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St Peter's Church, Papworth Everard
Papworth Everard shown within Cambridgeshire
|Population||2,880 (2011 Census)|
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Papworth Everard is a village in Cambridgeshire, England. It lies ten miles west of Cambridge and six miles south of Huntingdon, having along its centre Ermine Street, the old North Road, the Roman highway that for centuries served as a major artery from London to York, which is now the A1198. A bypass now means that most traffic can avoid Ermine Street, and it is comprehensively traffic-calmed.
Today, Papworth Everard is a large village with a thriving community, home to substantial light industry and local business. It is also the centre for the Papworth Trust, a charity which offers housing and training to the disabled, and Papworth Hospital, renowned in the field of cardiology.
Before the Romans it is probable that there was some Bronze Age settlement in the area but when the Great North Road was built in 1 CE it is unlikely that there was anything we would now recognise as a village there. Roman rule collapsed in Britain in 410 CE. It was at least another two or three centuries before a Saxon immigrant leader, probably called 'Papa', established a small settlement about a quarter of a mile to the west of Ermine Street around the site of the present parish church Papworth means "the enclosure of Papa's people": they were also involved in establishing Papworth St Agnes and Papley Grove.
Following the Norman conquest of 1066 the village and land of Papworth were granted by the new king to a Norman knight, Everard De Beche, from whose name the second element of the village's name is derived.
Sport and recreation
Papworth Everard has a King George's Field in memorial to King George V. Adjacent to the playing fields are a bowling green (currently in the process of renovation) and a series of all-weather, floodlit tennis courts. The village also has an open-air paddling pool in its park.
Papworth Blasters is the village's local Association football team. They play their Home games at the King George V Playing Fields. They have varying age ranges of teams from under 8s to under 16s and a men's team.
Local facilities & services
Papworth Everard is served by a variety of local services, primarily based in the central location of Pendrill Court, between Chequers Lane and Ermine Street. This area is adjacent to the playing fields and so provides a central hub for the village. In addition to a combined pharmacy and doctors' surgery (on Chequers Lane) the village centre contains a convenience store incorporating a Post Office, a veterinary surgery, a coffee shop, a unisex hair salon, a chip shop, a library and, new in 2014, a very nice deli.
Even though there is a multi-gigabit link for Virgin Media within Papworth itself, telephony is via the remote Papworth St Agnes exchange. The distance to the exchange means that many properties in the area suffer from extremely poor broadband speeds. This is in stark contrast to many of the surrounding areas that will shortly be benefiting from the availability of British Telecoms 'Infinity' broadband services.
A number of new homes on the developing 'Summers Field' site are at the theoretical maximum distance from the exchange and broadband speeds here are reported to be absolutely dire.
Other exchanges in the area (Caxton, Madingley) are close to going live with super high speed broadband services and it is hoped that this will be extended to other exchanges of a comparable size such as Papworth St Agnes, although the residents are not holding their breath.
In response to the slow broadband speeds, a campaign was started in 2013 to bring superfast broadband to Papworth Everard. There are other means of obtaining broadband in Papworth Everard, as a company called Cambs wireless supplies the area via a local transmitter. The speeds available are considerably quicker than BT and other internet providers.
Currently, (January 2015), Virgin Media have almost completed their network roll-out in Papworth using a new narrow trenching technology system which will carry their Fibre Optic Cables direct to the home (FTTH)(²). The new network is estimated to reach at least 1,000 homes in Papworth with further plans to extend it in to the new Summers field development.
The company has announced that it will deliver super-fast broadband with speeds ranging from 50Mb to 152Mb alongside it's award winning TiVo TV services. There are no plans to introduce any Telco products at this stage.
In addition to the standard offering, Virgin Media will also be trialing an EPON broadband service which is reported to be capable of delivering up to 1Gb download / upload speeds (symmetrical service). This trial has already started with a few homes and will be rolled out to further Virgin Media customers in the area for free.
- Papworth Everard Parish Council
- Papworth Everard Community Discussion Forums
- Papworth Carriage Company-local taxi service in and around Papworth
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