Peterborough is a unitary government district with city status in the ceremonial county of Cambridgeshire, England. The area is named for its largest settlement, Peterborough, and includes a broader area of outlying villages and hamlets. Historically, the area was divided between Northamptonshire, Isle of Ely, and Huntingdonshire counties until 1974, when it became part of the short-lived county of Huntingdon and Peterborough before becoming part of the ceremonial county of Cambridgeshire. It borders Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire surrounding counties in England's East Anglia region. The county's population is 202,259, making it the second-largest county in East Anglia (after Norwich). The area was also part of the Soke of Peterborough and was a Saxon settlement during Anglo-Saxon times.
The district also includes
The county is also part of a built-up area around the neighboring settlements of Yaxley, Whittlesey, Alwalton, Crowland, and Market Deeping.
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