St Ives, Cambridgeshire

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Coordinates: 52°20′06″N 0°05′01″W / 52.3350°N 0.0837°W / 52.3350; -0.0837

St Ives is a market town in Cambridgeshire, England, around 24 kilometres (15 mi) north-west of the city of Cambridge and 110 kilometres (68 mi) north of London. It lies within the historic county boundaries of Huntingdonshire.

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History

Previously called Slepe, its name was changed to St Ives after the body, claimed to be that of a Persian bishop, Saint Ivo (not to be confused with Ivo of Kermartin), was found buried in the town. For the past 1,000 years it has been home to some of the biggest markets in the country, and in the thirteenth century it was an important entrepôt, and remains an important market in East Anglia.

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