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Let's chat about Chatteris #FocusFriday

Updated: Oct 27, 2023


Chatteris is a large town and is in an excellent location for those who need to commute as it is close to Cambridge, Huntingdon, and Peterborough.

There is a map of the town at the bottom of this page along with a guide to local services and amenities.


The history of Chatteris stretches from its time as a seaside town in the Neolithic era to evidence of the area being inhabited when people first roamed Britain before it was even called Britain! The Chatteris museum now moved and you can visit to see the tools that date back over 700,000 years, as well as some rare bronze age weapons. Their website is being renovated too but you can get info here on their Facebook page.

The modern Chatteris has much to offer to people thinking of moving to the area, and for a larger town, it retains a a vibrant community spirit and cohesion as shown through the numerous events and festivals. Aside from the regular Friday Chatteris Market - which offers a range of local produce and a fishmongers - there is the Chatteris Midsummer Festival at the end of June. . You can find out more on their webpage here.

You've got plenty to choose from for activities in the area whether it's exercise and fitness at the Chatteris leisure centre, or something bit more ambitious such as a visit to the Skydiving Centre, or taking advantage of some of the green spaces around Chatteris like Little Acre Fen Pocket Park or the Chatteris Circle Walk.


After you've worked up a thirst and an appetite, Chatteris provides a varied range of options for food and drink. I can personally vouch for the breakfast at the Green Welly Garden Centre and Cafe and a warm welcome awaits you at The Ship Inn pub! If you want food and a place to stay, then you can try The George Hotel - a coaching Inn dating back to the 1800s - or The Bramley House.

Chatteris has a notable sporting claim to fame through boxer Eric Boon - also known as Boy Boon and the Fen Tiger. Born 28th December 1919 in Chatteris, Boon went on to become the British Lightweight Champion, and will forever be in the record books as taking part in the first televised boxing match in 1939. His bout against Arthur Danahar was broadcast on BBC and also shown live in some cinemas.


Before we get the view of a current resident of Chatteris, we couldn't do this blog without mention of the musical tribute to the town by cult band Half Man Half Biscuit. A song about Chatteris? Indeed, have a listen to "For What is Chatteris..."



It's always good to get a resident's view about a village or town, so I asked a client of mine - Jane Savery, to give her view on life in Chatteris:

"We moved to Chatteris in October 2021 as we had decided we wanted to live nearer my brother who moved to Friday Bridge in March 2022. We had a little idea about the area as when we visited him, we would go on day trips out and we also lived with him for 7 weeks while our house was being finished.

We fell in love with our house on our first viewing and were so glad that we did not get beaten by another buyer while we sold our property. Gavin was fantastic during our buying and selling process.

Chatteris is so much more that we originally thought. We downloaded a walking guide of the town on New Year’s Eve and found out some history and saw some local things of interest which we would never have seen or understood without the guide.

There are some lovely tea and coffee shops to visit in town, some really good restaurants including a Turkish and an Indian restaurant, a local town bowls club, a post office and of course a hotel and pubs.

There is a lovely sense of community with Chatteris in Bloom, a group of volunteers who work with the community and local business to help brighten the town. There are also, as in many other places, a variety of Chatteris Facebook Groups

Just outside of town is a great garden centre with coffee shop and restaurant (Skylarks) with a maize maze and funyard for the children and we are not far from Ely, Huntington and other towns that offer lots to do and see.

We are so pleased that we moved to Chatteris, we love it here."

If you are thinking of moving and would like some assistance with selling your current home, or finding a new one, don't hesitate to get in touch - details can be found here on my contact page.

Transport:

The nearest station is Manea, 6 miles away and can get you to Cambridge in 45mins.


Education:

The nearest primary schools are both local:

The nearest secondary schools are both 6miles away:

Medical:

The local doctors surgery:

The local dentists:

The nearest hospital:





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