Welcome to Cambridge, one of England’s top ranking academic cities with a long history dating back to Roman times.
The City of Cambridge has a population of about 124,000, is home to thirty one university colleges and is located on the banks of the River Cam. The City has connections with many famous people, is well endowed with museums, theatres and art galleries and is conveniently situated about sixty miles ( 96 km) north of London in East Anglia.
→History: In Roman times there was a settlement named Duroliponte. By the time of the Doomsday Book in 1086 the name was Cantebrigie or ‘Bridge on the River Granta’. Due to Norman influences, the river name was changed to Cam.
→University: There are thirty one colleges affiliated to Cambridge University many of which were established in medieval times with the oldest established in the late 13th century. These colleges are: Christ’s College, Churchill College, Clare College, Clare Hall, Corpus Christie, Darwin College, Downing College, Emmanuel College, Fitzwilliam College, Girton College, Gonville and Caius College, Homerton College, Hughes Hall, Jesus College, King’s College, Lucy Cavendish College, Magdelene College, Murray Edwards College, Newnham College, Pembroke College, Peterhouse ( est. 1284), Queen’s College, Robinson College, St. Catharine’s College, St. Edmund’s College, St. John’s College, Selwyn College, Sidney Sussex College, Trinity College, Trinity Hall and Wolfson College. Cambridge University has produced about eighty five Nobel Prize winners.
→Famous People: Past students/graduates include: Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Sir Francis Drake, Thomas Cranmer, John Harvard, Robert Malthus, Maynard Keynes, Sir Frank Whittle, William Wordsworth, William Wilberforce, Oliver Cromwell, Ernest Rutherford, J.B. Priestly, Stephen Hawking. James D. Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA in 1953 at Cambridge’s Medical Research Council.
→Museums and Art Galleries: Cambridge is well endowed with these facilities which include: Whipple Museum (science), Sedgwick Museum of Geology, Cambridge and County Folk Museum, Museum of Classical Archaeology, University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Museum of Zoology, Scott Polar Research Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum (antiquities, paintings, etc.), Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs, Wren Library and Kettles Yard ( paintings, sculpture, etc.).
→Entertainment: A wide array of facilities which include: Arts Theatre ( drama, opera, ballet, etc.), ADC Theatre (amateur drama), Mumford Theatre (theatre, dance and films), Vue Cinemas, Corn Exchange (mixed entertainment programme), The Junction ( bands and cabaret), Cambridge Arts Picture House, and Cineworld.
→Botanic Garden: Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
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