Whittlesey welcomes new homes
Whittlesey (sometimes still known by the slightly older name of Whittlesea) is a historic market town which is now part of Fenland District in the beautiful county of Cambridgeshire. New houses are being built in various locations in the town and nearby, giving a wide choice of modern homes.
Located just outside the vibrant city of Peterborough and in close proximity to the attractive town of March, Whittlesey is a popular destination for new homeowners.
Bordered to the north by the River Nene and to the south by the Whittlesey Dyke, it’s a great location for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors. Being situated so close to the fenlands, there’s an abundance of good walks and established waterways to explore.
House prices in Whittlesey
The average house value in Whittlesey is around £210,000. Terraced properties sell for an average of £151,000 and, towards the top of the local market, detached homes sell for an average of £252,000.House prices from Zoopla, December 2018
Shopping and leisure in Whittlesey
At one time in its history, Whittlesey was famous for its pubs and drinking culture. There were said to be 52 of them – one for each week of the year. In 1797, a local farmer noted in his diary "they like drinking better than fighting in Whittlesea."
There are fewer pubs now but still a good selection – together with a number of restaurants. Many are clustered around the historic Market Place where a market is held every Friday. There is also a good selection of local shops in the town centre.
A little further afield, Whittlesey residents can take full advantage of all that Peterborough has to offer. As well as great shopping and large supermarkets, this heritage city boasts a spectacular cathedral, a local museum and wonderful green spaces, a theatre and a modern multiscreen cinema.
Whittlesea railway station, which still uses the town name's older spelling, is on the Ely to Peterborough line. It has direct trains to Cambridge, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leicester, Stansted Airport, Ely, Ipswich and Peterborough, from where fast trains will whisk you to London in under an hour.
The A605 which runs through the centre of town links Whittlesey to the city of Peterborough – as do regular local bus services which also run to nearby towns and villages.
Education in Whittlesey
Whittlesey has a thriving secondary school, Sir Harry Smith Community College, and a number of primary and nursery schools.
A brief history of Whittlesey
If you are thinking of a new home in Whitttlesey you’ll be following in a long line. The town has some of the oldest surviving (well, almost surviving) houses in Britain. At nearby Must Farm archaeologists have found the remains of a Bronze Age settlement which has been described as "Britain's Pompeii" due to its relatively good condition. At least five homes dating back 3,000 years have been found, along with Britain's most complete prehistoric wooden wheel.
Around 2,000 years later, Whittlesey appears in the Domesday Book as Witesie.
Before the draining of the fens, it was an island of dry ground surrounded by the marshy fens. Whittlesey Mere was a substantial lake surrounded by marsh. Now the town is surrounded by some of the UK’s most fertile farmlands.
Brick-making, based on the clay which underlies the area and comes to the surface between Whittlesey and Peterborough, was a substantial local industry through the 19th and 20th centuries but there is now only one brickworks still operational.
The museum in the Old Town Hall demonstrates the natural and cultural heritage of Whittlesey and the surrounding area.
The town hosts the unique annual ‘Straw Bear’ (or ‘Strawbower’) festival every January.
It is one of several quirky little traditions that are a part of Whittlesey’s wonderful history, making it a popular place for individuals, couples and families alike looking for a new home.
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