East Cambridgeshire

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East Cambridgeshire District
Non-metropolitan district
East Cambridgeshire shown within Cambridgeshire
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
Incorporated 1 April 1974
Government
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body East Cambridgeshire District Council
 • Leadership Alternative - Sec. 31 (Conservative)
 • MPs Stephen Barclay
James Paice
Area[1]
 • Total 251.5 sq mi (651.3 km2)
Area rank 62nd (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)[2]
 • Total 84,200
 • Rank 276th (of 326)
 • Density 330/sq mi (130/km2)
 • Ethnicity 95.9% White
1.0% S.Asian
1.1% Mixed
1.8% Chinese or Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
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 district was formed on 1 April 1974 with the merger of Ely Urban District, Ely Rural District and Newmarket Rural District.

According to a report by the Halifax bank in 2004, East Cambridgeshire has the fastest population growth rate of any British local authority other than the City of London.[3]

Archaeology[edit]

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.

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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Standard Area Measurements - Local Authorities - Dec 2010 (SAM_LAD_DEC_2010_UK)". UK Standard Area Measurements (SAM). Office for National Statistics. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Table 8a Mid-2011 Population Estimates: Selected age groups for local authorities in England and Wales; estimated resident population;". Population Estimates for England and Wales, Mid 2011 (Census Based). Office for National Statistics. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4122731.stm news.bbc.co.uk
  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. 

Coordinates: 52°23′13″N 0°17′38″E / 52.387°N 0.294°E / 52.387; 0.294