From the time of the Normans Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely have been deemed to be the Ancient County of Cambridgeshire although there are those who would like to refer to the Isle as a separate entity. The Local Government reforms of 1974 took away the autonomy of Huntingdonshire and merged it with the Ancient County.

For the researcher this split of counties can become confusing especially when researching family history as Huntingdonshire is treated as a county on its own as it was pre-1974. More confusing can be the movement of parishes and parts of parishes between neighbouring counties.

This section deals with Cambridgeshire as three separate entities Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and the Isle of Ely. Geographically there are dividing lines and this allows the various structures within these areas to be identified more easily.

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