Little Downham

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Coordinates: 52°25′59″N 0°13′59″E / 52.433°N 0.233°E / 52.433; 0.233

Little Downham
Little Downham is located in Cambridgeshire
Little Downham
Little Downham
 Little Downham shown within Cambridgeshire
OS grid reference TL518841
District East Cambridgeshire
Shire county Cambridgeshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament East of England
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UK
England
Cambridgeshire

Situated in the east of Cambridgeshire, the village of Little Downham is located just 3 miles (5 km) north of the city of Ely. The Parish of Little Downham comprises Little Downham and Pymoor. It has an approximate population of 2660 with approximately 35 miles for footpaths around the parish.[1]

Village sign showing a different version of the village's name

It was one of only two sites in Cambridgeshire to be covered by the Survey of English Dialects.

In the Domesday Book the village is called Duneham. At the time the Fens were mostly flooded, and the village is on a small rise of solid ground (visible today), so there may have been 'dunes' there.

Local Nature Reserve[edit]

Little Downham has the first dedicated Local Nature Reserve in East Cambridgeshire which is situated adjacent to the Bishop's walk. It consists of four sections of land, measuring a total of 17 acres.[2][3]

Local Events[edit]

Each year a village fete is staged in June and in the same month a Medieval Fair is held just outside of the village. In September the local primary school organises a Scarecrow Fair, that sees the village lined with Scarecrows for the week building up to the fair. The annual Ely New Year's Eve 10k Race, organised by Ely Runners, both begins and ends in Little Downham. The 2011 race featured 700 runners and involved one circuit of the fen around Little Downham.[4]

Bishop's Palace[edit]

The village contains the grade II listed remains of the old Bishop's Palace formerly used by the Bishops of Ely.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visit Ely" Website
  2. ^ "Little Downham". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Map of Little Downham". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ely New Year's Eve 10k Race". 

External links[edit]

Media related to Little Downham at Wikimedia Commons