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Cambridge, England

Cambridge, city (district), administrative and historic county of Cambridgeshire, England, home of the internationally known University of Cambridge. The city lies immediately south of the Fens country (a flat alluvial region only slightly above sea level) and is itself only 20 to 80 feet (6 to 24 metres) above sea level. Most of the city is built on the east bank of the River Cam, a tributary of the Ouse. Suburbs extend across the river, but modern development to the west has been largely restricted to university expansion.

Originally a fording place, Cambridge possesses earthworks, including Castle Hill, and Roman remains. Later there was another settlement at Market Hill. Two monastic foundations date from the 11th and 12th centuries, respectively—Barnwell Priory and a Benedictine nunnery, replaced in 1496 by Jesus College.

Cambridge received its first charter in 1207; the uninterrupted existence of public officers in the city since the Middle Ages is noteworthy...

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  • News 1441 - The foundation stone of King's College, Cambridge, was laid by Henry VI in April.

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  • News 1446 - St Bernard's College was founded. It later became Queen's college.

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  • News 1534 - Cambridge University Press was given a Royal Charter by Henry VIII. It published its first book in 1584 and is today the oldest publishing and printing house in the world.

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  • News 1630 - There was a severe outbreak of the plague in Cambridge

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  • News 1653 - A stagecoach connected Cambridge to London.

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  • News 1669 - Isaac Newton was appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, in October.

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  • News 1705 - April 16 - Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge

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    April 16, 1705

  • News 1727 - September 8 - A barn fire during a puppet show in the village of Burwell in Cambridgeshire, England kills 78 people, many of whom are children.

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    September 8, 1727

  • News 1744 - The city's first newspaper, "The Cambridge Journal", was founded.

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  • News 1780 - The first bank in Cambridge opened.

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  • News 1823 - Gas street lighting was introduced in Cambridge.

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  • News 1893 - Electricity was first generated in Cambridge.

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    Cambridge, or Cambridgeshire, kāme'brij-shir, an inland county of England, in its E. part, having N. Lincolnshire, E. Norfolk and Suffolk, S. Essex...Read MORE...


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  • News  1441 - The foundation stone of King's College, Cambridge, was laid by Henry VI in April.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1446 - St Bernard's College was founded. It later became Queen's college.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1534 - Cambridge University Press was given a Royal Charter by Henry VIII. It published its first book in 1584 and is today the oldest publishing and printing house in the world.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1630 - There was a severe outbreak of the plague in Cambridge

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1653 - A stagecoach connected Cambridge to London.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1669 - Isaac Newton was appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, in October.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1705 - April 16 - Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge

    www.onthisday.com
    April 16, 1705
  • News  1727 - September 8 - A barn fire during a puppet show in the village of Burwell in Cambridgeshire, England kills 78 people, many of whom are children.

    onthisday.com
    September 8, 1727
  • News  1744 - The city's first newspaper, "The Cambridge Journal", was founded.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1780 - The first bank in Cambridge opened.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1823 - Gas street lighting was introduced in Cambridge.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • News  1893 - Electricity was first generated in Cambridge.

    http://www.visitoruk.com
  • 1895 - Cambridge
    Cambridge, or Cambridgeshire, kāme'brij-shir, an inland county of England, in its E. part, having N. Lincolnshire, E. Norfolk and Suffolk, S. Essex... Read MORE...

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