Cambridge Backs at Dawn. Attribution: Alex Brown
  • Cambridge's Dutch-style roundabout: Why all the fuss? Sep 26, 2020[1]
  • Marmalade Lane: the car-free, triple-glazed, 42-house oasis, May 8, 2019[2]

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Cambridge ( KAYM-brij) is a university city and the county town in Cambridgeshire, England. It is located on the River Cam approximately 55 miles (89 km) north of London. As of the 2021 United Kingdom census, the population of Cambridge was 145,700. Cambridge became an important trading centre during the Roman and Viking ages, and there is archaeological evidence of settlement in the area as early as the Bronze Age. The first town charters were granted in the 12th century, although modern city status was not officially conferred until 1951.

The city is most famous as the home of the University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209 and consistently ranks among the best universities in the world. The buildings of the university include King's College Chapel, Cavendish Laboratory, and the Cambridge University Library, one of the largest legal deposit libraries in the world. The city's skyline is dominated by several college buildings, along with the spire of the Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church, and the chimney of Addenbrooke's Hospital. Anglia Ruskin University, which evolved from the Cambridge School of Art and the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, also has its main campus in the city.

Cambridge is at the heart of the high-technology Silicon Fen, which contains industries such as software and bioscience and many start-up companies born out of the university. Over 40 per cent of the workforce have a higher education qualification, more than twice the national average. The Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the largest biomedical research clusters in the world, includes the headquarters of AstraZeneca and the relocated Royal Papworth Hospital.

The first game of association football took place at Parker's Piece. The Strawberry Fair music and arts festival and Midsummer Fair are held on Midsummer Common, and the annual Cambridge Beer Festival takes place on Jesus Green. The city is adjacent to the M11 and A14 roads. Cambridge station is less than an hour from London King's Cross railway station.

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Community resources[edit | edit source]

  • Makespace, community inventing shed, Cambridge

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Cambridge Lakes Project, community group that formed in 2012 to lobby for public access to the Cherry Hinton Chalk Pit Lakes

Cambridgeshire contains all its green belt around the city of Cambridge, extending to places such as Waterbeach, Lode, Duxford, Little & Great Abington and other communities a few miles away in nearby districts, to afford a protection from the conurbation. It was first drawn up in the 1950s.

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Maps: Map of Cambridge Growing Spaces

Community farm[edit | edit source]

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

Circular Cambridge, a season of events celebrating progressive ways to design, manufacture, access, repair and reuse the things that we want and need in our lives.

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]


Cambridge SCA (Cambridge Student Community Action) is a registered charity which encourages and provides community volunteering opportunities for the students of the University of Cambridge. Projects typically provide services to disadvantaged groups within the local community and provide students with valuable learning opportunities and a chance to make a difference. They offer volunteering opportunities with over 60 external organizations, including such as Cambridge Carbon Footprint. W

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

National Cycle Routes in and around Cambridgeshire include: Route 11: connecting Harlow in Essex to King's Lynn in Norfolk, via Cambridge W; Route 12: incomplete but when fully constructed it will run from Enfield Lock (London) to Grimsby (Lincolnshire) via Peterborough W; and Route 51: connecting Colchester and the port of Harwich to Oxford via Cambridge W

Cohousing[edit | edit source]

Charming Community Co-Housing Project, Marmalade Lane from Mole Architects
Authors: Jim Stephenson, Jan 23, 2020
  • Marmalade Lane, Cambridge's first cohousing community, added 15:21, 20 November 2022 (UTC)

News and comment[edit | edit source]


The city where children go to school in a plywood box, Oct 14[3]


Floating bus stops making cyclists' lives safer, report says, Oct 25[4]

Cambridge: Council's electricity supply goes 100% green, Oct 13[5]


How Cambridge Became the U.K.'s Model Cycling City, August 6[6]


Learning from Cambridge Skillsfest – in more ways than one, March 3[7]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Past events[edit | edit source]


July 25 First stall for 2015 at Rock Road Library, Rock Abundance


December 3 How To Clean Your Home Naturally, Cambridge Carbon Footprint

September 14 & 20 Open Eco Homes

May 31 Cambridge's first Repair Cafe!

Video[edit | edit source]


Other resources[edit | edit source]

  • Cambridge University International Development W, student run society aiming to promote awareness and discussion of international development issues across Cambridge. This is primarily achieved through events and the Vision magazine which is published termly.

Near you[edit | edit source]

Cambridgeshire community action - Peterborough community action

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Cambridge W

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