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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