collegemarker, and Cambridge Regional Collegemarker.

Both state and independent schools serve Cambridge pupils from nursery to secondary school age. State schools are administered by Cambridgeshire County Council, which maintains 251 schools in total, 35 of them in Cambridge city. Chesterton Community Collegemarker, the Parkside Federation (comprising Parkside Community Collegemarker and Coleridge Community Collegemarker, Manor Community Collegemarker, Netherhall Schoolmarker, and the Christian denominational St. Bede's Schoolmarker provide comprehensive secondary education. Many other pupils from the Cambridge area attend village colleges, an educational institution unique to Cambridgeshire, which serve as secondary schools during the day and adult education centres outside of school hours. Private schools in the city include The Perse Schoolmarker, The Perse School for Girlsmarker, St. Mary's School and The Leys Schoolmarker.




Cambridge played a unique role in the invention of modern football: the game's first set of rules were drawn up by members of the University in 1848. The Cambridge Rules were first played on Parker's Piecemarker and had a "defining influence on the 1863 Football Association rules."

The city is home to Cambridge United F.C., who played in the Football League at the Abbey Stadiummarker from 1970 to 2005, when they were relegated to Conference National. When relegation became inevitable the club was placed in administration with substantial debts, but it emerged from administration in time for the 2005–06 season. The club's biggest success came in the early 1990s, with two successive promotions, two successive FA Cup quarter-final appearances, a run to the Football League Cup quarter-finals, and reaching the brink of promotion to the new Premier League.

The city's other football club Cambridge City F.C. play in the Southern Football League Premier Division at the City Groundmarker in Chestertonmarker. Histonmarker, just north of Cambridge, is home to Conference National side Histon F.C..


Cambridge's most successful sports team over recent years is rugby union club Cambridge R.U.F.C.. After three successive promotions they managed to survive their debut season in National Division Two 2006–07. The club's home ground is at West Renault Parkmarker on Granchester Road in the southwest corner of the city. Cambridge Eagles rugby league team play in the National Conference League East Section during the summer months, often drawing on rugby union players keen to continue playing rugby throughout the year.


The River Cam running through the city centre is used for boating. The University has its own rowing club, Cambridge University Boat Club, and most of the individual colleges have boathouses on the river. The main focus of university rowing life are the two bumps races held in the Lent and Summer terms. Cambridgeshire Rowing Association was formed in 1868 and organises competitive rowing on the river outside of the University. Shallower parts of the Cam are used for recreational punting, a type of boating in which the craft is propelled by pushing against the river bed with a pole.

Other sports

As well as being the home of the Cambridge Rules in football, Parker's Piece was used for first-class cricket matches from 1817 to 1864. The University of Cambridge's Cricket ground, Fenner'smarker, is located in the city and is one of the home grounds for minor counties team Cambridgeshire CCC. Cambridge is also home to two Real Tennis courts out of just 42 in the world at Cambridge University Real Tennis Club. British American Football League club Cambridgeshire Cats play at Coldham's Common. Cambridge has two cycling clubs Team Cambridge and Cambridge Cycling Club.

Motorcycle speedway racing took place at the Greyhound Stadium in Newmarket Roadmarker in 1939 and the contemporary local press carried meeting reports and photographs of racing. It is not known if this venue operated in other years. The team raced as Newmarket as the meetings were organised by the Newmarket Motorcycle Club.

Varsity sports

Cambridge is also known for its universitymarker sporting events against Oxfordmarker, especially the rugby union Varsity Match and the Boat Race. These are followed by people across the globe, many of whom have no connection to the institutions themselves.


Cambridge's main traditional theatre is the Arts Theatremarker, a venue with 666 seats in the town centre. The theatre often has touring shows, as well as those by local companies. The largest venue in the city to regular hold theatrical performances is the Cambridge Corn Exchangemarker - capacity 1800 standing or 1200 seated. Housed within the city's 19th century former corn exchange building the venue was used for a variety of additional functions throughout the 20th century including tea parties, motor shows, sports matches and a music venue with temporary stage. The City Council renovated the building in the 1980s, turning it into a full-time arts venue, hosting theatre, dance and music performances.

The newest theatre venue in Cambridge is the 220-seat J2, also known as The Shed, part of the Junction complex in Cambridge Leisure Park. The venue was opened in 2004 and hosts live music, comedy and night clubs as well as traditional and contemporary theatre and dance.

The ADC Theatremarker is managed by the University of Cambridge, and typically has 3 shows a week during term time. The Mumford Theatre is part of Anglia Ruskin Universitymarker, and hosts shows by both student and non student groups. There are also a number of venues within the colleges.

Cambridge in literature and film

  • Tom Sharpe is also a Cambridge-based author who has written fictional accounts of teaching at Cambridge Technical College (now Anglia Ruskin Universitymarker) and of Cambridge college life. His fictional "Porterhouse College" appears in many of his novels.

  • Susanna Gregory wrote a series of novels set in 14th century Cambridge and featuring a teacher of medicine and sleuth named Matthew Bartholomew.

  • Douglas Adams lived for many years in Cambridge, and parts of his novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency are set in the city. The novel was partially reworked from his unbroadcast Doctor Who serial Shada, which also included scenes in Cambridge. The television serial Shada was filmed in Cambridge, but was never finished due to strike action.

  • Sylvia Plath, who studied at the University of Cambridge, wrote a number of short stories with a Cambridge setting which are published in the collection Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams.

  • Rebecca Stott's Ghostwalk (2007) is set in the Cambridge of today and of Sir Isaac Newton's time.

  • Robert Harris's "Enigma" was partly set in Cambridge, when the leading character, Thomas Jericho, was sent to King's College to recover from a nervous breakdown. Much of the story describes the centre and west of Cambridge in much detail. The story itself was set in the middle of world war two. The rest of the story was set in Bletchley Park.

  • The BBC building in Cambridge is called Betjeman House, after the late poet laureate John Betjeman.

  • The Night Climbers of Cambridge is a book written under the pseudonym "Whipplesnaith" about nocturnal climbing on the Colleges and town buildings of Cambridge in the 1930s.


Popular music

Most notable of the bands that formed in Cambridge are Pink Floyd, the band's former songwriter guitarist and vocalist Syd Barrett was born and lived in the city. He and other founder member Roger Waters went to school together at Cambridgeshire High School for Boysmarker and David Gilmour was also a Cambridge resident and attended the nearby Perse Schoolmarker. Other bands who formed in Cambridge include Henry Cow, Katrina and the Waves, The Soft Boys, Ezio, Horace X
and The Broken Family Band. Solo artists Boo Hewerdine and Robyn Hitchcock are from Cambridge, as are Drum and bass artists (and brothers) Nu:Tone and  Logistics. Singer Olivia Newton-John and Matthew Bellamy, lead singer of rock band Muse, were born in the city. Singer-songwriter Nick Drake and Manchestermarker music mogul Tony Wilson, the founder of Factory Records, were both educated at the University of Cambridge.

Festivals and events

Cambridge Film Festival
  • Midsummer Fairmarker is one of the oldest fairs in the UK and at one point was possibly the largest medieval fair in Europe. Today it exists primarily as an annual funfair with the vestige of a market attached.
  • Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the largest festivals of folk music in the UK
  • Strawberry Fairmarker is a free music and children's fair, with a series of market stalls. It is held the first Saturday in June on Midsummer Commonmarker.
  • Cambridge Beer Festivalmarker started in 1974, is the second largest outside London and takes place on Jesus Green for one week in May every year. 90,000 pints of beer and a tonne of cheese were served in 2009.
  • The Cambridge Film Festival is considered to be one of the nation's best. Formerly held annually in July, it was moved in 2008 to September to avoid a clash with the rescheduled Edinburgh Film Festival.

Public services

Cambridge is served by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with several smaller medical centres around the city and a general hospital at Addenbrookesmarker. Addenbrookes is a learning and teaching hospital, one of the largest in the United Kingdom, and functions as a centre for medical research. The East of England Ambulance Service covers the city and has an ambulance station on Hills Road. The smaller Brookfields Hospital is located on Mill Road. Cambridgeshire Constabulary provide the city's policing; the major police station is at Parksidemarker, adjacent to the city's fire station, which is operated by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue.

Cambridge Water supplies water services to the city,, while Anglian Water provides sewerage services. Cambridge is part of the East of England region, for which the distribution network operator is EDF Energy. The city has no power stations, though a five-metre wind turbine, part of a Cambridge Regional Collegemarker development, can be seen in King's Hedgesmarker.

The city's Central Library is located in the Grand Arcade and reopened on 29 September 2009, after having been closed for refurbishment for 33 months, more than twice as long as was forecast when the library closed for redevelopment in January 2007.


Cambridge has a number of churches, some of which form a significant part of the city's architectural landscape. A Cambridge-based family and youth organisation, Romsey Millmarker, had its centre re-dedicated in 2007 by the Archbishop of York, and is quoted as an example of best practice in a study into social inclusion by the East of England Regional Assembly. Cambridge is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Angliamarker.

Cambridge has two synagogues: an Orthodox synagogue and Jewish student centre on Thompson's Lane, operated by the Cambridge University Jewish Society, and a Reform synagogue Beth Shalom which meets at a local school. The Abu Bakr Jamia Islamic Centre on Mawson Road serves the city's community of around 4,000 Muslims until a planned new mosque is built. A Buddhist centre was opened in the former Barnwell Theatre on Newmarket Road in 1998. In 2005 local Hindus began fundraising to build a shrine at the Bharat Bhavan Indian cultural centre off Mill Roadmarker, where Hindu and Hare Krishna groups conduct worship. Cambridge also has a number of secular groups, such as the Cambridge Humanists.


Great St Mary's Churchmarker has the status of being the "University Church". Many of the University colleges contain chapels that hold services according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England, while the chapel of St Edmund's Collegemarker is Roman Catholic. The city also has a number of theological colleges for training clergy for ordination into a number of denominations, with affiliations to both the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University. The University of Cambridge is also home to the evangelical Christian organisation Cambridge Intercollegiate Christian Union.

Twinned cities

Cambridge is twinned with two cities. Like Cambridge, both have universities and are also similar in population.

See also

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  1. St Bene't's Church.
  9. Office For National Statistics 2001 Census (Ethnic group, Cambridge local authority)
  10. University of Cambridge Fact Sheet: Ethnicity, retrieved 17 January 2008
  11. ONS 2001 Census (Approximated Social Grade - Workplace Population, Cambridge local authority)
  12. ONS 2001 Census (Qualifications, Cambridge local authority)
  13. Cambridge City Council: Council buildings information: Guildhall information
  14. Election maps - Ordnance Survey
  15. List of first-class matches on Parker's Piece
  16. Cambridge University Real Tennis Club
  17. Team Cambridge
  18. Cambridge CC
  19. Cambridge Arts Theatre Website
  21. EERA social inclusion policy, ch. 3
  22. Mosque site hunt is over, Cambridge Evening News 6 May 2008
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  24. "Shrine Appeal by Hindu Group", Cambridge Evening News, 19 October 2005 retrieved 9 August 2008
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