What a beautiful county to live in – with three gorgeous cities surrounded by an even larger variety of towns and villages, there is history oozing in the grounds of each one. At Omega Tour, we love touring and taking in the views of the towns and cities we visit with you! That’s why we have collected 5 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Cambridgeshire.
1. The Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge…
Officially known as the Wooden Bridge, the mathematical bridge is located in Queen’s College, where it connects the two parts together. It is referred to as the “Mathematical Bridge” because it was the first bridge built using mathematical principles. Built by James Essex In 1749, the timbers were rearranged in a series of tangents with radial members to tie them together, creating a self-supportive structure using maths.
2. St Ives Fossil Discovery
Being 26-foot above sea level, over the year’s fossils and corals have been discovered in St Ives and researched on, and apparently, they date back to over 160 million years – fossils from huge animals such as elephants and hippopotamuses have been found around the St Ives region.. cool, right!?
3. The Coronation Feast in Parker’s Piece!
What is now known as one of the huge, social fields located in the heart of Cambridge, it was temporarily the site of a celebratory feast for the coronation of Queen Victoria on June 28th, 1838. It is said that 15,000 locals attended, and 60 huge tables surrounded a centre bandstand. With these numbers, of course, it was a big meal – thousands of joints of meat was on offer for everyone to enjoy, it was a feast no Cambridge local would forget.
4. Ely Has it’s Own Film Star Status
This market-vibes city has become a prime location for movie makers, especially the Ely Cathedral. For example, Al Pacino’s Revolution and The King’s Speech was filmed there, and more recently Netflix’s The Crown was filmed here too! What has the future got in store for filming the future of this city?
5. St Ives 17th-18th Centuries
During the two centuries, St Ives became an important waterway route – It is said that the town was a great centre of river traffic, covered in barges that used to bring coal from Kings Lynn and return with corn. The Quay is now known as probably the most attractive part of St Ives, as the gorgeous waters compliment the street perfectly.
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