Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire

The historic fenland market town

Welcome to Whittlesey

The 17th Century 'Butter Cross' in the Market Place, Whittlesey

The 17th Century 'Butter Cross' in the Market Place, Whittlesey

Rescued and restored by Mr Burros in the 19th Century and by the District and County Council in the 20th Century.

 

Whittlesey is one of the four market towns of the Fenland District of Cambridgeshire, the others being Chatteris, March and Wisbech. (External websites will open in new window)

The town and parishes of Whittlesey in Fenland.

Whittlesey or Whittlesea is situated on a 'Fen Island' about 5 miles east of the City of Peterborough, and retains its railway station on the main line between Peterborough and Ely. The River Nene runs west to east a mile or so to the north of the town.

The name was spelt Witesie in the Domesday Book, and both Whitlesey and Whittlesey by Sir William Dugdale in his 'History of Imbanking and Drayning' (1662). It was really Whittles-ea (not Whittle-sea, 'ea' being Saxon for 'island'): the first syllable appears to have derived from the Saxon name 'Whitlingas' but we have ended up with Whittlesey which removes the argument!

Whittlesey is an ancient market town of two major Anglican ecclesiastical parishes, St Mary's and St Andrew's. The old parish of St Mary's was very extensive. There are two other smaller Anglican parishes, Pond's Bridge and Angle Bridge. Whittlesey also has a Roman Catholic parish serving the town that of St Jude the Apostle.

 

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Ramsey Rural Museum

We welcome Ramsey Rural Museum as new members of the Huntingdonshire websites. We look forward to working with Clive and his team to add further information about the Ramsey Rural Museum over the coming weeks.

The museum will be participating, along with numerous other locations, in the Ramsey Heritage Open Day on 14th September. Please follow the links for more information

News Date: 27/08/2014 10:55

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Change of October Demonstration

Unfortunately Frank Boddy will not be able to attend to give a cooking demonstration at our meeting in October as planned, but we hope to be able to substitute with something similar.
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News Date: 26/08/2014 19:12

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Are you organising an event in Whittlesey?

If you are, then you may use the link just below and add the details directly into the Huntingdonshire and Fenland Event Diary.

Forthcoming Events in or around Whittlesey

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Out of the Parish Event

Darby and Joan Club

Event venue - Corn Exchange

From 28/08/2014 14:00 until 28/08/2014 16:00

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Out of the Parish Event

Connections Youth Bus

Event venue - Little Paxton Village Hall Car Park

From 28/08/2014 19:00 until 28/08/2014 21:00

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Out of the Parish Event

GN Footwear SALE

Event venue - Main Hall @ Commemoration Hall

From 30/08/2014 09:00 until 30/08/2014 15:00

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Out of the Parish Event

Coneygear Park Gala 2014

Event venue - Coneygear Park

From 30/08/2014 11:00 until 30/08/2014 16:00

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Out of the Parish Event

Auction of Antiques, Collectables & General Items

Event venue - Hyperion Auction Salerooms

From 30/08/2014 11:00 until 30/08/2014 17:00

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More forthcoming events in Whittlesey
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THINK WHITTLESEY AND BEYOND!

This website is one of a group of over 50 linked community websites that cover the towns, villages and larger parishes of Huntingdonshire and now we are expanding into Fenland too. They are all joined together and share information such as county and district wide services, organisations, events and all the things that are available from website members in neighbouring communities.

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If you have run a business or local organisation in Whittlesey then follow the link below to see what membership can do to spread the message of your services, products, news and events across the district.

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This site is listed in the British Towns and Villages Encyclopaedia of Great Britain and we can be found in the entry for Whittlesey

Events in the parish