Place:Cambridgeshire, England

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NameCambridgeshire
Alt namesCAMsource: Chapman County Code (GENUKI)
Cambssource: post office abbreviation
Cambridgesource: Family History Library Catalog
Grentebrigesciresource: Domesday Book
TypeHistoric county, Administrative county, Modern county
Coordinates52.5°N 0.167°E
Located inEngland
See alsoIsle of Ely, Englandseparate administration from Cambridgeshire 1889-1965
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, Englandadministration formed from the Isle of Ely and the original Cambridgeshire 1965-1974
Huntingdon and Peterborough, Englandcounty with which Cambridgeshire merged in 1972 under the name Cambridgeshire
Contained Places
Administrative county
Isle of Ely ( 1974 - )
Borough (county)
Peterborough ( 1974 - present )
Borough (municipal)
Cambridge
Huntingdon and Godmanchester ( 1974 - )
Huntingdon ( 1974 - )
St. Ives ( 1974 - )
Cathedral city
Peterborough ( 1974 - present )
Chapelry
Benwick ( 1974 - )
Manea ( 1974 - )
Manea ( - 1889 )
Parson Drove ( 1974 - )
Wimblington ( 1974 - )
Wimblington ( 1974 - )
Wisbech St. Mary ( 1974 - )
Civil parish
Abbotsley ( 1974 - )
Abington Pigotts
Ailsworth ( 1974 - present )
Alconbury Weston ( 1974 - )
Alconbury ( 1974 - )
Alwalton ( 1974 - )
Ashley
Bainton ( 1974 - present )
Barham ( 1974 - )
Barnack ( 1974 - present )
Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth ( 1966 - )
Bassingbourn
Benwick ( 1974 - )
Bluntisham ( 1974 - )
Borough Fen ( 1974 - present )
Brampton ( 1974 - )
Broughton ( 1974 - )
Buckden ( 1974 - )
Buckworth ( 1974 - )
Bury ( 1974 - )
Bythorn ( 1974 - )
Caldecote ( 1974 - )
Cambridge All Saints ( - 1900 )
Cambridge Holy Sepulchre ( - 1900 )
Cambridge Holy Trinity ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Andrew the Great ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Andrew the Less ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Benedict ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Botolph ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Clement ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Edward ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Giles ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Mary the Great ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Mary the Less ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Michael ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Peter ( - 1900 )
Cambridge Without ( - 1923 )
Cambridge
Castor ( 1974 - present )
Catworth ( 1974 - )
Chesterton ( - 1923 )
Chesterton ( 1974 - )
Conington ( 1974 - )
Coppingford ( 1974 - )
Coveney ( 1974 - )
Croydon
Deeping Gate ( 1974 - )
Denton and Caldecote ( 1974 - )
Denton ( 1974 - )
Diddington ( 1974 - )
Doddington ( 1974 - )
Doddington ( - 1889 )
Downham ( 1974 - )
Duxford
Earith ( 1974 - )
East Hatley ( - 1957 )
Eaton Socon ( 1974 - )
Ellington ( 1974 - )
Elm ( 1974 - )
Elton ( 1974 - )
Etton ( 1974 - )
Eye ( 1974 - )
Eynesbury Hardwicke ( 1974 - 2010 )
Farcet ( 1974 - )
Fletton ( 1974 - )
Folksworth and Washingley ( 1974 - )
Folksworth ( 1974 - )
Glatton ( 1974 - )
Glinton ( 1974 - )
Grafham ( 1974 - )
Graveley ( 1974 - )
Great Gidding ( 1974 - )
Great Paxton ( 1974 - )
Great Raveley ( 1974 - )
Great Staughton ( 1974 - )
Great Stukeley ( 1974 - )
Great and Little Chishill ( - 1968 )
Grunty Fen ( 1974 - )
Grunty Fen ( - 1889 )
Guilden Morden
Gunthorpe ( 1974 - )
Haddenham ( 1974 - )
Haddenham ( - 1889 )
Haddon ( 1974 - )
Hail Weston ( 1974 - )
Hatley St. George ( - 1957 )
Hatley ( 1957 - )
Helpston ( 1974 - )
Hemingford Abbots ( 1974 - )
Hemingford Grey ( 1974 - )
Hilton ( 1974 - )
Hinxton
Holywell cum Needingworth ( 1974 - )
Houghton and Wyton ( 1974 - )
Ickleton
Keyston ( 1974 - )
Kimbolton ( 1974 - )
Kneesworth
Leighton ( 1974 - )
Leverington ( 1974 - )
Litlington
Little Gidding ( 1974 - )
Little Paxton ( 1974 - )
Little Raveley ( 1974 - )
Little Stukeley ( 1974 - )
Littleport ( 1974 - )
Littleport ( 1974 - )
Longthorpe ( 1974 - )
Manea ( 1974 - )
Manea ( - 1889 )
Marholm ( 1974 - )
Maxey ( 1974 - )
Melbourn
Meldreth
Mepal ( - 1889 )
Midloe ( 1974 - )
Newborough ( 1974 - )
Newton (near Wisbech) ( 1974 - )
North Royston ( - 1896 )
Northborough ( 1974 - )
Offord Cluny ( 1974 - )
Offord Darcy ( 1974 - )
Old Hurst ( 1974 - )
Old Weston ( 1974 - )
Outwell ( 1974 - )
Outwell ( 1974 - )
Papworth Everard
Papworth St. Agnes
Parson Drove ( 1974 - )
Paston ( 1974 - )
Peakirk ( 1974 - )
Peterborough Without ( 1974 - )
Pidley cum Fenton ( 1974 - )
Ramsey ( 1974 - )
Royston ( - 1989 )
Sawston
Sawtry ( 1974 - )
Shingay cum Wendy ( 1965 - )
Shingay
Sibson cum Stibbington ( 1974 - )
Silverley
South Bassingbourn ( - 1896 )
South Kneesworth ( - 1896 )
South Melbourn ( - 1896 )
Southoe and Midloe ( 1974 - )
Southoe ( 1974 - )
Southorpe ( 1974 - present )
Spaldwick ( 1974 - )
Stamford Baron St. Martin's Without ( 1974 - present )
Stanground North ( 1974 - )
Stanground South ( 1974 - )
Steeple Gidding ( 1974 - )
Steeple Morden
Stilton ( 1974 - )
Stow Longa ( 1974 - )
Stow cum Quy
Stretham ( 1974 - )
Stretham ( - 1889 )
Sutton in the Isle ( 1974 - )
Sutton ( 1974 - )
Tadlow
Tetworth ( 1974 - )
The Offords ( 1974 - )
The Stukeleys ( 1974 - )
Thetford ( 1974 - )
Thetford ( - 1889 )
Thorney ( 1974 - )
Tilbrook ( 1974 - present )
Toseland ( 1974 - )
Tydd St. Giles ( 1974 - )
Tydd St. Giles ( 1974 - )
Ufford ( 1974 - present )
Upton (near Castor) ( 1974 - )
Upton and Coppingford ( 1974 - )
Upwell ( - 1889 )
Walton ( 1974 - )
Wansford ( 1974 - present )
Waresley ( 1974 - )
Washingley ( 1974 - )
Welches Dam ( 1974 - )
Welches Dam ( - 1889 )
Welney ( 1889 - )
Wendy
Wentworth ( 1974 - )
Wentworth ( - 1889 )
Werrington ( 1974 - )
Whaddon
Whittlesford
Wilburton ( 1974 - )
Wilburton ( - 1889 )
Wimblington ( 1974 - )
Wimblington ( 1974 - )
Winwick ( 1974 - )
Wisbech St. Mary ( 1974 - )
Wistow ( 1974 - )
Witcham ( 1974 - )
Witchford ( 1974 - )
Wittering ( 1974 - present )
Woodston ( 1974 - )
Woolley ( 1974 - )
Wothorpe ( 1974 - present )
Wyton ( 1974 - )
Yaxley ( 1974 - )
Yelling ( 1974 - )
District municipality
City of Cambridge District ( 1974 - )
East Cambridgeshire District ( 1974 - )
Fenland District ( 1974 - )
Huntingdonshire District ( 1974 - )
South Cambridgeshire District ( 1974 - )
Extra parochial area
Grunty Fen ( 1974 - )
Grunty Fen ( - 1889 )
Welches Dam ( 1974 - )
Welches Dam ( - 1889 )
Hamlet
Caldecote ( 1974 - )
Deeping Gate ( 1974 - )
Denton ( 1974 - )
Gunthorpe ( 1974 - )
Kneesworth
Marholm ( 1974 - )
Steeple Gidding ( 1974 - )
Upton (near Castor) ( 1974 - )
Walton ( 1974 - )
Washingley ( 1974 - )
Woolley ( 1974 - )
Hundred
Armingford Hundred
Chesterton Hundred
Cheveley Hundred
Chilford Hundred
Ely Hundred ( 1974 - )
Flendish Hundred
Longstow Hundred
North Witchford Hundred ( 1974 - )
Northstow Hundred
Papworth Hundred
Radfield Hundred
South Witchford Hundred ( 1974 - )
Staine Hundred
Staploe Hundred
Thriplow Hundred
Wetherley Hundred
Wisbech Hundred ( 1974 - )
Wittlesford Hundred
Inhabited place
Abbots Ripton ( 1974 - )
Abbotsley ( 1974 - )
Abington
Alconbury Weston ( 1974 - )
Alconbury ( 1974 - )
Alwalton ( 1974 - )
Arrington
Ashley cum Silverley
Balsham
Bar Hill
Barham ( 1974 - )
Bluntisham ( 1974 - )
Bottisham
Bourn
Boxworth
Brampton ( 1974 - )
Brington ( 1974 - )
Brinkley
Broughton ( 1974 - )
Buckden ( 1974 - )
Buckworth ( 1974 - )
Burwell
Bury ( 1974 - )
Bythorn ( 1974 - )
Caldecote (near Cambourne)
Cambourne
Cambridge
Carlton
Caxton
Chatteris
Chesterton ( 1974 - )
Cheveley
Chippenham
Coates
Coldham
Colne ( 1974 - )
Comberton
Conington (South Cambridgeshire)
Conington ( 1974 - )
Coppingford ( 1974 - )
Coton
Cottenham
Covington ( 1974 - )
Diddington ( 1974 - )
Dillington
Dry Drayton
Dullingham
Earith ( 1974 - )
East Perry
Easton ( 1974 - )
Eastrea
Eaton Ford ( 1974 - )
Ellington ( 1974 - )
Eltisley
Elton ( 1974 - )
Ely ( - 1889 )
Etton ( 1974 - )
Eye
Eye ( 1974 - )
Eynesbury ( 1974 - )
Farcet ( 1974 - )
Fenstanton ( 1974 - )
Fletton ( 1974 - )
Folksworth ( 1974 - )
Fordham
Fowlmere
Foxton
Fulbourn
Gamlingay
Girton
Glatton ( 1974 - )
Glinton ( 1974 - )
Grafham ( 1974 - )
Grantchester
Graveley ( 1974 - )
Great Eversden
Great Gidding ( 1974 - )
Great Gransden ( 1974 - )
Great Paxton ( 1974 - )
Great Raveley ( 1974 - )
Great Shelford
Great Staughton ( 1974 - )
Great Stukeley ( 1974 - )
Great Wilbraham
Guyhirn
Haddon ( 1974 - )
Hail Weston ( 1974 - )
Hamerton ( 1974 - )
Hardwick
Harston
Hartford ( 1974 - )
Helpston ( 1974 - )
Hemingford Abbots ( 1974 - )
Hemingford Grey ( 1974 - )
Hilton ( 1974 - )
Histon
Holme ( 1974 - )
Horningsea
Horseheath
Houghton ( 1974 - )
Hunstanton
Huntingdon ( 1974 - )
Impington
Isleham
Keyston ( 1974 - )
Kimbolton ( 1974 - )
Kings Ripton ( 1974 - )
Kirtling
Landbeach
Linton
Little Eversden
Little Gransden
Little Paxton ( 1974 - )
Little Raveley ( 1974 - )
Little Shelford
Little Stukeley ( 1974 - )
Little Wilbraham
Lode
Longstanton
Longthorpe ( 1974 - )
Madingley
March ( 1974 - )
Marholm
Maxey
Maxey ( 1974 - )
Midloe ( 1974 - )
Milton
Molesworth ( 1974 - )
Morborne ( 1974 - )
Newnham
Norman Cross ( 1974 - )
Northborough
Northborough ( 1974 - )
Odsey
Offord Cluny ( 1974 - )
Offord Darcy ( 1974 - )
Old Hurst ( 1974 - )
Old Weston ( 1974 - )
Orton Longueville ( 1974 - )
Orton Waterville ( 1974 - )
Orwell
Over
Peakirk ( 1974 - )
Perry ( 1974 - )
Rampton
Ramsey ( 1974 - )
Reach
Shepreth
Soham
Somersham ( 1974 - )
Southoe ( 1974 - )
Spaldwick ( 1974 - )
St. Ives ( 1974 - )
St. Neots ( 1974 - )
Stapleford
Stilton ( 1974 - )
Stow Longa ( 1974 - )
Stuntney
Sutton Gault
Swaffham Prior
Swavesey
Tetworth ( 1974 - )
Teversham
The Deepings
Toseland ( 1974 - )
Trumpington
Upend
Upton ( 1974 - )
Upwell
Upwood ( 1974 - )
Warboys ( 1974 - )
Waresley ( 1974 - )
Water Newton ( 1974 - )
Waterbeach
Wennington
Werrington ( 1974 - )
West Perry
Westwick
Whittlesey ( 1974 - )
Wicken
Willingham
Wimpole
Winwick ( 1974 - )
Wisbech ( 1974 - )
Wistow ( 1974 - )
Woodditton
Woodhurst ( 1974 - )
Woodwalton ( 1974 - )
Wyton ( 1974 - )
Yaxley ( 1974 - )
Yelling ( 1974 - )
Locality
The Offords ( 1974 - )
Parish
Ailsworth ( 1974 - present )
Ashton by Bainton ( 1965 - )
Bainton ( 1974 - present )
Barnack ( 1974 - present )
Borough Fen ( 1974 - present )
Castor ( 1974 - present )
Great Chishill ( 1895 - )
Holywell cum Needingworth ( 1974 - )
Newborough ( 1974 - )
Ramsey St Mary ( 1974 - )
Southorpe ( 1974 - present )
Stamford Baron St. Martin's Without ( 1974 - present )
Thornhaugh ( 1974 - present )
Ufford ( 1974 - present )
Wansford ( 1974 - present )
Wittering ( 1974 - present )
Wothorpe ( 1974 - present )
Parish (ancient)
Abington Pigotts
Ashley
Bassingbourn
Cambridge All Saints ( - 1900 )
Cambridge Holy Sepulchre ( - 1900 )
Cambridge Holy Trinity ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Andrew the Great ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Andrew the Less ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Benedict ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Botolph ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Clement ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Edward ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Giles ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Mary the Great ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Mary the Less ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Michael ( - 1900 )
Cambridge St. Peter ( - 1900 )
Chesterton ( - 1923 )
Coveney ( 1974 - )
Croydon
Doddington ( 1974 - )
Doddington ( - 1889 )
Downham ( 1974 - )
Duxford St. John ( - 1874 )
Duxford St. Peter ( - 1874 )
East Hatley ( - 1957 )
Eaton Socon ( 1974 - )
Elm ( 1974 - )
Guilden Morden
Haddenham ( 1974 - )
Haddenham ( - 1889 )
Hatley St. George ( - 1957 )
Hinxton
Ickleton
Leverington ( 1974 - )
Litlington
Littleport ( 1974 - )
Littleport ( 1974 - )
Melbourn
Meldreth
Mepal ( - 1889 )
Newton (near Wisbech) ( 1974 - )
Papworth Everard
Papworth St. Agnes
Royston ( - 1989 )
Sawston
Shingay
Silverley
Steeple Morden
Stow cum Quy
Stretham ( 1974 - )
Stretham ( - 1889 )
Sutton in the Isle ( 1974 - )
Tadlow
Thetford ( 1974 - )
Thetford ( - 1889 )
Thorney ( 1974 - )
Tilbrook ( 1974 - present )
Tydd St. Giles ( 1974 - )
Tydd St. Giles ( 1974 - )
Upwell ( - 1889 )
Welney ( 1889 - )
Wendy
Wentworth ( 1974 - )
Wentworth ( - 1889 )
Whaddon
Whittlesford
Wilburton ( 1974 - )
Wilburton ( - 1889 )
Witcham ( 1974 - )
Witchford ( 1974 - )
Parochial area
Royston ( - 1989 )
Registration district
Cambridge Registration District (early) ( 1837 - 1935 )
Cambridge Registration District (late) ( 1974 - 2007 )
Cambridgeshire Registration District (early) ( 1935 - 1974 )
Cambridgeshire Registration District (late) ( 2007 - )
Caxton Registration District ( 1837 - 1935 )
Chesterton Registration District ( 1837 - 1935 )
Ely Registration District ( 1837 - 2007 )
Fenland Registration District ( 1980 - 2007 )
Huntingdon Registration District ( 1974 - 2007 )
Linton Registration District ( 1837 - 1935 )
March Registration District ( 1938 - 1980 )
Newmarket Registration District ( 1837 - 1935 )
North Witchford Registration District ( 1837 - 1938 )
Peterborough Registration District (early) ( 1837 - 1935 )
Peterborough Registration District (late) ( 1974 - )
Whittlesey Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Wisbech Registration District ( 1837 - 1980 )
Rural district
Caxton and Arrington Rural ( 1894 - 1934 )
Chesterton Rural ( 1894 - 1965 )
Linton Rural ( 1894 - 1934 )
Melbourn Rural ( 1894 - 1934 )
Newmarket Rural ( 1894 - 1965 )
Royston Rural ( 1894 - 1896 )
South Cambridgeshire Rural ( 1934 - 1965 )
Swavesey Rural ( 1894 - 1934 )
Thorney Rural ( 1974 - )
Welney Rural ( 1894 - 1895 )
Wisbech Rural ( 1974 - )
Suburb
Barnwell
Eaton Ford ( 1974 - )
Fletton ( 1974 - )
Glinton ( 1974 - )
Gunthorpe ( 1974 - )
Hartford ( 1974 - )
Longthorpe ( 1974 - )
Newnham
Orton Longueville ( 1974 - )
Paston ( 1974 - )
Peterborough Without ( 1974 - )
Walton ( 1974 - )
Werrington ( 1974 - )
Woodston ( 1974 - )
Unitary authority
Peterborough District ( 1974 - )
Peterborough ( 1974 - present )
Unknown
Babraham
Barrington
Bartlow
Barton
Bassingbourne
Burrough Green
Carlton cum Willingham
Castle Camps
Cherry Hinton
Chettisham
Childerley
Chilford
Church End
Crowlands
Croxton
D'Engoynes
Docwraies
Drayton Fen
Elsworth
Fen Ditton
Friday Bridge
Great Abington
Harleton
Haslingfield
Hauxton
Heydon ( 1895 - )
Hildersham
Hobbledods
Kennett
Kingston
Knapwell
Knights
Landwade
Limbury
Little Abington
Little Chishill ( 1895 - )
Lolworth
Long Stanton All Saints
Long Stanton St. Michael
Longstow
Lyles
Melbourne
Melfords
Mitchell Hall
Murrow
Newton (near Harston)
Nosterfield
Oakington
Oxlode
Pampisford
Ponders Bridge
Prickwillow
Pryors
Rings End
Sames
Scales Minchins
Shudy Camps
Snailwell
Stetchworth
Swaffham Bulbeck
Thriplow
Toft
Tyndalls
West Wickham
West Wratting
Westley Waterless
Weston Colville
Urban district
Ramsey ( 1974 - )
Royston ( - 1989 )
St. Neots ( 1974 - )
Walsoken ( 1934 - )
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


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Cambridgeshire (known, archaically, as the County of Cambridge and abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. The principal settlement is the city of Cambridge.

Cambridgeshire was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Grantbridgeshire" (or rather Grentebrigescire) (cf the river Granta). The county contains most of the region now popularly known as Silicon Fen.

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Changes in Administration since 1888

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Covering a large part of East Anglia, Cambridgeshire today is the result of several local government unifications. Cambridge was traditionally divided into two sections:

  • the south, around the City of Cambridge, known as Cambridgeshire,
  • and the northern part of the county, known as the Isle of Ely.

In 1888 when county councils were introduced, separate administrations for the two parts were set up.

In 1965, these two administrative counties were merged to form Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely. Under the Local Government Act 1972 this union was merged with the county to the west, Huntingdon and Peterborough (which had itself been created in 1965 by the merger of Huntingdonshire with the Soke of Peterborough. Between 1888 and 1965 the Soke of Peterborough had been a part of Northamptonshire with its own county council). The resulting post-1974 county was called, simply, Cambridgeshire.

Since 1998, the City of Peterborough has been a unitary authority, separately administered or governed, but is associated with Cambridgeshire for ceremonial purposes such as Lieutenancy, and functions such as policing and the fire service.

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As a modern county Cambridgeshire is divided into six districts:

There is a diagram in Wikipedia. The word district has been added in WeRelate to differentiate between these new municipal formations and the identically named ancient areas from which some of them were formed.

History

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The area that is now Cambridgeshire was first settled by the English at about the 6th century by bands of Angles, who pushed their way up the Ouse and the Cam, and established themselves in the fen-district, where they became known as the Gyrwas, the districts corresponding to the modern counties of Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire being distinguished as the lands of the North Gyrwas and the South Gyrwas respectively. At this period the fen-district stretched southward as far as Cambridge, and the essential unity which it preserved is illustrated later by its inclusion under one sheriff, chosen in successive years from Cambridgeshire proper and the Liberty of the Isle of Ely.

In 656 numerous lands in the neighbourhood of Wisbech were included in the endowment of the abbey of Peterborough, and in the same century religious houses were established at Ely and Thorney, both of which, however, were destroyed during the Danish invasions of the 9th century. After the Treaty of Wedmore, the district became part of the Danelaw. On the expulsion of the Danes by Edward in the 10th century it was included in East Anglia, but in the 11th century was again overrun by the Danes, who in the course of their devastations burnt Cambridge. The first mention of the shire in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records the valiant resistance which it opposed to the invaders in 1010 when the rest of East Anglia had taken ignominious flight. The shire-system of East Anglia was in all probability not definitely settled before the Norman Conquest of England, but during the Danish occupation of the 9th century the district possessed a certain military and political organization round Cambridge, its chief town, whence probably originated the constitution and demarcation of the later shire.

Division of Cambridgeshire

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At the time of the Domesday Survey in 1985 the county was divided as now, except that the Isle of Ely, which then formed two hundreds having their meeting-place at Witchford, is now divided into the four Hundreds of Ely, Wisbech, North Witchford and South Witchford, while Cambridge was formed into Cambridge Borough by itself. Flendish Hundred was then known as Flamingdike.

Ecclesiastically, Cambridgeshire was formerly included in the Diocese of Lincoln. On the creation of the Diocese of Ely in 1109, almost the whole county was placed in that diocese. In 1291 the whole county, with the exception of parishes in the deanery of Fordham and Diocese of Norwich, constituted the Archdeaconry of Ely, comprising the deaneries of Ely, Wisbech, Chesterton (Cambridgeshire), Shingay, Bourn, Barton (Cambridgeshire) and Camps.

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The Isle of Ely formerly constituted an independent franchise in which the bishops exercised quasi-palatinate rights, and offences were held to be committed against the bishop's peace. These privileges were considerably abridged in the reign of Henry VIII, but the Isle still had separate civil officers, appointed by the bishop, chief among whom were the chief justice, chief bailiff, deputy bailiff and two coroners.

Cambridgeshire has always been remarkable for its lack of county families, and for the frequent changes in the ownership of estates. No Englishmen retained lands of any importance after the Conquest, and at the time of the Domesday Survey the chief lay proprietors were Alan, Earl of Brittany, whose descendants the Zouches retained estates in the county until the 15th century; Picot the sheriff, whose estates passed to the families of Peverell and Peche; Aubrey de Vere, whose descendants retained their estates till the 16th century; and Hardwinus de Scalariis, ancestor of the Scales of Whaddon.

From the time of Hereward's famous resistance to William the Conqueror in the fen-district, the Isle of Ely was intimately concerned with the great political struggles of the country.

  • It was defended against King Stephen by Bishop Nigellus of Ely, who fortified Ely and Aldreth, which in 1144 was held for the Empress Matilda by Geoffrey de Mandeville.
  • During the struggles between John and his barons, Faukes de Breaut was made governor of Cambridge Castle, which, however, surrendered to the barons in the same year.
  • The Isle of Ely was seized by the followers of Simon de Montfort in 1266, but in 1267 was taken by Prince Edward.
  • At the Reformation period the county showed much sympathy with the Reformers, and in 1642 the knights, gentry and commoners of Cambridgeshire petitioned for the removal of all unwarrantable orders and dignities, and the banishment of Popish clergy.
  • In the Civil War of the 17th century Cambridgeshire was one of the associated counties in which the King had no visible party, although the University assisted him with contributions of plate and money.

Cambridgeshire returned three members to Parliament in 1290, and in 1295 the county returned two members, the borough of Cambridge two members, and the city of Ely two members, this being the sole return for Ely. The university was summoned to return members in 1300 and again in 1603, but no returns are recorded before 1614, after which it continued to return two members. Under the Reform Act of 1832 the county returned three members.

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Cambridgeshire is historically an agricultural county. The Domesday Survey mentions over 90 mills and numerous valuable fisheries, especially eel-fisheries, and contains frequent references to wheat, malt and honey. The county had a flourishing wool-industry in the 14th century, and became noted for its worsted cloths. The Black Death of 1349 and the ravages committed during the Wars of the Roses were followed by periods of severe depression, and in 1439 several Cambridgeshire towns obtained a remission of taxation on the plea of poverty. In the 16th century, barley for malt was grown in large quantities in the south, and the manufacture of willow baskets was carried on in the fen-districts. Saffron was extensively cultivated in the 18th century, and paper was manufactured near Sturbridge. Sturbridge fair was at this period reckoned the largest in Europe, the chief articles of merchandise being wool, hops and leather; and the Newmarket races and horse trade were already famous. Large waste areas were brought under cultivation in the 17th century through the drainage of the fen-district, which was brought to completion about 1652 through the labors of Cornelius Vermuyden, a Dutchman. The coprolite industry was very profitable for a short period from 1850 to 1880, and its decline was accompanied by a general industrial and agricultural depression.

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