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  • Samuel Pepys (1632 - 1703)
    Samuel Pepys PRS, MP, JP , English naval administrator and Member of Parliament who is now most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man Samuel Pepys was born ...
  • John Maynard Keynes (1883 - 1946)
    John Maynard Keynes , 1st Baron Keynes CB FBA (/ˈkeɪnz/ KAYNZ), was a British economist whose ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governme...
  • Stephen Hawking (1942 - 2018)
    Stephen William Hawking , CH CBE FRS FRSA was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. ...
  • Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1599 - 1658)
    Oliver Cromwell (born April 25, 1599 Old Style, died September 3, 1658 Old Style) was an English military and political leader best known for his involvement in making England into a republican Commo...
  • John Clare (1793 - 1864)
    John Clare b. July 13, 1793 Helpstone, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England, d. May 20, 1864 Northamptonshire County General Lunatic Asylum, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England buried St. Botolph...

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  • Douglas Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humorist and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Born in Cambridge.
  • Jeffrey Howard Archer Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician. Jeffrey has been married for 46 years to Dame Mary Archer DBE, who was, until October 2012, chairman of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (incorporating Addenbrooke's and the Rosie Hospitals).


  • Peter Boizot, MBE (born 1928) is an entrepreneur, restaurateur and art collector and philanthropist, renown as the founder of PizzaExpress. Born in Peterborough.


  • John Clare (13 July 1793 – 20 May 1864) was an English poet, the son of a farm labourer, who came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption. Clare was born in Helpston, six miles to the north of the city of Peterborough. which now lies in the Peterborough unitary authority of Cambridgeshire.
  • Thomas Clarkson (28 March 1760 – 26 September 1846), was an English abolitionist, and a leading campaigner against the slave trade in the British Empire. He was born on 28 March 1760 in Wisbech.
  • Jeremy Collier (23 September 1650 – 26 April 1726) was an English theatre critic, non-juror bishop and theologian, born in Stow cum Quy, Cambridgeshire
  • Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) Born in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. English military and political leader and later Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. member of Parliament for Huntingdon 1628-1629, Cambridge 1640-1649. More accurately - Huntingdonshire




  • Brian J. Ford (born 1939 in Corsham, Wiltshire [1]) is an independent research biologist,[2] author, and lecturer, who publishes on scientific issues for the general public. He has also been a television personality for more than 40 years. Fellow of University of Cambridge, an Honorary member of Keynes College.



  • Stephen Hawking CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (born 8 January 1942) is a British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009.
  • Octavia Hill (1838-1912) Housing Reformer
  • Francis Holcroft (1633-1692) First founder of churches on congregational principles. He was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, who had lion-like courage and was the first founder of churches on congregational principles. He matriculated at Clare Hall, Cambridge in 1647. For some years he voluntarily supplied the parish of Litlington, Cambridgeshire. About 1655 he accepted the living of Bassingbourne, Cambridgeshire, where he was a successful preacher. Holcroft eventually formed a church on congregational principles, and, after being ejected in 1662 from Bassingbourne, became a bitter opponent of episcopalianism. In 1663 Holcroft was imprisoned in Cambridge gaol, by order of Sir Thomas Chickley, for illegal preaching, but he was occasionally allowed by the warder to visit his congregations.




  • John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes of Tilton in the County of Sussex CB, FBA (5 June 1883 – 21 April 1946) was a British economist born in Cambridge.



  • Sir John Major, KG, CH, PC, ACIB (born 29 March 1943) is a British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1997. Member of Parliament for Huntingdon 1979-1983




  • Matthew Paris (Latin: Matthæus Parisiensis, lit. "Matthew the Parisian"; (c. 1200 – 1259) was a Benedictine monk, English chronicler, artist in illuminated manuscripts and cartographer. Believed by some historians to be of the Paris family of Hildersham, Cambridgeshire.
  • Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) Diarist, naval administrator, and MP. Educated at Cambridge University. He left to his university his immortal Diary and 3000 books. Pepys lived at Brampton for part of his boyhood and attended the Huntingdon Free School. He became Montagu's secretary in in 1660, after serving him in more minor capacities. He lived for a time in his house in Brampton which he inherited from his uncle and which still stands.



  • Gwen Raverat (1885–1957) - English wood engraving artist who co-founded the Society of Wood Engravers
  • Sir Frederick Henry Royce, 1st Baronet of Seaton, OBE (27 March 1863 – 22 April 1933) was an engineer and car designer, who with Charles Stewart Rolls founded the Rolls-Royce company. Born Alwalton, Peterborough which for ceremonial purposes it belongs to the county of Cambridgeshire






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