Littleport, Cambridgeshire


Littleport, Cambridgeshire

infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 52.45
longitude= 0.29
official_name= Littleport
population = 7,521 (2001)
shire_district= East Cambridgeshire
shire_county = Cambridgeshire
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= North East Cambridgeshire
post_town= ELY
postcode_district = CB6
postcode_area= CB
dial_code= 01353
os_grid_reference= TL568868

Littleport is a large village in the Fens of Cambridgeshire, England, approximately 6 miles north of Ely and 6 miles south-east of Welney. It lies on the Bedford Level South section of the River Great Ouse, close to Burnt Fen and Mare Fen. There are two Primary schools in the village, Millfield Primary and Littleport Community school.

Littleport was the site of the Littleport Riots of 1816. War-weary veterans from the Battle of Waterloo had returned home, only to find that they could not get any work, and that the grain prices had gone up. They took to the streets and smashed shops and other buildings until troops came to put an end to the riots. Some original historical documents relating to the riots are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office Cambridge.

From 1979-1983, Jim Burns guitars were based in Padnal Road in Littleport. They produced guitars such as the Steer, popularized by guitarist Billy Bragg. Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

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