Black Horse Drove

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Black Horse Drove
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Black Horse Drove viewed from junction with Ten Mile Bank
Black Horse Drove is located in Cambridgeshire
Black Horse Drove
Black Horse Drove
Location within Cambridgeshire
OS grid referenceTL5991
• London71 miles (114 km)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEly
Postcode districtCB6
UK Parliament
List of places
52°30′00″N 0°21′08″E / 52.5°N 0.3522°E / 52.5; 0.3522Coordinates: 52°30′00″N 0°21′08″E / 52.5°N 0.3522°E / 52.5; 0.3522

Black Horse Drove is a linear hamlet that lies 7 miles (11 km) north-north-east of Ely in Cambridgeshire, England in the civil parish of Littleport . Black Horse Drove is located off the Ten Mile Bank, a long road which runs alongside the north-western bank of the river Great Ouse between Littleport and Southery in Norfolk.

Black Horse Drove is in the Fens and much of the village is around 6 feet (1.8 m) below sea level.

The estimated population of Black Horse Drove in 2010 was 220 in 93 dwellings.[1]


A Wesleyan chapel was built in 1843[2] and rebuilt in 1897 but it has now been converted to a private residence.

A school was built in Black Horse Drove c.1874 but due to overcrowding and its dangerous condition, a new school called the Coronation County Primary Junior and Infants School was built in 1937.[2] The old school was used as a community centre until 2008 when it was acquired by Littleport Parish Council and then refurbished. The community centre re-opened on 15 October 2011.[3]

The Black Horse public house was built c.1912 but has closed and is now a private residence.

In Black Horse Drove there is also a children's play area and a playing field.


There is a weekly bus service on Thursday mornings which leaves at 09:30 to Littleport, Prickwillow and Ely and returns at around 13:30

The nearest railway station is 5 miles (8.0 km) away at Littleport.


  1. ^ "Black Horse Drove Village Vision (draft)" (PDF). East Cambs District Council. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Atkinson, T D; Hampson, Ethel M; Long, E T; Miller, Edward; Wells, H B; Woodgate, G M G. "Ely Hundred:Littleport in A History of the County of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely: Volume 4, City of Ely; Ely, N. and S. Witchford and Wisbech Hundreds". British History Online. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  3. ^ "New Centre Opens at Black Horse Drove". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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