Manea, Cambridgeshire

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Manea is located in Cambridgeshire
Location within Cambridgeshire
Population2,088 (2011)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMARCH
Postcode districtPE15
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°29′N 0°10′E / 52.48°N 0.17°E / 52.48; 0.17Coordinates: 52°29′N 0°10′E / 52.48°N 0.17°E / 52.48; 0.17

Manea /ˈmn/ is a village and civil parish in the District of Fenland, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

The population (including Welches Dam) of the civil parish at the 2011 Census was 2,088.[1]

Significant landmarks are Manea railway station and RSPB Welches Dam nature reserve on the Ouse Washes.[2]

Manea men's football team compete in local leagues and cup competitions.


Stonea Camp, an Iron Age hill fort is located approximately 1 mile west of the village.

Manea was once a hamlet in the parish of Coveney, and in the seventeenth century was one of the sites where Charles I planned to build a new town, to be called Charlemont.[3] The village's parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas and was built in 1875 to replace an earlier building dating from 1791.[4] The village's brass band, the Manea Silver Band, was formed in 1882; it meets at Manea Methodist Chapel[5]

The Manea colony was set up in the 1830s at Manea Fen as an experimental Utopian community but failed after a couple of years. During September and October 2016 the Cambridge Archaeogival Unit (CAU) followed up geophysics surveys by Fenland Archaeological Society (FenArch) and conducted fieldwork as part of a HLF funded project.[6]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  2. ^ RSPB reserves guide: Ouse Washes
  3. ^ N. Walker & T. Craddock, The History of Wisbech and the Fens. R. Walker, 1849, page 139.
  4. ^ Genuki information about Manea
  5. ^ Manea Silver Band website
  6. ^ "Manea colony". Retrieved 11 January 2019.

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