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Cambridge is a university town and the county seat of Cambridgeshire, England, on the River Cam, about 50 miles north of London. At the 2011 United Kingdom Census, its population was 123,867, including 24,506 students. Cambridge became an important trading center during the Roman and Viking periods, and there is archaeological evidence of settlement in the area as early as the Bronze Age. The first city rights were granted in the 12th century, although the modern city status was officially granted only in 1951. Cambridge is home to the world famous University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209. The university includes King's College Chapel, the Cavendish Laboratory and the Cambridge University Library, one of the largest legal pawn libraries in the world.