5 things you probably didn't know about Cambridge

5 things you probably didn't know about Cambridge

5 things you probably didn’t know about Cambridge

Cambridge is one of the most famous cities in the UK. As a result, a lot of people think they know the place well and most people could probably tell you a few facts about the city.

However, one of the things we love most about Cambridge is its hidden depths. Virtually every street and every building has a story to tell.  There’s always something new to discover about Cambridge. To prove our point, here are five things you probably don’t already know about the city.


1. Castle Street can trace its name back to Norman times 

Located in the north of central Cambridge, Castle Street was named after a fortification built by the Normans. First constructed in 1068, the castle fell into disuse towards the end of the medieval era.

Much of the stone from its walls was used in the construction of nearby colleges and the building ended up being used as a jail until the mid-19th century. Today, all that remains of the eponymous castle is a small grassy mound.


2. The rules of football were first established in Cambridge 

Football is one of the most popular games on earth. Played by millions, and watched by billions, its reach has spread to every corner of the world.

The rules for the modern game were first posted by students playing football on Parker’s Piece. These rules were then adopted by the Football Association and from there, the game spread around the world.

If you visit Parker’s Piece today you’ll find a monument to this historic moment in football history.

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3. Where Petty Curry got its name

Petty Curry has one of the most unusual street names in the city. Dating back to the early 14th century, the name is thought to refer to the chefs who used to ply their trade here.

As @Cambslive explains, “It most likely derives from “petit”, which means “little”, and “cury” meaning “cooks’ row”.”

Originally named Petycure, the street was mentioned in the diary of Samuel Pepys, who attended Magdalene College in the 17th Century.


4. Pink Floyd were formed in Cambridge 

Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most famous bands, can trace its roots back to Cambridge. Founder Syd Barrett was born in Cambridge in 1946 and several other members were educated in the city.

Before they hit the big time, Pink Floyd could regularly be seen playing pubs, clubs and even village halls around Cambridge.


5. Cambridge has produced 89 Nobel Prize winners 

Cambridge University is well-known for being one of the best universities in the world, so it should come as no surprise that the city has produced an incredible 89 Nobel Prize winners.

These winners have scooped awards in all six disciplines covering physics, chemistry, peace, literature, physiology, and medicine.

If this has got you in the mood to explore Cambridge, why not visit the city and get to know its streets, colleges, and history?

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