The city of Cambridge is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire. It lies in East Anglia app 50m/80km north-by-east of London. Settlements have existed around the Cambridge area since before the Roman Empire. The earliest clear evidence of occupation is the remains of a 3,500yr old farmstead. In 1209, students escaping from hostile townspeople in Oxford fled to Cambridge and formed a university there. One of the most well-known buildings in Cambridge, King’s College Chapel, was begun in 1446 by King Henry VI. The project was completed in 1515 during the reign of King Henry VIII.
St Benet’s Church is one of the oldest building in Cambridge dating back to 1025.
Cambridge is now one of East Anglia’s major settlements, along with Norwich, Colchester, Ipswich and Peterborough. Many of the buildings in the centre are colleges affiliated to the University of Cambridge. 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 21st century.
Appreciations to Christine & KV, Caroline & John for a very delightful quint day.
Today Cambridge was named the best QS world university rankings and it is the first time in 7yrs that Harvard /USA has been beaten into second place – London Evening Standard 8 Sep 2010.