Cambridgeshire is a county in England, bordering on the counties of 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 seat of the county is Cambridge.

Due to administrative reform, the area and the name of the administrative unit changed several times since the 60s of the 20th century. In 1965, the new county of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely formed from the previous counties of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely. In 1974, the county Huntingdon and Peterborough was incorporated ( in 1965 itself to a common county of Huntingdonshire with the Soke of Peterborough - a (then) part of Northamptonshire - was put together ) and the new county was named ' Cambridgeshire '. Since 1998, the City of Peterborough is an autonomous county ( Unitary Authority) again, but uses the public institutions of general interest such as police and fire departments of Cambridgeshire.

Famous People from the area of Cambridgeshire are the politicians Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) and the entrepreneur Henry Royce (1863-1933) and the British musicians David Gilmour, head of the legendary group Pink Floyd, who were all born in Huntingdonshire.

Cambridgeshire has a partnership with the district of Viersen in Germany.

Major cities in the county

  • Cambridge
  • Peterborough
  • Ely

Ely Cathedral

Stained glass window in the cathedral of Peterborough

Pictures of Cambridgeshire