Cambridgeshire: Local History Resources

Cambridgeshire is much more than just its university city, and the area is steeped in history. This page looks at the resources and videos to access the past of this world-famous county.

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Which Part Of England Is Cambridgeshire In?

Cambridgeshire is in a region called the East of England. It sits between the South East region (and Home Counties around London), and the southeast border of the Midlands.

The East of England is one of nine regions in England and includes the ceremonial counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk.

Is Cambridge the same as Cambridgeshire? Cambridge is a city located in the county of Cambridgeshire, but the county also contains two other cities and hundreds of other communities. 

What Is Cambridgeshire Famous For?

Cambridgeshire is famous for its historic university city of Cambridge, the Norman Cathedral at Ely, horse racing at Newmarket, and the coastal plain of The Fens.

Much of the county is agricultural, though Peterborough is a thriving city with good transport links to London. Cambridgeshire’s university attracts outstanding creatives, entrepreneurs and academics, with some creating businesses which bolster the area’s reputation for its intelligence and technology-led business sector.

Cities And Towns In Cambridgeshire‎

There are three cities in the county of Cambridgeshire:

  • Cambridge
  • Ely
  • Peterborough

In addition, there are a number of market towns in the county:

  • Chatteris‎ 
  • Godmanchester‎ 
  • Huntingdon‎ 
  • March
  • Ramsey
  • St Neots‎ 
  • Soham‎ 
  • St Ives
  • Whittlesey‎ 
  • Wisbech‎ 

Villages And Hamlets In Cambridgeshire

Abbots Ripton  Abbotsley Abington Pigott  The Abingtons Ailsworth Alconbury  Alconbury Weston Alwalton Arrington  Ashley

Babraham  Bainton Balsham  Bar Hill Barham Barnack  Barrington Bartlow Barton  Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth Benwick  Bluntisham Bottisham Bourn Boxworth  Brampton

Brington  Brinkley Broughton  Buckden Buckworth Burrough Green  Burwell Bury Bythorn

Caldecote  Cambourne Carlton  Castle Camps Castor  Catworth Caxton Cherry Hinton  Chesterton Chettisham Cheveley Chippenham  Christchurch Coates Colne Comberton Conington  Conington Coppingford Coton Cottenham Coveney Covington  Croxton Croydon  

Deeping Gate  Diddington Doddington  Dry Drayton Dullingham Duxford

Earith  Easton Eastrea  Ellington Elm Elsworth  Eltisley Elton Etton Eye Green

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Farcet  Fen Ditton  Fen Drayton Fenstanton  Folksworth Fordham Fowlmere  Foxton Friday Bridge Fulbourn

Gamlingay  Girton Glatton  Glinton Gorefield  Grafham Grantchester  Graveley Great Chishill  Great Eversden Great Gidding  Great Gransden Great Paxton Great Shelford  Great Staughton Great Stukeley Great Wilbraham  Guilden Morden Guyhirn

Haddenham  Haddon Hail Weston  Hamerton Hardwick Harlton  Harston Hartford Haslingfield  Hatley Hauxton Helpston Hemingford Abbots  Hemingford Grey Heydon Hildersham Hilton Hinxton  Histon and Impington Holme Holywell Horningsea Horseheath  Houghton

Ickleton  Isleham  

Kennett  Keyston Kimbolton  Kings Ripton Kingston  Kirtling Knapwell

Landbeach  Leighton Bromswold  Leverington Linton Litlington  Little Chishill Little Downham Little Eversden  Little Gidding Little Gransden Little Paxton Little Shelford  Little Stukeley Little Thetford Little Wilbraham Littleport Lode  Lolworth Longstanton Longstowe Longthorpe

Madingley  Manea Marholm  Maxey Melbourn Meldreth  Mepal Milton Molesworth Morborne  Murrow

Needingworth  Newborough Newton-in-the-Isle  Newton Northborough

Oakington  Offord Cluny  Offord D’Arcy Old Hurst  Old Weston Orwell Over  

Pampisford  Papworth Everard  Papworth St Agnes Parson Drove  Peakirk Perry Pidley Pondersbridge  Prickwillow Pymoor

Rampton  Ramsey Forty Foot  Ramsey Heights Ramsey Mereside  Ramsey St Mary’s The Raveleys Reach

Sawston  Sawtry Shepreth  Shudy Camps Sibson  Snailwell Somersham Southoe  Spaldwick Stapleford Steeple Morden  Stetchworth Stibbington Stilton Stow cum Quy  Stow Longa Stretham Stuntney Sutton-in-the-Isle  Sutton Swaffham Bulbeck Swaffham Prior Swavesey

Tadlow  Tetworth  Teversham Thorney  Thornhaugh Thriplow  Tilbrook Toft Toseland  Trumpington Tydd Gote Tydd St Giles

Ufford  Upton Upwood

Wansford  Warboys Waresley  Water Newton Waterbeach  Wentworth West Wickham West Wratting  Westley Waterless Weston Colville Westry  Whaddon Whittlesford Wicken Wilburton Willingham  Wimblington Wimpole Winwick Wisbech St Mary Wistow  Witcham Witchford Wittering Woodditton Woodhurst Woodwalton  Wyton on the Hill Wyton

Yaxley  Yelling

Local History Videos

Where you see a highlighted place name in the list above, you can click through to a dedicated page of videos about that community.

More pages will be added and updated over time.

Cambridgeshire History Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups are a great way to discuss old videos and pictures, memories and events with people from specific communities. They are usually very active and are an excellent way for people to connect with their local history even if they don’t like reading serious books on the subject.

Milton Local History Group

The Milton Local History Group is an informal group for anyone interested in the local history of the village of Milton, Cambridgeshire, UK, and its surrounding areas.

Ramsey and local villages (Cambs) Memories and History

“It is a page for those both born and bred here, and those who have settled here now or in the past. Feel free to share your memories, thoughts, discussion topics and photos so we can all learn about the history of our area.”

Meldreth Local History Group

Meldreth Local History Group is a community group, formed in 2007. Its aims are to research, record and preserve the history of Meldreth.

Local History Resources For Cambridgeshire

We have a separate page showing an extensive list of national resources for local history in the UK. We include societies and groups under the term ‘resource’ because the people involved with them usually have a staggering depth of knowledge about their specialism and welcome opportunities to share it.

This page compiles resources specific to Cambridgeshire:

  • Abington History Group
  • Archaeological Data Services
  • Barrington Society
  • Brampton Historical Society
  • Cambridge Antiquarian Society
  • Cambridgeshire Association for Local History
  • Cambridgeshire Collection 
  • Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN)
  • Cambridgeshire Family History Society
  • Cambridgeshire Records Society 
  • Chatteris History Society and Chatteris Museum
  • Covington History Group
  • Eltisley History Society
  • Guilden Morden Local History Group
  • Hemingfords Local History Society
  • Histon and Impington Village Society
  • Huntingdonshire Local History Society
  • Landbeach Society
  • Landscape and Local History Group
  • Madingley History Group
  • Melbourn History Group
  • Meldreth Local History Group
  • Museum of Cambridge
  • Peterborough & District Family History Society
  • Royston & District Local History Society
  • Soham Museum
  • Stapleford History Society
  • University of Cambridge Library
  • Upwood & The Raveleys Local History Group
  • Warboys Local History Society
  • Waterbeach Village Society

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