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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Are you organising an event in Whittlesey?

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Forthcoming Events in or around Whittlesey

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Out of the Parish Event

Huntingdon Farmer's Market

Event venue - Huntingdon Market Place

From 02/01/2015 08:00 until 02/01/2015 14:00

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Out of the Parish Event

St Ives Farmer's Market

Event venue - The Pavement

From 03/01/2015 08:30 until 03/01/2015 14:00

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St Neots Farmer's Market

Event venue - St Neots Market Place

From 10/01/2015 08:30 until 10/01/2015 14:00

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Out of the Parish Event

Sleeping Beauty

Event venue - Burgess Hall

From 13/01/2015 19:30 until 13/01/2015 22:00

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Out of the Parish Event

Langley Bread

Event venue - Corn Exchange

From 14/01/2015 10:30 until 14/01/2015 12:00

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

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