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Cambridge and the River Cam.

The Cam rises in Ashwell in Hertfordshire, progressing northwards to Cambridge. It then flows into the flat area of the Fens and onwards to Ely and King's Lynn. There it joins the sea at the Wash in Norfolk. Cambridge's humble beginnings relied strongly on this river connection when King's Lynn used to be one of busiest sea ports in England. Goods would travel inland to Cambridge which slowly grew as an inland port.

The Backs Gallery

Bridge of Sighs

The Backs.

Some of the first colleges to be founded were built right on the banks of the river. On the riverside the colleges would benefit from this major trade route into the town of Cambridge. The result today is the "Backs", a one mile stretch of river that supports some of finest examples of architecture in England. Altogether there are 8 colleges and 9 bridges. These include Queens' College with the Mathematical Bridge, King's College with its famous chapel, and the Bridge Of Sighs at St. John's college.

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Our punting
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Clare Bridge. Mathematical
Bridge.
Clare Bridge.

Trinity Bridge. Kitchen Bridge and St. John's College. Granchester Upper River St. John's New Court.

Photograpy courtesy of Fotogenix© Andrew Pearce. Tel 01767 677086

The City Gallery

Trinity College.

The City

Cambridge is world famous as the home of one of the two oldest English universities, but the city has a long and eventful history of its own. The Roman may be the first to bridge the River Cam by AD 43. However in 875 the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle called it Grantabrycge - one of the earliest known uses of the word 'bridge' in the English Language, suggesting that the town was famous for its bridge.

Peterhouse was the first college, founded in 1284. Today there are 35 colleges that make up the university.

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King's College Chapel. Market Square. King's College.

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