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Cambridge is well known as being home to one of the country’s most prestigious universities but did you know….
1. Cambridge loves takeaway.
A study that was conducted in 2009 revealed that residents of Cambridge spend more money on takeaway per head than any other town or city in Britain. How much of this is down to the strong student population, we wonder?
2. Cambridge University was founded by ex-Oxford students.
Following riots between townspeople and students in Oxford in 1209, a number of Oxford University students fled Oxford and headed for safe haven in Cambridge. This group of students later helped to form Cambridge University – although you would be hard pressed to get Cambridge alumni to admit this…
3. Harvard University was founded by a Cambridge University old boy.
John Harvard, the man who went on to found Harvard University – the oldest university in the United States – was in fact a former Cambridge University student.
4. The rules of modern football were arguably invented in Cambridge
Supposedly, the first ever game of what people today recognise as football was played at Parker’s Piece – a park in Cambridge that is still popular with locals to this day. The game was played in 1848, and was the first to use Cambridge Rules – rules that went on to be influential in the establishment of the first ever standardised association football rules fifteen years later.
5. The river Cam is actually named after the town, not the other way around.
Cambridge was originally named Grantabrycge, which meant ‘bridge over the river Granta’ in Saxon. The name of the town eventually changed to Cambridge, with the river eventually being renamed Cam.