Little Downham

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Little Downham
Village sign in Little Downham - - 1764348.jpg
Green in Little Downham
Grid reference: TL518841
Location: 52°25’59"N, 0°13’59"E
Local Government
Council: East Cambridgeshire

Little Downham is a village in Cambridgeshire, within the Isle of Ely. It stands just 3 miles north of the pocket-sized City of Ely, and its parish includes the hamlet of Pymoor. It has an approximate population of 2660 with approximately 35 miles for footpaths around the parish.[1]

In the Domesday Book the village is called Duneham. At the time the Fenlands were mostly flooded, and the village is on a small rise of solid ground (visible today), suggesting its name form its low "down" or hill.

Local Nature Reserve

Little Downham has the first dedicated Local Nature Reserve in the area, which is situated adjacent to the Bishop's walk. It consists of four sections of land, measuring a total of 17 acres.

Local Events

  • Village fete in June
  • Mediæval Fair in June, held just outside of the village
  • Scarecrow Fair In September, held by the local primary school: the village lined with scarecrows for the week building up to the fair.
  • Ely New Year's Eve 10k Race, organised by Ely Runners, both begins and ends in Little Downham. The 2011 race featured 700 runners and involved one circuit of the fen around Little Downham.[2]

Little Downham Recreation Ground on School Lane has been given the status of a Queen Elizabeth II Field.

Fingerpost in Little Downham

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Little Downham)