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Cambridgeshire – Birthplace to Oliver Cromwell
The County has some of the earliest known Neolithic settlements in the United Kingdom, with many archaeological finds located in Isleham dating back to the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.
According to the records, Cambridgeshire was first settled by the English in the 6th century, but fell into the hands of the Danes in the 9th century. Edward managed to remove the Danes by the 10th century, but they returned in the 11th century and burnt Cambridge during the battles that followed. Shortly afterwards came the Norman Conquest and further changes within the County.
Cambridgeshire has a history of agriculture and by the 14th century had a growing wool industry, but as a result of the Black Death in 1349 and the affect of the War of the Roses, the County made a plea of poverty in 1439 (to obtain a remission of tax). However, a century later saw a recovery of the economy.
Many famous people are connected to the County, with perhaps Oliver Cromwell being the most well known of these. Cromwell was born in Huntingdon in April 1599.
Reasons to visit Cambridgeshire
There are many interesting places to visit in Cambridgeshire that reflect its ancient and more modern history, such as Buckden Towers (12th century fortified manor house), Devil’s Dyke (an Anglo-Saxon earthwork), Imperial War Museum in Duxford (Britain’s largest aviation museum), Ely Cathedral, Hinchingbrooke House, Kimbolton Castle, Nene Valley Railway, Peterborough Cathedral and many other areas worth seeing.
Entertainment and Dining in Cambridgeshire
As you would expect from an area that contains a famous university, there are a number of theatres, including cinemas, plenty of nightclubs and no shortage of pubs. There is a very wide selection of eating places that offer many different cuisines, such as the Hakka Chinese Restaurant in Cambridge, La Margherita (Italian) and Midsummer House (British), also in Cambridge.
Accommodation in Cambridgeshire
There are many Guest Houses and B&Bs offering reasonable rates, and camping sites can be found in the area. Hotels in Cambridge include The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Premier Inn and Doubletree by Hilton.