Cantebrigge! (aka Cambridge)
Yesterday we undertook an expedition up north to see Cambridge, the town famous for its “uni” and for its history. There is evidence of a farmstead in the area that dates back to 3,500 years ago. The Romans valued the area for the crossing of the river Cam, and for the strategic importance of Castle Hill. During Medieval times, Cambridge flourished by trading with the Danes (sometimes called the vikings, although that is really a verb and not a noun). William the Conqueror built the famous Round Church, which still stands today. The university was founded in 1209 by students who fled from Oxford (apparently the townsfolk didn’t like them peoples with learnin’). Cambridge University Press was founded in 1539, and the town grew quickly through the Renaissance. Apparently the University wanted to be well away from London proper (it’s about 50 miles into East Anglia) so that students wouldn’t be distracted by the city!
And now that you’ve learned more than you ever wanted to know about Cambridge, here are some snaps.
Overall I have to say that we really enjoyed our afternoon in East Anglia. It’s so lovely to be able to travel around England and see the historic sights and popular tourist attractions easily and relatively cheaply. The train there was £28 return (which means both ways) for both of us — not a bad deal!
The only drawback to our day was the brutal cold. We walked quite a bit (more than 4 miles in all), and it was all that kept us from freezing our knickers off! I think a nice leisurely walk in the spring or summer is called for. There are lots of museums in Cambridge also, which we’ve also put on our “next time” list.
The only other funny thing that I want to mention is that when you pull in on the train into the station at Camrbidge, the sign says “Welcome to Cambridge, home to Anglia Ruskin University”. It’s the other university in the town, and must have quite an inferiority complex. I guess it’s like saying you went to school in New Haven, CT, but you really went to Southern Connecticut University and not Yale!