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Christchurch, Cambridgeshire

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Population  833 (2011)
Region  East
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Shire county  Cambridgeshire
Dialling code  01354
OS grid reference  TL4996
Country  England
Post town  Wisbech
District  Fenland
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Christchurch is a village in the Fenland district of Cambridgeshire, England. The population (including Tipp's End) of the civil parish at the 2011 Census was 833. The village is sited close to the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.

Map of Christchurch, Wisbech, UK

Christchurch has a small church, which was built in 1863 and consecrated in 1865. This is the source of Christchurch's claim to fame. The rector of the church from 1917 to 1928 was The Rev. Henry Sayers, father of the novelist, Dorothy L. Sayers. He and his wife were buried in unmarked graves in the churchyard at the behest of their daughter Dorothy. A plaque has since been installed in the churchyard to commemorate their interment. One of Sayers' novels, The Nine Tailors is set in the Christchurch and Upwell area.

The village was allegedly named after the church because of the two large oil paintings hanging in the nave. One depicts Christ crowned with thorns and the other his descent from the cross. Both were brought from Italy by the church’s architect, Sir Roger Pratt. Until the turn of the century, the village name was still spelt "Christ Church", and prior to that was known as Brimstone-Hill, presumably after the butterfly which used to be common in the area.

Village facilities include a small combined village school and preschool (http://www.townleyschool.org.uk/). There is also a public house, The Dun Cow, which is tithed to Elgood's Brewery of Wisbech. There is a recreation ground with football pitch and children's play area. The village playing field also has a skateramp, which was co-funded by donations and the Parish Council, and a new Village Hall is currently being built next to the Bowling green adjacent to the playing field.

The Parish Council website can be found here http://www.christchurchpc.btck.co.uk/

References

Christchurch, Cambridgeshire Wikipedia


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