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Welney is a village and civil parish in the Fens of England, and the county of Norfolk. The village is about 10 miles (16 km) south-west of the town of Downham Market, 20 miles (30 km) south of the town of King's Lynn and 45 miles (70 km) west of the city of Norwich. The county boundary with Cambridgeshire is adjacent, with the city of Cambridge 25 miles (40 km) to the south.[1]

Welney
St Mary's Church and water tower - geograph.org.uk - 432107.jpg
St Mary's Church, Welney
Welney is located in Norfolk
Welney
Welney
Location within Norfolk
Area20.73 km2 (8.00 sq mi)
Population542 (2011)
• Density26/km2 (67/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTL526940
Civil parish
  • Welney
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWISBECH
Postcode districtPE14
Dialling code01354
PoliceNorfolk
FireNorfolk
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
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Norfolk
52°30′58″N 0°14′06″E / 52.516°N 0.235°E / 52.516; 0.235Coordinates: 52°30′58″N 0°14′06″E / 52.516°N 0.235°E / 52.516; 0.235

Welney is immediately to the west of the Old Bedford River, River Delph and New Bedford River, which are all parallel channels and are here crossed by the A1101 road.

Welney is on the Ouse Washes, an area of wildlife conservation. WWT Welney, near the village, is a nature reserve in the care of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Nearby, there are also the RSPB Ouse Washes, a reserve managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The parish covers an area of 8 square miles (20 km2) and had a population of 528 in 217 households at the 2001 census; the population increased to 542 at the 2011 Census.[citation needed] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.[citation needed]

In the 14th century, Welney was called Wellenhe, meaning "a river called Welle" (the old name of the Old Croft River).[citation needed] In the second half of the 19th century Welney became significant for its skaters. On 21 February 1855, Turkey Smart of Welney became champion skater of the Fens. James Smart of Welney became champion on 21 January 1891. William Loveday of Welney came 2nd to James Aveling of March in the amateur championship.[2]

St Mary's Church in Welney is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 228 - March & Ely. ISBN 0-319-21860-0.
  2. ^ F.J.Gardiner (1898). History of Wisbech and Neighbourhood. Gardiner & Co.[page needed]

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