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St Mary's Church, Welney
Welney is located in Norfolk
 Welney shown within Norfolk
Area  20.73 km2 (8.00 sq mi)
Population 542 
   – density  26/km2 (67/sq mi)
OS grid reference TL526940
Civil parish Welney
District King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WISBECH
Postcode district PE14
Dialling code 01354
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°31′00″N 0°14′00″E / 52.5167°N 0.2333°E / 52.5167; 0.2333

Welney is a village and civil parish in the Fens of England, and the county of Norfolk. The village is situated immediately to the west of parallel Old Bedford River, River Delph and New Bedford River, which are here crossed by the A1101 road. The village is some 15 km (9.3 mi) south-west of the town of Downham Market, 30 km (19 mi) south of the town of King's Lynn and 70 km (43 mi) west of the city of Norwich. The county boundary with Cambridgeshire is adjacent, and the city of Cambridge lies 40 km (25 mi) to the south.[1]

It covers an area of 20.73 km2 (8.00 sq mi) and had a population of 528 in 217 households at the 2001 census,[2] the population increasing to 542 at the 2011 Census.[3] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

In the 14th century, Welney was called Wellenhe, meaning "a river called Welle" (the old name of the Old Croft River). In the second half of the 19th century, Welney became famous for its skaters.

Welney is situated on the Ouse Washes, an internationally important area of wildlife conservation. WWT Welney is a nature reserve in the care of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Nearby, there are also the RSPB Ouse Washes, a reserve managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Listen to Welney[edit]

The Church[edit]

The Church in Welney is called St Mary's Church which is named after the Virgin Mary.

The Cricket Club[edit]

The Welney Croft Cricket Club (WCCC)has been a centre of attention and social gathering for over 50 years for the locals to the village. The season begins in mid May and finishes in late September. It has a lovely ground and is one of the best maintained grounds for a village in the country.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 228 - March & Ely. ISBN 0-319-21860-0.
  2. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 August 2015. 

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