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PETERBOROUGH (/ˈpiːtərˌbrə, -bərəˌ -ˌbʌrə/ ( listen )) is a cathedral city in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
, England
England
, with a population of 183,631 in 2011. Historically part of Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
, it is 73.6 miles (118.4 km) north of London, on the River Nene which flows into the North Sea
North Sea
30 miles (48 km) to the north-east. The railway station is an important stop on the East Coast Main Line between London and Edinburgh
Edinburgh
.

The local topography is flat and in some places lies below sea level, for example in the Fens that lie to the east of Peterborough. Human settlement in the area began before the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
, as can be seen at the Flag Fen archaeological site to the east of the current city centre , also with evidence of Roman occupation. The Anglo-Saxon period saw the establishment of a monastery, Medeshamstede
Medeshamstede
, which later became Peterborough Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedral
.

The population grew rapidly following the arrival of the railways in the 19th century, and Peterborough
Peterborough
became an industrial centre, particularly noted for its brick manufacture. Following the Second World War, growth was limited until designation as a New Town in the 1960s. Housing and population are expanding and a £1 billion regeneration of the city centre and immediately surrounding area is underway. In common with much of the United Kingdom, industrial employment has fallen, with a significant proportion of new jobs in financial services and distribution.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Early history * 1.2 Modern history

* 2 Administration

* 2.1 Politics * 2.2 Local government * 2.3 Health service * 2.4 Public utilities

* 3 Economy

* 3.1 Regeneration * 3.2 Employment

* 4 Transport

* 5 Demography

* 5.1 Population * 5.2 Ethnicity * 5.3 Religion

* 6 Culture

* 6.1 Education * 6.2 Arts * 6.3 Sport * 6.4 Media

* 7 Landmarks * 8 Notable people

* 9 Geography

* 9.1 Climate * 9.2 Topography * 9.3 Linguistics * 9.4 Affiliations

* 10 References

* 10.1 Footnotes * 10.2 Bibliography

* 11 External links

HISTORY

Etymology

The town's name changed to Burgh from the late tenth century, possibly after Abbot
Abbot
Kenulf had built a defensive wall around the abbey, and eventually developed into the form Peterborough; the town does not appear to have been a borough until the 12th century. The contrasting form Gildenburgh is also found in the 12th century history of the abbey, the Peterborough
Peterborough
version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (see Peterborough Chronicle below) and in a history of the abbey by the monk Hugh Candidus .

EARLY HISTORY

Present-day Peterborough
Peterborough
is the latest in a series of settlements which have at one time or other benefited from its site where the Nene leaves large areas of permanently drained land for the fens. Remains of Bronze Age
Bronze Age
settlement and what is thought to be religious activity can be seen at the Flag Fen archaeological site to the east of the city centre. The Romans established a fortified garrison town at Durobrivae on Ermine Street , five miles (8 km) to the west in Water Newton, around the middle of the 1st century AD. Durobrivae's earliest appearance among surviving records is in the Antonine Itinerary
Antonine Itinerary
of the late 2nd century. There was also a large 1st century Roman fort at Longthorpe , designed to house half a legion , or about 3,000 soldiers; it may have been established as early as around AD 44–48. Peterborough
Peterborough
was an important area of ceramic production in the Roman period, providing Nene Valley Ware that was traded as far away as Cornwall
Cornwall
and the Antonine Wall
Antonine Wall
, Caledonia.

Peterborough
Peterborough
is shown by its original name Medeshamstede
Medeshamstede
to have possibly been an Anglian settlement before AD 655, when Saxwulf founded a monastery on land granted to him for that purpose by Peada of Mercia , who converted to Christianity
Christianity
and was briefly ruler of the smaller Middle Angles
Angles
sub-group. His brother Wulfhere murdered his own sons, similarly converted and then finished the monastery by way of atonement .

Hereward, the outlaw, wake or exile , set off with supporters from his exile in Flanders
Flanders
and rampaged through the town in 1069 or 1070. Outraged, Abbot
Abbot
Turold erected a fort or castle, which, from his name, was called Mont Turold: this mound, or hill, is on the outside of the deanery garden, now called Tout Hill, although in 1848 Tot-hill or Toot Hill. The abbey church was rebuilt and greatly enlarged in the 12th century. The Peterborough Chronicle , a version of the Anglo-Saxon one, contains unique information about the history of England
England
after the Norman conquest , written here by monks in the 12th century. This is the only known prose history in English between the conquest and the later 14th century. The burgesses received their first charter from " Abbot
Abbot
Robert" – probably Robert of Sutton (1262–1273). The place suffered materially in the war between John I and the confederate barons, many of whom took refuge in the monastery here and in Crowland Abbey
Abbey
, from which sanctuaries they were forced by the king's soldiers, who plundered the religious houses and carried off great treasures. The abbey church became one of Henry VIII 's retained, more secular, cathedrals in 1541, having been assessed at the Dissolution (in the King's Books) as having revenue at £1,972.7.¾ per annum. Peterborough Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedral
(1118–1375), the Early English Gothic West Front

When civil war broke out, Peterborough
Peterborough
was divided between supporters of King Charles I (Cavaliers ) and supporters of the Long Parliament (Roundheads ). The city lay on the border of the Eastern Association of counties which sided with Parliament, and the war reached Peterborough
Peterborough
in 1643 when soldiers arrived in the city to attack Royalist strongholds at Stamford and Crowland . The Royalist forces were defeated within a few weeks and retreated to Burghley House
Burghley House
, where they were captured and sent to Cambridge
Cambridge
. While the Parliamentary soldiers were in Peterborough, however, they ransacked the cathedral, destroying the Lady Chapel , chapter house , cloister , high altar and choir stalls, as well as mediaeval decoration and records.

Housing and sanitary improvements were effected under the provisions of an Act of Parliament passed in 1790 and an act to build a gaol to replace the two that previously stood, was passed in 1839. After the dissolution the dean and chapter , who succeeded the abbot as lords of the manor , appointed a high bailiff and the constables and other borough officers were elected at their court leet ; but this ended when the municipal borough was incorporated in 1874 under the government of a mayor, six aldermen and eighteen councillors . Among the privileges claimed by the abbot as early as the 13th century was that of having a prison for felons taken in the Soke of Peterborough . In 1576 Bishop Edmund Scambler sold the lordship of the hundred of Nassaburgh, which was coextensive with the Soke, to Queen Elizabeth I , who gave it to Lord Burghley , and from that time until the 19th century he and his descendants, the Earls and Marquesses of Exeter
Exeter
, had a separate gaol for prisoners arrested in the Soke. The abbot formerly held four fairs , of which two, St. Peter's Fair, granted in 1189 and later held on the second Tuesday and Wednesday in July, and the Brigge Fair, granted in 1439 and later held on the first Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in October, were purchased by the corporation from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1876. The Bridge Fair, as it is now known, granted to the abbey by King Henry VI , survives. Prayers for the opening of the fair were once said at the morning service in the cathedral, followed by a civic proclamation and a sausage lunch at the town hall which still takes place. The mayor traditionally leads a procession from the town hall to the fair where the proclamation is read, asking all persons to "behave soberly and civilly, and to pay their just dues and demands according to the laws of the realm and the rights of the City of Peterborough".

MODERN HISTORY

Railway lines began operating locally during the 1840s, but it was the 1850 opening of the Great Northern Railway\'s line from London to York
York
that transformed Peterborough
Peterborough
from a market town to an industrial centre. Lord Exeter
Exeter
had opposed the railway passing through Stamford, so Peterborough, situated between two main terminals at London and Doncaster
Doncaster
, increasingly developed as a regional hub. Burghley House (1555–1587), seat of the Marquess of Exeter, hereditary Lord Paramount of Peterborough
Peterborough

Coupled with vast local clay deposits, the railway enabled large-scale brick-making and distribution to take place. The area was the UK's leading producer of bricks for much of the twentieth century. Brick-making had been a small seasonal craft since the early nineteenth century, but during the 1890s successful experiments at Fletton using the harder clays from a lower level had resulted in a much more efficient process. The market dominance during this period of the London Brick Company , founded by the prolific Scottish builder and architect John Cathles Hill , gave rise to some of the country's most well-known landmarks, all built using the ubiquitous Fletton Brick. Perkins Engines
Perkins Engines
was established in Peterborough
Peterborough
in 1932 by Frank Perkins , creator of the Perkins diesel engine. Thirty years later it employed more than a tenth of the population of Peterborough, mainly at Eastfield . Baker Perkins had relocated from London to Westwood , now the site of HM Prison Peterborough , in 1903, followed by Peter Brotherhood to Walton in 1906; both manufacturers of industrial machinery, they too became major employers in the city. British Sugar remains headquartered in Woodston , although the beet sugar factory, which opened there in 1926, was closed in 1991.

Founded at the Corn Exchange in 1860, Norwich
Norwich
and Peterborough
Peterborough
(N&P) was the ninth largest building society at the time of its merger into the Yorkshire Group in 2011. N"> Proposals are still progressing for the north of Westgate, the south bank and the station quarter, where Network Rail
Network Rail
is preparing a major mixed use development. Whilst recognising that the reconfiguration of the relationship between the city and station was critical, English Heritage
English Heritage
found the current plans for Westgate unconvincing and felt more thought should be given to the vitality of the historic core.

With the city expanding, in July 2005 the council adopted a new statutory development plan. Its aim is to accommodate an additional 22,000 homes, 18,000 jobs and over 40,000 people living in Peterborough
Peterborough
by 2020. The newly developing Hampton township will be completed, there will be a 1,500-home development at Stanground and a further 1,200-home development at Paston .

ADMINISTRATION

POLITICS

For more details on this topic, see Peterborough
Peterborough
(UK Parliament constituency) .

The city formed a parliamentary borough returning two members from 1541, with the rest of the Soke being part of Northamptonshire parliamentary county. The Great Reform Act did not affect the borough, although the remaining, rural portion of the Soke was transferred to the northern division of Northamptonshire. In 1885, the borough's representation was reduced to one member, and in 1918, the boundaries were adjusted to include the whole Soke. The previous Member of Parliament for Peterborough
Peterborough
was the Conservative , Stewart Jackson , who defeated Labour\'s Helen Clark in the 2005 general election . In the 2017 general election , Labour took the seat back, with Fiona Onasanya now representing the city at Westminster. In 1997, the North West Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
constituency was formed, incorporating parts of the city and neighbouring Huntingdonshire. The sitting member is the Conservative, Shailesh Vara , who succeeded Sir Brian Mawhinney , former Secretary of State for Transport and Chairman of the Conservative Party , in 2005. Dr Mawhinney, who had previously served as Member of Parliament for Peterborough
Peterborough
from 1979, was created Baron Mawhinney of Peterborough
Peterborough
in the county of Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
later that year. Peterborough
Peterborough
and North West Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
are included in the East of England constituency for elections to the European Parliament . The East of England currently elects seven MEPs , using the d\'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation , in common with all seats in England, Scotland and Wales.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

For more details on this topic, see Peterborough City Council . The Town Hall, Peterborough
Peterborough
(1930–1933)

From 1889, the ancient Soke of Peterborough formed an administrative county in its own right with boundaries similar, although not identical, to the current unitary authority. The area however remained geographically part of Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
until 1965, when the Soke was merged with Huntingdonshire
Huntingdonshire
to form the county of Huntingdon and Peterborough
Peterborough
. Following a review of local government in 1974, Huntingdon and Peterborough
Huntingdon and Peterborough
was abolished and the current district created by the merger of the Municipal Borough
Borough
of Peterborough
Peterborough
with Peterborough Rural District , Barnack Rural District , Thorney Rural District , Old Fletton Urban District and part of the Norman Cross Rural District , which had each existed since 1894. This became part of the non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
. Letters patent were granted continuing the status of city over the greater area. In 1998, the city became autonomous of Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
county council as a unitary authority, but it continues to form part of that county for ceremonial purposes. The leader and cabinet model of decision-making, first adopted by the city council in 2001, is similar to national government.

Policing in the city remains the responsibility of Cambridgeshire Constabulary ; and firefighting , the responsibility of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service . Nowadays the Peterborough
Peterborough
Volunteer Fire Brigade , one of few of its kind, effectively functions as a retained fire station. The Royal Anglian Regiment
Royal Anglian Regiment
serves as the county regiment for Cambridgeshire. Peterborough
Peterborough
formed its first territorial army unit, the 6th Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Rifle Volunteer Corps, in 1860.

HEALTH SERVICE

As part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012
Health and Social Care Act 2012
, Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
and Peterborough
Peterborough
Clinical Commissioning Group became the main commissioner of health services in the city. Adult social care functions of NHS Peterborough
Peterborough
transferred back to the city council in 2012 and public health transferred in 2013. The responsibility of guided primary care services (general practitioners, dentists, opticians and pharmacists) transferred to NHS England
England
. Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
and Peterborough
Peterborough
is one of the biggest CCGs in the country with 108 GP practices, over 800 GPs and a budget of £854 million in 2013/14. The CCG is made up of eight local commissioning groups: Borderline, Peterborough, Cam Health, CATCH, Hunts Health, Hunts Care Partners, Isle of Ely
Isle of Ely
and Wisbech. Both Peterborough
Peterborough
(over 107,000 registered patients) and Borderline (over 137,000 registered patients) local commissioning groups have GP practices within the unitary authority area.

Previously, NHS Peterborough
Peterborough
(the public-facing name of Peterborough Primary Care Trust ) guided primary care services in the city, directly provided adult social care and services in the community such as health visiting and physiotherapy and also funded hospital care and other specialist treatments. Prior to the forming of the PCT, the North West Anglia Healthcare NHS Trust provided health functions within the city and before that, Peterborough
Peterborough
Health Authority.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust became one of the first ten English NHS foundation trusts in 2004. Although a £300 million health investment plan has seen the transfer of the city's two hospitals into a single site, Peterborough
Peterborough
and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been plagued by financial problems since the move. The full planning application for the redevelopment of the former Edith Cavell Hospital was approved by the council in 2006. Planning permission for the development of an integrated care centre on the site of the former Fenland
Fenland
Wing at Peterborough
Peterborough
District Hospital was granted in 2003. The City Care Centre finally opened in 2009 and the first patients were treated at the new Peterborough
Peterborough
City Hospital in 2010. The private Fitzwilliam Hospital run by Ramsay Health Care UK is situated in the landscaped grounds of the Milton Estate . Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
and Peterborough
Peterborough
NHS Foundation Trust , a designated University of Cambridge
Cambridge
teaching trust, provides services to those who suffer from mental health problems. Following merger of the Cambridgeshire, then East Anglian Ambulance Services, the East of England
England
Ambulance Service NHS Trust is responsible for the provision of statutory emergency medical services (EMS) in Peterborough. The East Anglian Air Ambulance provides helicopter EMS across the region.

PUBLIC UTILITIES

The council's budget for the financial year 2015/16 is £437.2 million. The main source of non-school funding is the formula grant, which is paid by central government to local authorities based on the services they provide. This has been reduced by nearly 40% during the course of the 2010-15 parliament . The remainder, to which the police and fire authorities (and parish council where this exists) set a precept, is raised from council tax and business rates . This amounts to £59.5 million in 2015/16. Mains water and sewerage services are provided by Anglian Water , a former nationalised industry and natural monopoly , privatised in 1989 and now regulated by OFWAT .

Following deregulation, the consumer has a choice of energy supplier. Electricity was formerly provided by Eastern Electricity , which was privatised in 1990. In 2002, the supply business was sold to Powergen (now E.ON UK ) and the distribution rights to EDF Energy who sold them to UK Power Networks in 2010. Natural gas was (and still is) supplied by British Gas , which was privatised in 1986; distribution (and gas and electricity transmission ) is the responsibility of the National Grid , having been demerged as Transco in 1997. These industries are regulated by OFGEM . Peterborough Power Station is a 367 MWe gas-fired plant in Fengate operated by Centrica
Centrica
Energy.

British Telecommunications , privatised in 1984, provides fixed ADSL enabled (8 Mbit/s) telephone lines. Local loop unbundling , giving other internet service providers direct access, is completed at four out of 12 exchanges . The city is cabled by Virgin Media (previously Peterborough
Peterborough
Cablevision, Cable and Wireless and NTL ). These businesses are regulated by OFCOM . Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
County Council and Peterborough City Council are embarking on a superfast broadband project to deliver access to improved connectivity to areas where it is acknowledged that the market is unlikely to deliver.

ECONOMY

Peterborough
Peterborough
market, Laxton Square North Square, Queensgate shopping centre

REGENERATION

Peterborough
Peterborough
has a history of successful economic growth and continues to act as an attractor for investment and an engine of growth. The overarching ambition is to achieve sustainable growth, which can be maintained without creating significant economic problems.

The city has experienced an economic boom compared to the rest of the country, believed in part to be due to the regeneration plan which ran to 2012. In 2005, growth was on average 5.5%, whilst in Peterborough it was 6.9%, the highest in the UK. The city has also led in business population growth, with a 3.78% increase between April and September 2006, according to Royal Mail
Royal Mail
's Business Barometer.

Figures plotting growth from 1995 to 2004, revealed that Peterborough had become the most successful economy among unitary authorities in the East of England. They also revealed that the city's economy had grown faster than the regional average and any other economy in the region. It has a strong economy in the environmental goods and services sector and has the largest cluster of environmental businesses in the UK.

In 1994, Peterborough
Peterborough
was designated one of four environment cities in the UK and it is now working to become the country's acknowledged environment capital. Peterborough
Peterborough
Environment City Trust, an independent charity, was set up at the same time to work towards this goal, delivering projects promoting healthier and sustainable living in the city. The council and regional development agency have taken advice on regeneration issues from a number of internationally recognised experts, including Benjamin Barber (formerly an adviser to President Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
), Jan Gustav Strandenaes (United Nations adviser on environmental issues) and Patama Roorakwit (a Thai "community architect").

EMPLOYMENT

According to the 2001 census , the workplace population of 90,656 is divided into 60,118 people who live in Peterborough
Peterborough
and 30,358 people who commute in. A further 13,161 residents commute out of the city to work. Earnings in Peterborough
Peterborough
are lower than average. Median earnings for full-time workers were £11.93 per hour in 2014, less than the regional median for the East of England of £13.62 and the median hourly rate of £13.15 for Great Britain
Great Britain
as a whole. As part of the government's M11 corridor , Peterborough
Peterborough
is committed to creating 17,500 jobs with the population growing to 200,000 by 2020.

Future employment will also be created through the plan for the city centre launched by the council in 2003. Predictions of the levels and types of employment created were published in 2005. These include 1,421 jobs created in retail; 1,067 created in a variety of leisure and cultural developments; 338 in three hotels; and a further 4,847 jobs created in offices and other workspaces. Recent relocations of large employers include both Tesco
Tesco
(1,070 employees) and Debenhams (850 employees) distribution centres. A further 2,500 jobs are to be created in the £140 million Gateway warehouse and distribution park. This is expected to compensate for the 6,000 job losses as a result of the decline in manufacturing, anticipated in a report cited by the cabinet member for economic growth and regeneration in 2006.

With traditionally low levels of unemployment, Peterborough
Peterborough
is a popular destination for workers and has seen significant growth through migration since the post-war period. The leader of the council said in August 2006 that he believed that 80% of the 65,000 people who had arrived in East Anglia
East Anglia
from the states that joined the European Union in 2004 were living in Peterborough. To help cope with this influx, the council put forward plans to construct an average of 1,300 homes each year until 2021. Demand for short term employees remains high and the market supports up to 20 high street recruitment agencies at any given time. Peterborough
Peterborough
Trades Council, formed in 1898, is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress .

TRANSPORT

For more details on this topic, see Road transport in Peterborough .

Peterborough
Peterborough
is a principal stop on the East Coast Main Line , 45–50 minutes' journey time from central London, with high-speed intercity services from King\'s Cross to Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Waverley operated by the Virgin Trains East Coast at around a 20-minute frequency, and slower commuter services terminating at Peterborough
Peterborough
operated by Great Northern . It is a major railway junction where a number of cross-country routes converge. East Midlands Trains operates the Peterborough to Lincoln Line and a route from Norwich
Norwich
to Liverpool Lime Street via the main line north of Peterborough, CrossCountry operates the Birmingham to Peterborough Line through to Cambridge
Cambridge
and Stansted Airport while Abellio Greater Anglia
Abellio Greater Anglia
operates the Ely to Peterborough
Peterborough
Line with a service to Ipswich
Ipswich
. Peterborough
Peterborough
has a business airport with a paved runway at Holme and a recreational airfield hosting a parachute school at Sibson . Historic cast iron railway bridge over the River Nene (1847), built by William Cubitt and Joseph Cubitt

The River Nene , made navigable from the port at Wisbech
Wisbech
to Northampton
Northampton
by 1761, passes through the city centre. The Nene Viaduct carries the railway over the river. It was built in 1847 by William Cubitt and Joseph Cubitt . William Cubitt was the chief engineer of Crystal Palace erected at Hyde Park in 1851. Apart from some minor repairs in 1910 and 1914 (the steel bands and cross braces around the fluted legs) the bridge remains as Cubitts built it. Now a Grade II* listed structure, it is the oldest surviving cast iron railway bridge in the UK. By the Town Bridge, the Customs House, built in the early eighteenth century, is a visible reminder of the city's past function as an inland port. The Environment Agency navigation starts at the junction with the Northampton
Northampton
arm of the Grand Union Canal and extends for 91 miles (147 km) ending at Bevis Hall just upstream of Wisbech. The tidal limit used to be Woodston Wharf until the Dog-in-a-Doublet lock was built five miles (8 km) downstream in 1937.

The A1/A1(M) primary route (part of European route E15 ) broadly follows the path of the historic Great North Road from St Paul\'s Cathedral in the heart of London, through Peterborough
Peterborough
(Junction 17), continuing north a further 335 miles (539 km) to central Edinburgh
Edinburgh
. In 1899 the British Electric Traction Company sought permission for a tramway joining the northern suburbs with the city centre. The system, which operated under the name Peterborough
Peterborough
Electric Traction Company , opened in 1903 and was abandoned in favour of motor buses in 1930, when it was merged into the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company . Today, bus services in the city are operated by several companies including Stagecoach (formerly Cambus and Viscount ) and Delaine Buses . Despite its large-scale growth, Peterborough
Peterborough
has the fastest peak and off-peak travel times for a city of its size in the UK, due to the construction of the parkways. The Local Transport Plan anticipated expenditure totalling around £180 million for the period up to 2010 on major road schemes to accommodate development.

The combination of rail connections to the Port of Felixstowe and to the East Coast Main Line as well as a road connection via the A1(M) has led to Peterborough
Peterborough
being proposed as the site of a 334 acres (1.35 km2) rail-road logistics and distribution centre to be known as Magna Park.

The Peterborough
Peterborough
Millennium Green Wheel is a 50-mile (80 km) network of cycleways, footpaths and bridleways which provide safe, continuous routes around the city with radiating spokes connecting to the city centre. The project has also created a sculpture trail, which provides functional, landscape artworks along the Green Wheel route and a Living Landmarks project involving the local community in the creation of local landscape features such as mini woodlands, ponds and hedgerows. Another long-distance footpath, the Hereward Way , runs from Oakham in Rutland, through Peterborough, to East Harling in Norfolk.

DEMOGRAPHY

POPULATION

Peterborough
Peterborough
has a population of 197,100 (mid-2016 est.). It is forecast to reach 200,000 in 2018/9 and 220,000 by around 2031. Customs House (1790) on the north bank of the river, from the Town Bridge

YEAR CITY SOKE REDISTRICTED

1901 30,872 41,122 46,986

1911 33,574 44,718 53,114

1921 35,532 46,959 58,186

1931 43,551 51,839 63,745

1939 49,248 58,303 69,855

1951 53,417 63,791 76,555

1961 62,340 74,758 89,794

1971 69,556 85,820 105,323

1981 131,696

1991 155,050

2001 156,060

2011 183,600 (+ 16.6%)

Peterborough's population growth was reportedly the second fastest of any British city over the ten years from 2004 to 2013, driven partly by immigration.

ETHNICITY

According to the 2011 Census , 82.5% of Peterborough's residents categorised themselves as white , 2.8% of mixed ethnic groups , 11.7% Asian , 2.3 per cent black and 0.8% other. Amongst the white population, the largest categories were English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British (70.9%) and other white (10.6%). Those of Pakistani ethnicity accounted for 6.6% of the population and those of Indian ethnicity 2.5.%. The largest black group were those of African ethnicity (1.4%). The Guildhall or Butter Cross (1669–1671), Cathedral Square, Peterborough
Peterborough

Peterborough
Peterborough
is home to one of the largest concentrations of Italian immigrants in the UK. This is mainly as a result of labour recruitment in the 1950s by the London Brick Company in the southern Italian regions of Apulia and Campania
Campania
. By 1960, approximately 3,000 Italian men were employed by London Brick, mostly at the Fletton works. In 1962, the Scalabrini Fathers , who first arrived in 1956, purchased an old school and converted it into a mission church named after the patron saint of workers Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph
(San Giuseppe). By 1991, over 3,000 christenings of second-generation Italians had been carried out there. In 1996, it was estimated that the Italian community of Peterborough
Peterborough
numbered 7,000, making it the third largest in the UK after London and Bedford
Bedford
. The 2011 Census recorded 1,179 residents born in Italy.

In the late twentieth century the main source of immigration was from new Commonwealth countries. The 2011 Census showed that a total of 24,166 migrants moved to Peterborough
Peterborough
between 2001 and 2011. The city has experienced significant immigration from the A8 countries that joined the European Union
European Union
in 2004, and in 2011, 14,134 residents of the city were people born in Central and Eastern Europe.

According to a report published by the police in 2007, recent migration had resulted in increased translation costs and a change in the nature of crime in the county, with an increase in drink-driving offences, knife crime and an international dimension added to activities such as running cannabis factories and human trafficking . The number of foreign nationals arrested in the north of the county rose from 894 in 2003, to 2,435 in 2006, but the report also said that "inappropriately negative" community perceptions about migrant workers often complicate routine incidents, raising tensions and turning them "critical". It also noted there was "little evidence that the increased numbers of migrant workers have caused significant or systematic problems in respect of community safety or cohesion". In 2007, Julie Spence , the then Chief Constable emphasised that the fact that the demographic profile of Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
had changed dramatically from one where 95% of teenagers were white four years previously to one of the country's fastest growing diverse populations, had had a positive impact on jobs and economic development. In 2008, the BBC
BBC
broadcast The Poles
Poles
are Coming!, a controversial documentary on the impact of Polish migration to Peterborough
Peterborough
by Tim Samuels , as part of its White Season.

In 2001, shortly after the September 11 attacks
September 11 attacks
, white teenager Ross Parker was murdered by a gang of Pakistanis
Pakistanis
in a racially motivated crime. In May 2004, groups of young Pakistani men clashed with Afghan and Iraqi asylum seekers in the multicultural Millfield area of the city. In the "running street battles," houses and cars were set alight and windows were smashed. In July 2004, a festival organised by the Indian community to celebrate the city's diversity turned violent. Pakistanis
Pakistanis
and Iraqis clashed over the weekend and one man, injured in the fighting, was taken to hospital. In the aftermath of the 2001 Bradford riots , the Government Office
Government Office
for the East of England commissioned a study to identify possible "hotspots" where violence might occur in the region. The report, which focused on Peterborough and Luton
Luton
, was not published. However, it was reported that it criticised Peterborough City Council for being "blind" to problems of race relations in the city. Research published by the Institute of Race Relations has highlighted racism and racist attacks suffered by asylum seekers, migrant workers and more long-standing minority communities in Peterborough
Peterborough
over the decade to 2012. The number of incidents in Peterborough
Peterborough
reported to the police as being racially motived has dropped significantly since 2005, falling from 356 in that year to 97 in 2011, although the director of the Peterborough
Peterborough
Racial Equality Council argued in 2012, that there was "a very serious problem in under reporting race hate crime".

The number of languages in use is growing where previously few languages other than English were spoken. As of 2006 , Peterborough offered classes in Italian, Urdu and Punjabi in its primary schools.

RELIGION

Norman gateway below the chapel of St. Nicholas (1177–1194), Minster Precincts

Christianity
Christianity
has the largest following in Peterborough, in particular the Church of England
England
, with a significant number of parish churches and a cathedral. 56.7% of Peterborough's residents classified themselves as Christian in the 2011 Census. Recent immigration to the city has also seen the Roman Catholic population increase substantially. Other denominations are also in evidence; the latest church to be constructed is a £7 million "superchurch," KingsGate , formerly Peterborough
Peterborough
Community Church, which can seat up to 1,800 worshippers. In comparison with the rest of England, Peterborough
Peterborough
has a lower proportion of Christians, Buddhists
Buddhists
, Hindus
Hindus
, Jews
Jews
and Sikhs . The city has a higher percentage of Muslims
Muslims
than England
England
as a whole (9.4% compared to 5% nationally). The majority of Muslims
Muslims
reside in the Millfield and New England
England
areas of the city, where two large mosques (including the Faidhan-e-Madina Mosque ) are based. Peterborough
Peterborough
also has both Hindu (Bharat Hindu Samaj) and Sikh (Singh Sabha Gurdwara) temples in these areas.

The Anglican Diocese of Peterborough covers roughly 1,200 square miles (3,100 km²), including the whole of Northamptonshire, Rutland and the Soke of Peterborough. The parts of the city that lie south of the river, which were historically in Huntingdonshire
Huntingdonshire
, fall within the Diocese of Ely , which covers the remainder of Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
and western Norfolk. The current Bishop of Peterborough has been appointed Assistant Bishop in the Diocese
Diocese
of Ely, with pastoral care for these parishes delegated to him by the Bishop of Ely
Bishop of Ely
. The city falls wholly within the Roman Catholic Diocese
Diocese
of East Anglia
East Anglia
(which has its seat at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Baptist
John the Baptist
, Norwich) and is served by Saint Peter and All Souls Church , built in 1896 and decorated in the Gothic style. The Greek Orthodox
Greek Orthodox
Community of Saint Cyril , Patriarch of Jerusalem was established in 1991 under the Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
Great Britain
.

CULTURE

EDUCATION

See also: List of schools in Peterborough

Peterborough
Peterborough
has one independent boarding school: The Peterborough School at Westwood House, founded in 1895. The school caters for girls and now boys up to the age of 18. Peterborough's state schools have recently undergone immense change. Five of the city's 15 secondary schools were closed in July 2007, to be demolished over the coming years. John Mansfield (now an adult learning centre), Hereward (formerly Eastholm, now City of Peterborough
Peterborough
Academy, sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust) and Deacon\'s were replaced with the flagship Thomas Deacon Academy , designed by Lord Foster of Thames Bank which opened in September 2007.

The Voyager School , which has specialist media arts status, replaced Bretton Woods and Walton comprehensive. The schools that remain have been extended and enlarged. Over £200 million was spent and the changes on-going to 2010. The King\'s School is one of seven schools established, or in some cases re-endowed and renamed, by King Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries
Dissolution of the Monasteries
to pray for his soul. In 2006, 39.4% of Peterborough
Peterborough
local education authority pupils attained five grades A* to C, including English and Mathematics, in the General Certificate of Secondary Education , lower than the national average of 45.8%.

The city has two colleges of further and higher education , Peterborough Regional College (established in 1946 as Peterborough Technical College) and City College Peterborough (known as Peterborough
Peterborough
College of Adult Education until 2010). As of 2004 , Peterborough Regional College attracts over 15,000 students each year from the UK and abroad and is ranked in the top five per cent of colleges in the UK. Greater Peterborough
Peterborough
University Technical College is a new education facility set to open in September 2015.

The city is currently without a university, after Loughborough University closed its Peterborough
Peterborough
campus in 2003. Consequently, it became the second largest centre of population in the UK (after Swindon
Swindon
) without its own higher education institution. In 2006, however, Peterborough Regional College began talks with Anglia Ruskin University to develop a new university campus for the city. The college and the university completed the legal contracts for the creation of a new joint venture company in 2007, marking the culmination of legal negotiations and securing of funds required in order to build the new higher education centre. University Centre Peterborough
Peterborough
opened to the first 850 students in 2009.

The former public library on Broadway was funded by Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1906; Carnegie was made first freeman of the city on the day of the opening ceremony.

ARTS

A section of the Triumph of Arts and Sciences at the Royal Albert Hall (1867–1871), depicting Peterborough Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough
Peterborough
enjoys a wide range of events including the annual East of England
England
Show , Peterborough Festival and CAMRA beer festival, which takes place on the river embankment in late August.

The Key Theatre, built in 1973, is situated on the embankment, next to the River Nene . The theatre aims to provide entertainment, enlightenment and education by reflecting the rich culture Peterborough
Peterborough
has to offer. The programme is made up of home-grown productions, national touring shows, local community productions and one-off concerts. There is disabled access, an infrared hearing system for the deaf and hard of hearing and there are also regular signed performances.

In 1937, the Odeon Cinema opened on Broadway, where it operated successfully for more than half a century. In 1991, the Odeon showed its last film to the public and was left to fall into a state of disrepair, until 1997, when a local entrepreneur purchased the building as part of a larger project, including a restaurant and art gallery. The Broadway, designed by Tim Foster Architects, was one of the largest theatres in the region and offered a selection of live entertainment, including music, comedy and films. In 2009, it was severely damaged by arsonists, resulting in closure when its insurers refused to pay the claim due to faulty fire detection systems. The Embassy Theatre , a large Art Deco
Art Deco
building designed by David Evelyn Nye , also opened on Broadway in 1937. Nye was usually a cinema architect, and this was his only theatre. The Embassy was converted into a cinema in 1953, becoming the ABC and later the Cannon Cinema , before it was closed in 1989. Since 1996, the premises have been occupied by the Edwards bar chain .

The John Clare Theatre within the new central library, again on Broadway, is home to the Peterborough
Peterborough
Film Society. One of the region's leading venues, the Cresset in Bretton , provides a wide range of events for the residents of the city and beyond, including theatre, comedy, music and dance. Peterborough
Peterborough
has a 13-screen Showcase Cinema , an ice rink and two indoor swimming pools open to the general public. A diverse range of restaurants can be found throughout the city, including Chinese & Cantonese , Indian "> , the city has hosted a round of the Tour Series each year since, with the exception of 2013.

In March 2017 the first bandy session in England
England
for over a century will be held in Peterborough, in the form of rink bandy .

MEDIA

There is a major radio transmitter at Morborne , approximately eight miles (13 km) west of Peterborough, for national FM radio
FM radio
( BBC
BBC
Radios 1–4 and Classic FM ) and BBC
BBC
Radio Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
. This facility includes a 154-metre (505 ft) high guyed radio mast which collapsed in 2004 after a fire and has since been re-built. Another transmission site at Gunthorpe in the north east of the city transmits AM /MW and local FM radio. The site is only 3 metres (10 ft) above sea level and has an 83-metre (270 ft) high active insulated guyed mast situated on it.

Peterborough
Peterborough
is covered by six local radio stations and one regional station, though only two community stations broadcast from the city. These are Salaam FM, catering for the local Muslim population, which started broadcasting on 106.2 MHz in July 2016, and Peterborough Community Radio (PCRFM), a station formed as a result of a merge between former Internet stations Peterborough
Peterborough
FM and Radio Peterborough, started broadcasting on 103.2 MHz on 14 April 2017.

Heart Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
, the original independent local radio station launched as Hereward Radio in 1980 and becoming Heart Peterborough in 2009, still holds a large section of the market on 102.7 MHz but relocated to Cambridge
Cambridge
in 2012, where it began sharing the localised programming (of mainly national output) with Heart Cambridge
Cambridge
. Hereward's sister station, WGMS , was launched on the old 1332 kHz (225 meters) frequency in 1992; known as Classic Gold from 1994 to 2007, it is now part of Heart\'s sister Smooth Radio network, but has no programming made in Peterborough. Connect Radio (from 1999 to 2010, known as Lite FM), was the city's second commercial station on 106.8 MHz, but is now broadcast partly from Kettering and partly from Southend.

Radio Cambridgeshire, the BBC
BBC
local radio station, began broadcasting in 1992 on 95.7 MHz (and, originally, 1449 kHz) in the north of the county; it maintains a studio in Priestgate, having moved from Broadway in 2012. Kiss 105-108
Kiss 105-108
is the regional station for the East of England, broadcasting, since 2006, on 107.7 MHz in Peterborough. NOW Peterborough
Peterborough
is the local DAB multiplex; BBC
BBC
National DAB and the national commercial multiplex, Digital One , are also available in the city. Peterborough
Peterborough
is in the Anglia Television transmission area for Independent Television , with a small studio in the city (although it borders ITV Central
ITV Central
). This is broadcast with BBC
BBC
One and Two (East) , Channel 4
Channel 4
and Channel 5 from Sandy Heath . The digital switchover in the East of England took place in 2011. Shopping channel Ideal World is broadcast nationwide on Freeview from studios in Newark Road, Fengate.

The Peterborough
Peterborough
Telegraph (established 1948) is the city's newspaper, published on Thursdays and, until 2012, six days a week as the Evening Telegraph, with jobs, property, motors and entertainment supplements. The Telegraph is now owned by East Midlands Newspapers, part of Johnston Press of Edinburgh. Its website, Peterborough
Peterborough
Today, is updated six days a week. The PT's sister paper, the Peterborough Citizen (1898), is a weekly paper delivered free to many homes in the city. The Peterborough Herald and Post (1989, a replacement for the Peterborough
Peterborough
Standard, established 1872) ceased publication in 2008. The publisher Emap , which specialises in the production of magazines and the organisation of business events and conferences, traces its origins back to Peterborough
Peterborough
in 1854. The 33rd Mayor of Peterborough, Sir Richard Winfrey JP , founder of what would become the East Midland Allied Press, was perhaps the last person to read the Riot Act in 1914.

Peterborough
Peterborough
has been used as a location for various television programmes and films. The 1982 BBC
BBC
production of The Barchester Chronicles was filmed largely in and around Peterborough. In 1983 opening scenes for the 13th 007 film, Octopussy , starring Sir Roger Moore , were filmed at Orton Mere. A music video for the song BreakThru by the band Queen was also shot on the preserved Nene Valley Railway in 1989. In 1995 Pierce Brosnan filmed train crash sequences for the 17th James Bond
James Bond
film, GoldenEye , at the former sugar beet factory. A scene for the film The Da Vinci Code was filmed at Burghley House during five weeks secret filming in 2006; and actor, Lee Marvin , found himself camping in Ferry Meadows during the filming of The Dirty Dozen : Next Mission in 1985. In October 2008 Hollywood returned to Wansford for the filming of the musical Nine , starring Penélope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis .

LANDMARKS

Longthorpe Tower
Longthorpe Tower
(1310), a Grade I listed building

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter
Saint Peter
, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew , whose statues look down from the three high gables of the West Front, was founded as a monastery in AD 655 and re-built in its present form between 1118 and 1238. It has been the seat of the Bishop of Peterborough
Peterborough
since the diocese was created in 1541, when the last abbot was made the first bishop and the abbot's house was converted into the episcopal palace. Peterborough Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedral
is one of the most intact large Norman buildings in England
England
and is renowned for its imposing early English Gothic West Front which, with its three enormous arches, is without architectural precedent and with no direct successor. The cathedral has the distinction of having had two queens buried beneath its paving: Katherine of Aragon
Katherine of Aragon
and Mary, Queen of Scots . The remains of Queen Mary were removed to Westminster Abbey
Abbey
by her son James I when he became King of England.

The general layout of Peterborough
Peterborough
is attributed to Martin de Vecti who, as abbot from 1133 to 1155, rebuilt the settlement on dry limestone to the west of the monastery, rather than the often-flooded marshlands to the east. Abbot
Abbot
Martin was responsible for laying out the market place and the wharf beside the river. Peterborough's 17th-century Guildhall was built in 1671 by John Lovin, who also restored the bishop's palace shortly after the restoration of King Charles II . It stands on columns, providing an open ground floor for the butter and poultry markets which used to be held there. The Market Place was renamed Cathedral Square and the adjacent Gates Memorial Fountain moved to Bishop's Road Gardens in 1963, when the (then weekly) market was transferred to the site of the old cattle market.

Peterscourt on City Road was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1864, housing St. Peter's Teacher Training College for men until 1938. The building is mainly listed for the 18th century doorway, brought from the London Guildhall following war damage. Nearby Tout Hill, the site of a castle bailey, is a scheduled monument . The city has a large Victorian park containing formal gardens, children's play areas, an aviary, bowling green, tennis courts, pitch and putt course and tea rooms. The park has been awarded the Green Flag Award , the national standard for parks and green spaces, by the Civic Trust . A Cross of Sacrifice was erected in Broadway cemetery by the Imperial War Graves Commission in the early 1920s. The Lido , a striking building with elements of art deco design, was opened in 1936 and is one of the few survivors of its type still in use.

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery , built in 1816, housed the city's first infirmary from 1857 to 1928. The museum has a collection of some 227,000 objects, including local archaeology and social history, from the products of the Roman pottery industry to Britain's oldest known murder victim; a collection of marine fossil remains from the Jurassic
Jurassic
period of international importance; the manuscripts of John Clare , the " Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Peasant Poet" as he was commonly known in his own time; and the Norman Cross collection of items made by French prisoners of war. These prisoners were kept at Norman Cross on the outskirts of Peterborough
Peterborough
from 1797 to 1814, in what is believed to be the world's first purpose built prisoner of war camp. The art collection contains an impressive variety of paintings, prints and drawings dating from the 1600s to the present day. Peterborough Museum also holds regular temporary exhibitions, weekend events and guided tours.

Burghley House
Burghley House
to the north of Peterborough, near Stamford, was built and mostly designed by Sir William Cecil , later 1st Baron Burghley, who was Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I for most of her reign. The country house , with a park laid out by Lancelot \'Capability\' Brown in the 18th century, is one of the principal examples of 16th-century English architecture. The estate, still home to his descendants, hosts the Burghley Horse Trials , an annual three-day event . Another Grade I listed building , Milton Hall near Castor, ancestral home of the Barons and later Earls Fitzwilliam , also dates from the same period. For two centuries following the restoration the city was a pocket borough of this family.

The John Clare Cottage in the village of Helpston was purchased by the John Clare Trust in 2005. The cottage, home of John Clare from his birth in 1793 until 1832, has been restored using traditional building methods to create a resource where visitors can learn about the poet, his works and how rural people lived in the early 19th century. The John Clare Cottage and Thorney Heritage Museum form part of the Greater Fens Museum Partnership, along with Peterborough
Peterborough
Museum and Flag Fen.

Longthorpe Tower
Longthorpe Tower
, a 14th-century three-storey tower and fortified manor house in the care of English Heritage
English Heritage
, is situated about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the city centre. It is a scheduled monument, and contains the finest and most complete set of domestic paintings of their period in northern Europe. Nearby Thorpe Hall is one of the few mansions built in the Commonwealth period. A maternity hospital from 1943 to 1970, it was acquired by the Sue Ryder Foundation in 1986 and is currently in use as a hospice.

Flag Fen , the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
archaeological site, was discovered in 1982, when a team led by Dr Francis Pryor carried out a survey of dykes in the area. Probably religious, it comprises a large number of poles arranged in five long rows, connecting Whittlesey with Peterborough
Peterborough
across the wet fenland. The museum exhibits many of the artefacts found, including what is believed to be the oldest wheel in Britain. An exposed section of the Roman road known as the Fen Causeway also crosses the site.

The Nene Valley Railway , which is now a 7.5-mile (12 km) heritage railway , was one of the last passenger lines to fall under the Beeching Axe in 1966, although it remained open for freight traffic until 1972. In 1974, the former development corporation bought the line, which runs from the city centre to Yarwell Junction just west of Wansford via Orton Mere and the 500 acre (202 ha) Ferry Meadows country park, and leased it to the Peterborough
Peterborough
Railway Society. Railworld is a railway museum located beside Peterborough
Peterborough
Nene Valley railway station .

The Nene Park , which opened in 1978, covers a site 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long, from slightly west of Castor to the centre of Peterborough. The park has three lakes, one of which houses a watersports centre. Ferry Meadows, one of the major destinations and attractions signposted on the Green Wheel , occupies a large portion of Nene Park. Orton Mere provides access to the east of the park.

Southey Wood, once included in the Royal Forest of Rockingham , is a mixed woodland maintained by the Forestry Commission between the villages of Upton and Ufford. Nearby, Castor Hanglands , Barnack Hills and Holes and Bedford
Bedford
Purlieus national nature reserves are each sites of special scientific interest . In 2002, the Hills and Holes, one of Natural England
England
's 35 spotlight reserves, was designated a special area of conservation as part of the Natura 2000 network of sites throughout the European Union
European Union
.

NOTABLE PEOPLE

William Cecil , 1st Baron Burghley (1520–1598), in Garter robes

Peterborough
Peterborough
is the birthplace of many notable people, the astronomer George Alcock , one of the most successful visual discoverers of novas and comets ; John Clare , from Helpston, now considered to be one of the most important poets of the nineteenth century; artist, Christopher Perkins – brother of Frank; and Sir Henry Royce , 1st Baronet
Baronet
of Seaton, engineer and co-founder of Rolls-Royce . Physician, actor and author, "Sir" John Hill , credited with 76 separate works in the Dictionary of National Biography , the most valuable of which dealing with botany , is also said to have been born here. The socialist writer and illustrator, Frank Horrabin , who was born in the city, was elected its member of parliament in 1929.

The utilitarian philosopher, Dr Richard Cumberland , was 14th Lord Bishop of Peterborough from 1691 until his death in 1718; and Norfolk-born nurse and humanitarian, Edith Cavell , who received part of her education at Laurel Court in the Minster Precinct, is commemorated by a plaque in the Cathedral and by the name of the hospital. Two prominent historical figures were born locally, Hereward the Wake
Hereward the Wake
, an outlaw who led resistance to the Norman Conquest and now lends his name to several places and businesses in the city; and St. John Payne , one of the group of prominent Catholics martyred between 1535 and 1679 and later designated the Forty Martyrs of England
England
and Wales , who was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and canonised with the other 39 by Pope Paul VI
Pope Paul VI
in 1970.

Musicians include Sir Thomas Armstrong , organist, conductor and former principal of the Royal Academy of Music ; Andy Bell , lead vocalist of the electronic pop duo Erasure ; Barrie Forgie, leader of the BBC
BBC
Big Band ; Don Lusher , trombonist and former professor of the Royal College of Music
Royal College of Music
and the Royal Marines
Royal Marines
School of Music; Paul Nicholas , actor and singer; Maxim Reality and Gizz Butt of dance act The Prodigy
The Prodigy
and Aston Merrygold of Brit Award -winning pop group JLS . Comedian Ernie Wise lived on Thorpe Avenue for many years, next door to Canadian baritone and actor Edmund Hockridge . Jimmy Savile
Jimmy Savile
also lived in the city in the early 1990s.

Other media personalities include actors Claudia Katz Minnick known for "Spider-Man", "The Black Dahlia" and more recently "Ouija", Simon Bamford , known for the 'Hellraiser' franchise, Adrian Lyne , Oscar nominated director of Fatal Attraction , Oscar Jacques , known for playing Tom Tupper in the C BBC
BBC
Series M.I. High , Luke Pasqualino , known for his roles in Skins and The Musketeers ; television presenter, Sarah Cawood , who grew up in Maxey; BBC
BBC
Formula One presenter, Jake Humphrey
Jake Humphrey
; football journalist and Talksport radio presenter, Adrian Durham ; and the biologist, author and broadcaster, Prof. Brian J. Ford , who attended the King's School and still lives in Eastrea near Whittlesey. Local businessman, Peter Boizot , founder of the Pizza Express restaurant chain and Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, has supported the cultural and sporting life of Peterborough
Peterborough
and received its highest accolade, the freedom of the city. The thalidomide victim Terry Wiles , subject of the 1979 film On Giant\'s Shoulders , was born in the city.

In the sporting world, Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur
and England
England
footballer, David Bentley , was born in the city. Motorcycle racer, Craig Jones , lived in city until his death after a high-speed crash at Brands Hatch ; as does Louis Smith , who at the 2008 games became Great Britain
Great Britain
's first gymnast to win an individual Olympic medal in a century. Chelsea Football player, currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem footballer Isaiah Brown , was born in Peterborough, before joining Leicester
Leicester
City and later West Bromwich Albion, becoming the second youngest player to play in the Premier League.

GEOGRAPHY

CLIMATE

According to the Köppen classification the British Isles
British Isles
experience a maritime climate characterised by relatively cool summers and mild winters. Compared with other parts of the country, East Anglia
East Anglia
is slightly warmer and sunnier in the summer and colder and frostier in the winter. Owing to its inland position, furthest from the landfall of most Atlantic
Atlantic
depressions, Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
is one of the driest counties in the UK, receiving, on average, around 600 mm (2 ft) of rain per year. The Met Office
Met Office
weather station at Wittering , within the unitary authority of Peterborough, recorded a maximum temperature of 35.3 °C (95.5 °F) on 1 July 2015. The lowest temperature in recent years was −13.4 °C (7.9 °F) during February 2012.

CLIMATE DATA FOR WITTERING, ELEVATION: 73M (1981-2010) (WEATHER STATION 9 MILES W OF PETERBOROUGH)

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 6.8 (44.2) 7.2 (45) 10.1 (50.2) 12.6 (54.7) 16.0 (60.8) 19.0 (66.2) 21.7 (71.1) 21.5 (70.7) 18.4 (65.1) 14.1 (57.4) 9.7 (49.5) 6.9 (44.4) 13.7 (56.7)

DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 4.0 (39.2) 4.1 (39.4) 6.4 (43.5) 8.4 (47.1) 11.6 (52.9) 14.5 (58.1) 16.9 (62.4) 16.8 (62.2) 14.3 (57.7) 10.6 (51.1) 6.8 (44.2) 4.3 (39.7) 9.9 (49.8)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 1.2 (34.2) 0.9 (33.6) 2.6 (36.7) 4.2 (39.6) 7.1 (44.8) 10.0 (50) 12.1 (53.8) 12.1 (53.8) 10.1 (50.2) 7.1 (44.8) 3.8 (38.8) 1.6 (34.9) 6.1 (43)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 48.0 (1.89) 36.8 (1.449) 42.0 (1.654) 49.6 (1.953) 54.9 (2.161) 52.0 (2.047) 52.4 (2.063) 55.8 (2.197) 55.2 (2.173) 59.3 (2.335) 55.8 (2.197) 47.2 (1.858) 608.9 (23.972)

AVERAGE RAINY DAYS 10.3 9.1 9.8 9.2 9.6 9.0 8.3 8.9 8.4 9.5 10.5 10.1 112.6

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 63.8 82.9 113.1 156.4 196.5 191.6 204.3 192.3 146.8 115.5 73.8 58.9 1,596

Source: Met Office
Met Office

TOPOGRAPHY

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The River Nene embankment, seen from Frank Perkins Parkway
Parkway

East Anglia
East Anglia
is most notable for being almost flat. During the Ice Age much of the region was covered by ice sheets and this has influenced the topography and nature of the soils. Much of Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
is low-lying, in some places below present-day mean sea level. The lowest point on land is supposedly just to the south of the city at Holme Fen
Fen
, which is 2.75 metres (9 ft) below sea level. The largest of the many settlements along the Fen
Fen
edge, Peterborough
Peterborough
has been called the Gateway to the Fens. Before they were drained the Fens were liable to periodic flooding so arable farming was limited to the higher areas of the Fen
Fen
edge, with the rest of the Fenland
Fenland
dedicated to pastoral farming . In this way, the mediaeval and early modern Fens stood in contrast to the rest of southern England, which was primarily arable. Since the advent of modern drainage in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the Fens have been radically transformed such that arable farming has almost entirely replaced pastoral. The unitary authority extends north west to the settlements of Wothorpe and Wittering and east beyond Thorney into the Fens, and it includes the Ortons , south of the River Nene. It borders Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
to the west, Lincolnshire to the north, and the Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
districts of Fenland
Fenland
and Huntingdonshire
Huntingdonshire
to the south and east. The city centre is located at 52°35'N latitude 0°15'W longitude or Ordnance Survey national grid reference TL 185 998.

URBAN AREAS OF THE CITY Townships are in bold type. In addition to the surrounding villages, Bretton, Orton Longueville and Orton Waterville are parished. The city council also works closely with Werrington neighbourhood association which operates on a similar basis to a parish council. BRETTON – Dogsthorpe – Eastfield – Eastgate – Fengate – Fletton – Gunthorpe – THE HAMPTONS – Longthorpe – Millfield – Netherton – Newark – New England
England
– THE ORTONS – Parnwell – Paston – Ravensthorpe – Stanground – Walton – WERRINGTON – West Town – Westwood – Woodston

SURROUNDING VILLAGES IN THE DISTRICT Civil parishes
Civil parishes
do not cover the whole of England
England
and mostly exist in rural hinterland. They are usually administered by parish councils which have various local responsibilities. Ailsworth
Ailsworth
– Bainton – Barnack
Barnack
Borough
Borough
Fen
Fen
– Castor – Deeping Gate – Etton – Eye – Eye Green – Glinton – Helpston – Marholm – Maxey – Newborough – Northborough – Peakirk Southorpe – St. Martin\'s Without – Sutton – Thorney – Thornhaugh – Ufford – Upton – Wansford – Wittering – Wothorpe

These are further arranged into 24 electoral wards for the purposes of local government. 15 wards comprise the Peterborough
Peterborough
constituency for elections to the House of Commons , while the remaining nine fall within the North West Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
constituency.

LINGUISTICS

Peterborough
Peterborough
lies in the middle of several distinct regional accent groups and as such has a hybrid of Fenland
Fenland
East Anglian , East Midland and London Estuary English features. The city falls just north of the A vowel isogloss and as such most native speakers will use the flat A , as found in cat, in words such as last. Yod-dropping is often heard from Peterborians, as in the rest of East Anglia, for example new as /nuː/. However, the large number of newcomers has impacted greatly on the English spoken by the younger generation. Common so-called Estuary English features such as L-vocalisation , T glottalisation and Th-fronting give today's Peterborough
Peterborough
accent a definite south-eastern sound.

AFFILIATIONS

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in the United Kingdom

Town twinning started in Europe after the Second World War. Its purpose was to promote friendship and greater understanding between the people of different European cities. A twinning link is a formal, long-term friendship agreement involving co-operation between two communities in different countries and endorsed by both local authorities. The two communities organise projects and activities addressing a range of issues and develop an understanding of historical, cultural, lifestyle similarities and differences. Peterborough
Peterborough
is twinned with the following municipalities:

* Alcalá de Henares , Spain
Spain
(birthplace of Queen Katherine , 1986) * Bourges
Bourges
, France
France
(1957) * Forlì
Forlì
, Italy
Italy
(1981) * Viersen , Germany
Germany
(1981) * Vinnytsia
Vinnytsia
, Ukraine
Ukraine
(1991)

Bourges
Bourges
and Forlì
Forlì
are also twinned with each other. The city also has more informal friendship links with Foggia , Italy; Kwe Kwe , Zimbabwe; Pécs
Pécs
, Hungary; and all Peterboroughs around the world. The county of Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
has been twinned with Kreis Viersen , Germany
Germany
since 1983.

REFERENCES

FOOTNOTES

* ^ Grant of arms by letters patent sealed by Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster Kings of Arms dated 6 September 1960. * ^ The nine Government Office
Government Office
regions formed in 1994, were adopted in place of the eight standard statistical regions during 1999. East Anglia is now defined as Level 2 Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics . See Hierarchical list of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics and the statistical regions of Europe Archived 16 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine . The European Commission , Statistical Office of the European Communities (Retrieved 6 January 2008). "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-31. * ^ Parts of the current unitary authority area lie within the historic boundaries of Huntingdonshire
Huntingdonshire
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