Holme, Cambridgeshire


Holme, Cambridgeshire

Infobox UK place
official_name= Holme
country= England
region= East of England
os_grid_reference= TL192877
latitude= 52.476
longitude= -0.248
post_town=
postcode_area=
postcode_district=
dial_code=
shire_county= Cambridgeshire
shire_district= Huntingdonshire
population=
hide_services= Yes

Holme – in Huntingdonshire (now part of Cambridgeshire), England – is a village near Connington south of Yaxley.

The village

Holme is a fairly small village and doesn't supply very many services to its population (around 700), although it has more facilities than many other villages in Cambridgeshire. The services the village does offer to its residents are:

*A pub called the 'Admiral Wells'
*A village shop which is also a post office
*A village hall
*A nature reserve
*A small business airport
*Large area of forests
*A large village green
*A primary school
*A 18th century church dedicated to St Giles.

Holme is surrounded by fields, forests and fens. Over the last few years Holme has grown substantially with around 36 new houses being built.

Holme Fen

Holme Fen, specifically Holme Posts, is believed to be the lowest land point in England at 9 metres below sea level. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2529365.stm|title=UK's lowest spot is getting lower|publisher=BBC] The location is marked by a cast-iron post, sunk into the peat in 1852 until it rested on the clay beneath. The drainage of the fens since then has resulted in the ground sinking by 4 metres since then leaving the post completely exposed.

The site is a 266 hectare National Nature Reserve (NNR) situated at the westernmost end of the East Anglian fens at the edge of the former Whittlesey Mere. It is home to a variety of birds, including the Eurasian siskin, Nightingale and Lesser redpoll, and around 450 species of fungi. [cite web|url=http://www.englishnature.org/special/nnr/nnr_details.asp?NNR_ID=88|title=Holme Fen NNR|publisher=Natural England]

Employment

*British Sugar Corporation
*The village school
*Agriculture and associated trades

However most of Holme's population work outside the village in Huntingdon or Peterborough.

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