Whitmore House

We are situated in the quaint Fenland town of Whittlesey, approximately six miles east of Peterborough, close to all amenities.

We are a family run four star rated bed and breakfast offering clean, comfortable accommodation with ground floor bedrooms that include en suite facilities, safe secure car parking, hair dryer & toiletries provided and ironing board available on request.

Each room is tastefully furnished with high quality, comfortable bedding, television, DVD player, and tea and coffee making facilities. A hearty, traditional farmhouse breakfast will be prepared and freshly cooked to order upon request. All produce is purchased locally from our high quality butchers and bakers. Special diets available (advance notice required).

Whitmore House is positioned in a central location that allows convenient access to Peterborough for work, shopping, cinema, theatre etc. Many local areas of interest are also on our doorstep including: Flag Fen, Ely Cathedral, Woodwalton Nature Reserve, the Scuba Diving Centre and a vast choice of well stocked fishing lakes.

History
Straw Bear

About Whittlesey

Whittlesey is located between the city of Peterborough, and the town of March, and is bordered to the north by the River Nene and Whittlesey Dyke to the south. Historically, Whittlesey was connected to Peterborough and March by the Roman road, Fen Causeway, constructed in the first century AD, a route approximately followed by the modern A605.

History

Before the draining of the fens, Whittlesey was an Island of dry ground surrounded by the marshy fens. Excavations of early Flag Fen includes a thriving local settlement from as far back as 1000 BC.

At one time, Whittlesey is thought to have had its own abbey but subsequently the town's parishes of St Mary's and St Andrew's were controlled by the abbeys in Thorney and Ely respectively until the dissolution of the monasteries. St Mary's church, which can be seen for miles and dates back to the fifteenth century, boasts one of the largest buttressed spires in Cambridgeshire.

The Buttercross is situated is the centre of the town and dates back to 1680; originally the place to sell market goods. Today, it is one of the town's most famous landmarks.

Straw Bear Festival

The Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival celebrates an old custom that on the Tuesday following Plough Monday (the 1st Monday after the Twelfth Night) one of the confraternity of the plough was dressed in straw and called a ‘Straw Bear’. Today sees the ‘Straw Bear’ on the streets accompanied by his attendant keeper, musicians and dancers. Various public houses are visited around the town as convenient places for the ‘bear’ and dancers to perform in front of an audience – with much-needed refreshments available.

Although the festivities begin earlier in the week, the Saturday is the only day on which the ‘Bear’ makes an appearance before the ‘Bear burning’ on the Sunday. This leaves the way open for a new bear to be created from the next season’s harvest.

Rail Links

The town has its own rail station that is linked between Peterborough and Ely, offering direct trains to Cambridge, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leicester, Stansted Airport and others.