Looking back at the unveiling of the Thomas Peacock Blue Plaque Saturday, 4th June 2011 with Maureen Scott of the Littleport Society

Looking back at the unveiling of the Thomas Peacock Blue Plaque Saturday, 4th June 2011 with Maureen Scott of the Littleport Society

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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Remembering Bill Sharp’s Uncles – 100 years after Passchendaele

Remembering Bill Sharp’s Uncles – 100 years after Passchendaele

Bill and Joan Sharp with family; children Beverley &husband John, son Graham, son Simon & wife Sharon, grandchildren, Adrian Harley, Liam, granddaughter Eleanor & Luke, her partner, & Natalie. Bill Sharp’s full name is William Cecil Sharp. Well, what of it you may ask. Bill’s mother’s maiden name was Susan Harley – and both her brothers, William and Cecil Harley, were killed in 1917, fighting for their country in the first world war. They were…

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Spotlight on the Littleport Society

Spotlight on the Littleport Society

The Littleport Society has an unrivaled collection of historic exhibits illustrating the past centuries of Littleport’s fascinating history including maps, pictures, artifacts and manuscripts, as well as its unique library of genealogical documents which contain the family histories of so many Littleport’s residents from the past 400 years. All this plethora of interesting ephemera is housed upstairs to the parish council offices at The Barn, Main Street, CB6 1PH. They held a very successful weekend…

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Tales of long ago in the Fens

Tales of long ago in the Fens

This is a true story of a little girl who grew up in the Fens. When she was born she lived briefly with her mother and grandparents. Their home was a house near the railway line, near Downham Market on the border of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. When she was 2 years old went to permanently live with her aunt and uncle who had just got married and had no children. They lived at the side…

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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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