Cambridgeshire Hereward the Wake and Airfields
Cambridgeshire located in the East of England is rich in history and has some of the earliest known Neolithic permanent settlements in the United Kingdom. Large quantities of archaeological finds from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age were made in East Cambridgeshire, several in and around Isleham. The romans also settled here Godmanchester was the site of the roman town Durogivutum.
Cambridgeshire was recorded in the Domesday Book as Grantbridgeshire or rather Grentebrigescire the river Granta. This flat agricultural fenland county is bisected by the river Ouse.
The Cambridgeshire fenlands were made famous by the Outlaw and Rebel Hereward the Wake who chose Ely for his stronghold which in those days was an island form here he conducted a guerrilla war against the Norman Conquerors. Ely cathedral is one of the most unique cathedrals in England with its amazing Lantern tower, this beautiful structure can be seen for miles around due to the flat low lying countryside.
The area known as East Anglia that includes Cambridgeshire was the location of many Second World War airfields. Due to the flat terrain and closeness to Europe, many airfields were built for RAF Bomber Command, RAF Fighter Command, and the USAAF. The American Cemetery and Memorial to the brave aircrews is located in Madingley.
Cambridgeshire is full of interest for the traveller and there are many towns and places worth visiting.
The City of Cambridge is one of the top ten most visited cities in England. Other interesting destinations include Ely, The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Flag Fen, Fowlmere RSPB reserve, Grafham Water Nature Reserve, Hinchingbrooke House, Houghton Mill National Trust, The Icknield Way and the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.
People from Cambridgeshire are sometimes called ‘Cambridgeshire Camel' or 'Cambridgeshire Crane', referring to the wildfowl which were once abundant.
The poet Rupert Brooke 1887 – 1915 immortalised the county with his poem Grantchester.
Towns in Cambridgeshire
Activities in Cambridgeshire
Fitzwilliam Museum - The Fitzwilliam Museum
Oliver Cromwells House - Museum Dedicated to Oliver Cromwell
Wicken Fen - Wicken Fen
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