Another famous son of Whittlesey is the renowned author L. P. Hartley.

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The town's two parishes of St Mary's and St Andrew's were controlled by the abbeys in Thorney and Ely respectively until the Dissolution of the Monasteries (c.1540). The two parishes of St Mary's and St Andrew's were combined for administrative purposes by the Whittlesey Improvement Act of 1849. Despite the proximity of Peterborough, Whittlesey is in the Diocese of Ely.

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.

Fire crews attended a series of arson attacks on cars in Peterborough on Bank Holiday Monday.

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Work to strengthen the banks of the Whittlesey Washes flood reservoir have finished a year early and £10 million under budget.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for 15-year-old Chace Dawkins who has not been seen since the evening of Sunday August 14.

Other regular activities that the church provides are detailed below and details of specific occurrences can be found in the Events Calendar:

EastEnders actor David Proud, the first disabled actor to have a regular disabled role in the show, lived in Whittlesey and attended Sir Harry Smith Community College. The Supportive Skills department at the school is named 'The David Proud Suite' in his honour.[35]

A Whittlesey shop owner has put a sign up in his window to deter players of Pokemon Go - and help them get their “lives back”.

The Bear dances to a tune (reminiscent of the hymn "Jesus Bids us Shine") which featured on Rattlebone and Ploughjack, a 1976 LP by Ashley Hutchings,[30] along with a spoken description of the original custom (which partly inspired the Whittlesey revival).

The following are our normal regular event times, but please check the Events Calendar for any particular weekly variations.

Whittlesey, historically known as Whittlesea (as the name of the railway station is currently spelt) or Witesie, is an ancient Fenland market town around 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Peterborough, in the Fenland district of Cambridgeshire in England. With the neighbouring villages of Coates, Eastrea, Pondersbridge and Turves, it had an population of 16,058 at the 2011 Census.

Whittlesey appears in the Cartularium Saxonicum (973 A.D.) as Witlesig, in the Domesday Book as Witesie, and in the Inquisitio Eliensis[2] (1086 A.D.) as Wittleseia. The meaning is "Wit(t)el’s island", deriving from either Witil, "the name of a moneyer", or a diminutive of Witta, a personal name; + "eg", meaning "'island', also used of a piece of firm land in a fen."[3]

An incredibly brave child has defied doctors’ expectations by taking her first steps after eight hours of surgery and a blood transfusion.

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The Whittlesey Festival left the town’s mayor bamboozled and brought smiles to the many families who enjoyed the sun and various attractions last Sunday.

Aside from hearing more about Whittlesey’s mud walls, there is much to savour at this year’s Whittlesey Festival.

St Mary's church dates back to the fifteenth century, but the majority of the building is later, and the church now boasts one of the largest buttressed spires in Cambridgeshire.[11] The church contains a chapel (formerly a school-room) which was restored in 1862 as a memorial to Sir Harry Smith.[12]

Whittlesey was noted for its brickyards, around which the former hamlet of King's Dyke was based for much of the 20th Century, although only one now remains following the closure of the Saxon brickworks in 2011.[8]

A spectacular day of colour and music is planned for the Whittlesey Festival.

Two people have been injured after a crash which is blocking the road between Peterborough and Whittlesey.

The Market Place, located in the centre of Whittlesey, is still the site of the town's market, held every Friday. A right to hold a weekly market was first granted in 1715, although there have been several periods since then during which the market did not function, for example from the late 1700s until c. 1850.[14] Because of the nearby city of Peterborough, the market is no longer of great importance to the town.[14]

The local clay soil was also used to make mud boundary walls during a period in which there was a tax on bricks, some examples of these roofed walls still stand today and are unique in Fenland.

Century-old mud walls in Whittlesey are being treasured by a new group which wants to preserve them for future generations.

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The town has one secondary school, Sir Harry Smith Community College (opened in 1953 on the site of Whittlesey Workhouse),[22] and three primary schools. There is also another primary school in the neighbouring village of Coates.

'Sessions' of traditional music take place in many of the public houses during the day and evening, and a barn dance or ceilidh and a Cajun dance round off the Saturday night.[31] The bear "costume" is burned at a ceremony on Sunday lunchtime[32] (just as, in Germany, the Shrovetide bear costumes are also ceremonially burned after use).[33]

Local food from local producers - St Neots Town Council Council hold a regular Farmer's Market in the Market Place. Our definition of local is within 30 miles radius of St Neots, going up to 50 miles for products which cannot be sourced more loca

St Andrew's is a mixture of perpendicular and decorated styles and has records back to 1635.[13]


Whittlesey was also infamous for its number of public houses; folk lore dictates that, at one time, there were 52 - one for each week of the year.[9] In 1797, a local farmer, when writing his diary, noted that 'they like drinking better than fighting in Whittlesea'.[10]

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)

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In other history, Whittlesey was an important trade route in the late Bronze Age (about 1100-800 BC), where civilisations traded with many places, including the Balkans. Such evidence is clear at the important archeological site of Must Farm, where log boats, roundhouses, bowls with food in them, and the most complete wooden wheel were housed.

On Plough Tuesday, the day after Plough Monday (the first Monday after Twelfth Night), a man or boy was covered from head to foot in straw and led from house to house where he would dance in exchange for gifts of money, food or beer. The festival was of a stature that farmers would often reserve their best straw for the making of the bear.[29]

Organised in support of the Alzheimers SocietyLive music from SHADES OF GREY plus guests. Fish and chip supper (alternative chicken or veggie). Licensed bar.

The custom died out early in the 20th century, c.1909 (probably because the local police regarded it as begging), but it was resurrected by the Whittlesea Society in 1980.[29]

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