St Peter's Church, Papworth Everard
|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. Running through its centre is Ermine Street, the old North Road (now the A1198) and the Roman highway that for centuries served as a major artery from London to York. A bypass now means that most traffic can avoid Ermine Street, and it is traffic-calmed within the village itself.
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 that offers housing and training to the disabled, and Royal Papworth Hospital, renowned in the field of cardiology.
Recent archaeological work in the area of the Papworth Business Park has shown that there was some Bronze Age activity in the area. In the Roman period when Ermine Street was built, in the first century AD, it is unlikely that there was as yet anything we would now recognise as a village there. However, the same archaeological work does shows signs of Romano-British activity, as well as the road. Roman rule collapsed in Britain in 410 AD. It was at least another two or three centuries before a Saxon 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. Indeed, 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. A moated area in the village is the remains of his castle.
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 King George's Field. They have varying age ranges of teams, from under 8s to under 16s and a men's team.
The village has a large and active running club from beginners all the way through to experienced marathon runners.
The village also has a cycling club which organise regular group rides on a Sunday and midweek rides during the summer months.
Local facilities and 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 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), veterinary surgery, unisex hair salon, chip shop, library, delicatessen and party business, while a coffee shop is expected soon. The village hall was reopened in 2015, under the control of the Parish Council. Plans remain to develop the old print works in the village into a micro-brewery and bakery, but at present these remain hopeful rather than firm. The redeveloped social club (formerly The Conservatory) opened as Rocky's Bar and Restaurant in August 2015. At the edge of the village is an Indian restaurant, Shilpa's.
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- "Brewery bakery micropub homes major development approved for Papworth Everard". Cambridge News.
- "Community Links". Papworth Everard Parish Council. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
- "Home". News & Views. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
- Papworth Everard Parish Council
- Papworth Everard Community Discussion Forums
- 'Papworth Everard', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Cambridgeshire, Volume 1, West Cambridgshire (London, 1968), pp. 196-198 [accessed 16 February 2016].
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