Manea, Cambridgeshire

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Manea is located in Cambridgeshire
Manea shown within Cambridgeshire
Population 2,088 (2011)
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MARCH
Postcode district PE15
EU Parliament East of England
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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 in the District of Fenland, Cambridgeshire, England. The population (including Welches Dam) of the civil parish at the 2011 Census was 2,088.[1] It is an expanding village in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Notable features are Manea railway station and RSPB Welches Dam nature reserve on the Ouse Washes.[2] The area has been inhabited for centuries, and 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 Manea was one of the sites where Charles I was planning 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 has a brass band, Manea Silver Band founded in 1882, which meets for practices in Manea Methodist Chapel[5] and a men's football team, who compete in local leagues and cup competitions.

In 2016, the first village election took place for the superficial position of village mayor. This resulted in Chris Harvey-Hawes being elected as mayor for the village in a vote cast in the summer (08/08/2016). He ran on a platform of engaging with the youth of the village and ensuring activities were unaffected by recent building activity. The mayoral election will be ran annually in the future. To contact the mayor for events within the village contact


  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

External links[edit]

  • Manea Parish Council
  • Manea Connect, village website run by a group of volunteers whose aim it is to inform villagers about Manea events, groups and clubs and contact details for other services that are available in and around Manea, such as transport links/timetables, the Doctors' Surgery hours, contact details for the local schools and emergency services.