Cambridgeshire (including Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire, Peterborough and South Cambridgeshire) is in the East of England. It has a population of around 800,000 and covers approximately 340,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Suffolk.
Cambridgeshire has some the most ancient Neolithic sites in Britain and at 2.75 metres below sea level, Holme Fen is the lowest point in the country. The county town of Cambridgeshire is Cambridge, which is famous for being the location of Cambridge University, where visitors can appreciate the medieval architecture of the college buildings and travel by punt along the The River Cam. The University has educated many people who have gone on to be influential in the arts, sciences, politics and business and led to many science and technology start-up companies being founded in the area. Visitors to The Cambridge and County Folk Museum (Museum of Cambridge) can see exhibits reflecting the lives of local people during the past few hundred years, such as coins, textiles, costumes, toys and decorative arts. Performing arts venues in Cambridgeshire include the Cambridge Arts Theatre, the Broadway Theatre in Peterborough and the Cambridge Corn Exchange.
Kettles Yard in Cambridge holds cultural events and the gallery has a collection of paintings and sculptures by artists including Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, William Congdon and Henry Moore. The Wysing Arts Centre provides people active in the visual arts with a range of residential study, research and working facilities, such as studio and exhibition space and has strong links with artistic organisations around the world. Anglesey Abbey was converted into a Jacobean style country house during the 17th century. It is now a National Trust property where visitors can appreciate the finely furnished and decorated interiors, as well as the picturesque gardens surrounding the house. Other attractions in Cambridgeshire include The Stained Glass Museum in Ely, Peterborough Cathedral, Peckover House in Wisbech, Peterborough Museum and Wimpole Estate.
(Born 1885 in Cambridge in Cambridgeshire), Engraver
Gwendolen Mary Raverat, British artist, was known for her wood engravings and was one of the founders of the Society of Wood Engravers.