East Cambridgeshire

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East Cambridgeshire District
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Ely, known for both its Cathedral and its historic Isle of Ely region. It is the largest settlement in the district and its administrative centre.
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East Cambridgeshire shown within Cambridgeshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Cambridgeshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Ely
Incorporated1 April 1974
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  BodyEast Cambridgeshire District Council
  LeadershipAlternative - Sec. 31 (Conservative)
   MPs Steve Barclay
Lucy Frazer
  Total251.5 sq mi (651.3 km2)
  Rank62nd (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.) [2]
  Rank271st (of 309)
  Density360/sq mi (140/km2)
95.9% White
1.0% S.Asian
1.1% Mixed
1.8% Chinese or Other
Time zone UTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code 12UC (ONS)
E07000009 (GSS)
OS grid reference TL535799
Website www.eastcambs.gov.uk

East Cambridgeshire (locally known as East Cambs) is a local government district in Cambridgeshire, England. Its council is based in Ely. The population of the District Council at the 2011 Census was 83,818. [3] The district was formed on 1 April 1974 with the merger of Ely Urban District, Ely Rural District, and Newmarket Rural District. The district is divided into 14 electoral divisions, which return a total of 28 councillors. The council has been controlled by the Conservative Party since 2007.


East Cambridgeshire District Council
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Non-Metropolitan District
Anna Bailey,
since 30 May 2019
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Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
4 May 2023
Meeting place
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The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE


The recent Fenland survey of archaeological finds mentions an enumeration of findings made between 1884 and 1994 in the region to the north of Devil's Dyke and Cambridge, from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age (the region south of Devil's Dyke is not yet included in the survey). By far the greatest quantities of bronze objects found in England were discovered in East Cambridgeshire.

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Soham, the only town in the district

The most important Bronze Age finds were discovered in Isleham (more than 6500 pieces), Stuntney, Soham, Wicken, Chippenham, Coveney, Mepal and Wilburton. These findings include swords, spear-heads, arrows, axes, palstaves, knives, daggers, rapiers, armour, decorative equipment (in particular for horses) and many fragments of sheet bronze. The greater part of these objects have been entrusted to the Moyse's Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds while other items are in the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge. Other finds include traces of cremations and barrows, golden torques, an extensive ditch system and a wooden track-way between Fordey Farm (Barway) and Little Thetford. [4] Bronze razors have also been found and it is well known that Celts shaved their cheeks. [5]

Settlements in East Cambridgeshire

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cambridgeshire</span> County of England

Cambridgeshire is a county in the East of England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the north-east, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. The city of Cambridge is the county town. Following the Local Government Act 1972 restructuring, modern Cambridgeshire was formed in 1974 through the amalgamation of two administrative counties: Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, comprising the historic county of Cambridgeshire ; and Huntingdon and Peterborough, comprising the historic county of Huntingdonshire and the Soke of Peterborough, historically part of Northamptonshire. Cambridgeshire contains most of the region known as Silicon Fen.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Soham</span> Human settlement in England

Soham is a town and civil parish in the district of East Cambridgeshire, in Cambridgeshire, England, just off the A142 between Ely and Newmarket. Its population was 10,860 at the 2011 census.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Soham Village College</span> Academy in Soham, Cambridgeshire, England

Soham Village College is a secondary school with academy status located in Soham, Cambridgeshire, England. It has around 1,400 pupils, aged 11 to 16. Although its wide catchment area does not include Ely, some pupils from there and its neighbouring villages attend the college. It is split between two adjacent sites: Beechurst, formerly a large house, and Lodeside, built more recently.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Isleham</span> Human settlement in England

Isleham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Cambridgeshire. It is part of the Fens. It has 3 pubs.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fordham, Cambridgeshire</span> Human settlement in England

Fordham is a village in rural Cambridgeshire, England. Fordham is part of the East Cambridgeshire district. It is four miles north of Newmarket, as well as being close to the settlements of Soham, Burwell, Isleham, Mildenhall and Chippenham.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wicken, Cambridgeshire</span> Village in England

Wicken is a small village on the edge of The Fens near Soham in East Cambridgeshire, ten miles north east of Cambridge and five miles south of Ely. It is the site of Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">West Stow</span> Village in West Suffolk, England

West Stow is a small village and civil parish in West Suffolk, England. The village lies north of Bury St. Edmunds, south of Mildenhall and Thetford and west of the villages of Culford and Ingham in the area known as the Breckland. This area is located near the Lark River Valley and was settled from around AD 420–650. West Stow Hall is to the North of the village.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Newmarket Rural District</span>

Newmarket was a rural district in Cambridgeshire, England from 1894 to 1974. It surrounded the town of Newmarket, in West Suffolk, on the north, west and south sides.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chippenham, Cambridgeshire</span> Human settlement in England

Chippenham is a village and civil parish in Cambridgeshire, England, part of East Cambridgeshire district around 4 miles (6.4 km) north-east of Newmarket and 10 miles (16 km) north-east of Cambridge.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stuntney</span> Human settlement in England

Stuntney is a village in East Cambridgeshire, located between Ely and Soham. It is just off the main road going from Newmarket to Ely, the A142.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Eriswell</span> Human settlement in England

Eriswell is a village and civil parish of West Suffolk in the English county of Suffolk.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Coveney, Cambridgeshire</span> Human settlement in England

Coveney is a village northwest of Ely in Cambridgeshire.

The Isleham Hoard is a hoard of more than 6,500 pieces of worked and unworked bronze, dating from the Bronze Age, found in 1959 by William 'Bill' Houghton and his brother, Arthur, at Isleham, near Ely, in the English county of Cambridgeshire.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Little Thetford</span> Village in Cambridgeshire, England

Little Thetford is a small village in the civil parish of Thetford, 3 miles (5 km) south of Ely in Cambridgeshire, England, about 76 miles (122 km) by road from London. The village is built on a boulder clay island surrounded by flat fenland countryside, typical of settlements in this part of the East of England. During the Mesolithic era, the fenland basin was mostly dry and forested, although subject to salt and fresh water incursions. The marshes and meres of this fenland may therefore have been difficult to occupy, other than seasonally, but there is evidence of human settlement on the island since the late Neolithic Age; a Bronze Age causeway linked the village with the nearby Barway, to the south-east. An investigation, prior to a 1995 development in the village, discovered a farm and large tile-kiln of Romano-British origin; further investigations uncovered an earlier settlement of the Pre-Roman Iron Age. The Roman road Akeman Street passed through the north-west corner of the parish, and the lost 7th century Anglo-Saxon village of Cratendune may be nearby.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cambridgeshire Lodes</span> Man-made waterways in the county of Cambridgeshire, England

The Cambridgeshire Lodes are a series of man-made waterways, believed to be Roman in origin, located in the county of Cambridgeshire, England. Bottisham, Swaffham Bulbeck, Reach, Burwell, Wicken and Monks Lodes all connect to the River Cam, while Soham Lode connects to the River Great Ouse. All have been navigable historically, but some are no longer officially navigable.

The Fenland Survey was an intense archaeological survey of the Fenlands of England that took place between 1982 and 1989. During the survey, approximately 250,000 hectares of land was fieldwalked by four archaeologists in the interest of creating a comprehensive overview of the sites within the area.


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  4. Hall, David (1994). Fenland survey : an essay in landscape and persistence / David Hall and John Coles. London;English Heritage. pp. 81–88. ISBN   1-85074-477-7.
  5. Hall, David (1994). Fenland survey : an essay in landscape and persistence / David Hall and John Coles. London;English Heritage. p. 4. ISBN   1-85074-477-7.

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