The Cage, Parson Drove.
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Parson Drove is a village in the Fens, in Cambridgeshire, England. A linear settlement, it is approximately 7 miles (11 km) west of Wisbech, the nearest town. The village is named after the central thoroughfare along which the village developed, a green drove, much wider than the current metalled road (B1166). The population (including Murrow and Tholomas Drove) at the 2011 Census was 1,339. The population is included in the civil parish of Wisbech St Mary.
The area was originally farmed by the Romans, who left evidence of their presence in several places throughout Parson Drove and the surrounding parish.
Samuel Pepys wrote about Parson Drove in his diaries in 1663, describing it as a "heathen place" where he stayed on 17 and 18 September, and apparently had his horse stolen.
The Drove has many buildings dating from the 16th century, 10 of which are Grade II Listed Buildings. The village has three pubs, including The Swan Inn, in which Pepys stayed in the 17th century. The village has three churches, two of which are historically interesting:
- The Emmanuel Church (also called the "New Church") dates from 1873 and contains chandeliers originally from St Paul's Cathedral
- St John the Baptist (also called the "Old Church") dates from the 12th century, and includes additions and renovations from the 14th, 15th, and 17th centuries. It is a Grade II* listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
The Cage was built in 1829 as a village lock-up for local criminals and stray livestock and housed the village fire pump for nearly 100 years.
The village is served by the Alderman Payne Primary School - formerly known as the Payne County Primary School, the Payne Council School and the Parson Drove Council School. It is a designated Community School operating under the control of Cambridgeshire County Council. The school is named for Alderman John William Payne.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
- Historic England, "Church of St John the Baptist, Parson Drove (1331998)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 20 December 2013
- Church of St John the Baptist, Parson Drove, Cambridgeshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 25 March 2011
- Archives, The National. "The Discovery Service". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
- "Types of schools". Cambridgeshire County Council. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
- ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110609180400/http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/38D0C6DE-5558-4EED-B2D3-2F08CC02F751/0/ParsonDrove.pdf
- ^ http://www.parsondrove-pc.org.uk/
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Parson Drove.|
- The Parson Drove village website: http://www.parsondrove-pc.org.uk/
- The Wisbech St Mary parish website: http://www.wisbechstmary.org.uk/