The Littleport Riots: A Moving Exhibition in Adams Heritage Centre Window

The Littleport Riots: A Moving Exhibition in Adams Heritage Centre Window

Adams Heritage Centre is commemorating the Littleport Riots with a special window display throughout the month of May and into June. The Riots took place in May in the village 205 years ago and resulted in the hanging of 5 men. The Riots in Littleport and Ely happened between 22 and 24 May 1816. The riots were a result of starvation in the village due to very low wages, very high grain costs, and reflected…

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The Dedication of the Garden of Remembrance at Littleport Cemetery 15 May 2021

The Dedication of the Garden of Remembrance at Littleport Cemetery 15 May 2021

In 2018 Littleport Branch of The Royal British Legion wanted to make a Garden of Remembrance. Mr McGowen persuaded Littleport Parish Council to donate a plot of land at the entrance to the cemetery. Mr Jimmy Johnstone offered to make a sculpture befitting to the garden and along with his colleague Tony constructed the garden. Mr Goodearl and his wife Penny painted the boulders to represent the current Armed Forces. The Venerable David Fleming dedicated…

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Littleport Remembers

Littleport Remembers

Remembrance Day dawned like any other this year – and the citizens of Littleport were ready to attend the special November service as usual. Although there was no march through the village, cancelled due to the pandemic, the leaders and members of Littleport’s many organisations and groups still mustered at the parade’s objective, the War Memorial on the green opposite St George’s. Organised and conducted by Littleport Royal British Legion Branch President Garth McGowen, the…

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Littleport and an old skater’s dream of an outdoor ice stadium!

Littleport and an old skater’s dream of an outdoor ice stadium!

Most fairy stories begin with once upon a time, but this is no fairy story although it begins with that time-honoured phrase and ends with another, expressing a hoped-for ‘and they lived happily ever after!’ Once upon a time lots of ice speed skaters, bandy playing enthusiasts and thousands who just loved skating, including watching skating too, crowded into Littleport when the water on the Moors was frozen… How did this come about? A keen…

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The Littleport Society gives you a look into the past glories and fascinating facts about the village!

The Littleport Society gives you a look into the past glories and fascinating facts about the village!

Chair of the Society Roger Rudderham tells us about: Henrick Lindahl And The Littleport Challenge Cup The Littleport Skating Club advertised the first race for their Littleport Challenge Cup for the 23rd December 1892. The Fifty Guinea Challenge Cup was made of solid silver, weighed 100 ounces, and was two feet three inches in height and seventeen inches wide. Anyone winning the cup three times in succession was to be declared outright winner and owner…

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Maureen Scott tells us about the unveiling of the Thomas Peacock Blue Plaque Saturday, 4th June 2011

Maureen Scott tells us about the unveiling of the Thomas Peacock Blue Plaque Saturday, 4th June 2011

The day finally arrived when Thomas Peacock, the founder of Hope Brothers factory was officially recognised for all that he did for his home village of Littleport. Thanks are due to the family of his brother William (to whom he was very close) a plaque was presented as a gift to Littleport and unveiled by Valerie Beattie. Thomas was her great, great, great uncle. The Whitfield Group, who purchased the factory after its final closure…

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Mark Twain, W. H. Barrett & The Ship at Brandon Creek

Mark Twain, W. H. Barrett & The Ship at Brandon Creek

The Ship Inn at Brandon Creek (recently sadly closed) has a long and colourful history, with tales of hangings, witchcraft and (perhaps even stranger) a visit by Cliff Richard. It seems that there was an inn there as early as the 17th century, and it thrived under a succession of landlords and landladies during the 19th and 20th centuries. Walter Henry (“Jack”) Barrett was born on July 23 1891 and spent his formative years in…

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The Littleport Society

The Littleport Society

Caring for our heritage, our present and our future. What is The Littleport Society? A group of people who voluntarily work together in the interests of the community of Littleport. Founded in 1987 it is a non-political, non-sectarian organisation whose membership is open to residents and non-residents of all ages. Membership is open to anyone who has connections with, or an interest in, Littleport – wherever they might live! We have members as far afield…

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Littleport and Ely Timebank Welcomes You!

Littleport and Ely Timebank Welcomes You!

Do you live in or near Littleport or Ely? Do you sometimes wish for a return of those ‘good old days’ when people came together, to help each other, to get to know one another, to socialise, or simply to enjoy some good old-fashioned friendship and fun? Do you sometimes wish that there was a better way to connect with your community? Well, the good news is that we have such a group right here…

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Littleport’s Phoney War – A Period Exhibition and Film Show

Littleport’s Phoney War – A Period Exhibition and Film Show

Preparing for Invasion The old Blockhouse near the edge of a field on the left as you travel beside the river towards Queen Adelaide from The Swan on the River, formerly The Black Horse pub, is a reminder of what was going on all over East Anglia and the South East of England eighty years ago. From September 1939, in ports all along the northern coast of mainland Europe, Hitler was massing barges full of…

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