End of an Era

End of an Era

It was the end of an era for Littleport as we know it, when The Old Butcher’s Shop Café in Station Road, finally closed its doors on December 8th 2016. Before that, the actual butcher’s shop in Main Street had shut due to its proprietor’s retirement. Those two establishments that served Littleport so well, had been owned and run by that popular and hard-working couple, Andrew and Jenny Binks I caught up with them at…

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The Littleport Society

The Littleport Society

Every Tuesday afternoon upstairs at The Barn, HQ of the Parish Council, you are invited to visit the Littleport Society archives. There is a fascinating selection of old photographs, books and other items of memorabilia, and chair Roger Rudderham, is always there to answer any questions you may have. Bruce Frost, treasurer, membership secretary and family tree researcher is there as much as he can too. Their meetings are held in The Village Hall on…

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The WI Gets Cleaning

The WI Gets Cleaning

Littleport WI has been exceptionally busy these last few weeks, having organised and taken part in the cleaning and repainting of the Littleport Village sign. The original sign was donated to the village in 1984 to commemorate the WI’s 75th anniversary and the new one installed in 2001. It was crafted in seasoned oak by sculptor Jeremy Turner and is extremely impressive – depicting many aspects of the history and life of Littleport. However, it…

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How King Canute came to stay in Littleport!

How King Canute came to stay in Littleport!

Told by Roger Rudderham The fame of Ely spread in the middle ages due to the shrine of St. Ethelreda and the miracles that were attributed to her. Ely Abbey was even patronised by King Canute and Queen Emma, who particularly enjoyed the singing of the choir and always visited the abbey for the Feast of Purification. The third Abbot, appointed in 1019, was Leofwine, but unlike his predecessors, who according to the Liber Eliensis…

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Littleport War Memorial

Littleport War Memorial

Over the course of recent years I have put together some research into the men who are listed on the Littleport War Memorial as having died in the Great War. The result of the work is now ready for viewing but it is not being published in book form. The work will be made available for viewing, free of charge, in the Heritage Centre. Any person who wishes to look at the work is welcome…

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The Day The Fen Tigers Revolted

The Day The Fen Tigers Revolted

By Roger Rudderham, on behalf of The Littleport Society An extract from an article by the late James Wentworth-Day “A farm wagon, drawn by four black horses lumbers towards the city of Ely. Four muzzle loading punt guns, each eight feet long and loaded with a pound of swan shot, stick fore and aft out of the wagon like the long guns in a battleship’s turret. Behind the wagon march along the rugged peaty road,…

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The Lee Family of Littleport

The Lee Family of Littleport

Here we bring you a tale of one family’s life and times during the 20th Century…Elaine Lee tells us this is In Memory of Jack Lee, General Builder, Station Road, Littleport It was February 28th 1912 when Nellie Lee gave birth to her sixth child, a boy they named Jack. The labour was long and the birth difficult, and Susie who was 13 was running in and out of the room obeying orders given by…

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The Story Behind Coleby’s, the Shop in Granby Street

The Story Behind Coleby’s, the Shop in Granby Street

When July arrives, I always know that I will be volunteering myself for stewarding the Littleport 10k run which starts off and finishes at the Leisure Centre, writes Cathy Gibb. During one of my stewarding patches for the 2015 run, which happened to be the final stretch of the route on Camel Road, I encountered an enthusiastic spectator who asked if I had seen his brother Harry run past yet after describing him to me….

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Littleport History

Littleport History

First published 25 years ago – this article by Maureen Fresco is as interesting now as it was then! Everyone in the Fens knows Littleport; they had riots there didn’t they? Yes, as far back as the 13th century the people had rioted against the threatened drainage of the Fens when they thought that their livelihood was threatened, but the Littleport Riots of 1816 was an entirely different thing. Farm workers and men returning home…

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The Littleport Society – Finding Your Past

The Littleport Society – Finding Your Past

In the 1980’s a new hobby began to grip the Nation, – researching family history. In fact many people around the World wanted to know their roots by discovering their ancestral origins, and Family History Societies soon sprang up in most counties to enable people with common ancestry to swap and exchange information. County Record Offices, which had once only been the preserve of a few dedicated historians, now became inundated with people wanting to…

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