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Whittlesey History

(Information taken from the Victoria History of the Counties of England 1953)

Whittlesey is situated just off the limestone belt of England, and has an extensive display of good domestic architecture. The most important buildings are the manor house and the Butter Cross.

The right to hold a market and three annual fairs was granted in 1715 to George Downes, steward to Richard Price and Nathaniel Webb, the lessees of the manors. The market had been discontinued for about twenty years in 1808, but the June fair, limited to one day only, was still kept up. Horses were the chief item of trade at this fair. Shortly before 1851 the market was revived 'and bids fair to become an excellent corn market', but in 1868 it was said that only 'the tradition of a market lingers about the place on Friday afternoons'.

Friday is still market day in Whittlesey.