Chatteris History in Old Photos and Film

Chatteris Cambridgeshire England UK Local History

Glimpse history through old images of Chatteris, in Cambridgeshire, England.

The pretty market town of Chatteris is found in the Cambridgeshire Fenland district. It’s in a region called East of England and is 27 miles north of the historic university town of Cambridge.

The population of just over 8000 people has a sense of community spirit and many volunteers organise interesting and enjoyable local events for the town.

Thanks to Lenka Page from Pixabay for the photo at the top of this page. The Tamalik Air De Havilland Canada DHC-6-100 Twin Otter was acquired by the North London Parachute Centre (based in Chatteris) in 2010.

Road Repairs 1728

A seven page pamphlet from 1728 records necessary road repairs.

1728. Feb. 12. A Bill for Repairing the Road Leading from Chatteris Ferry, which Divides the Isle of Ely from the County of Huntingdon, to Somersham Bridge … in the Said County

A two page pamphlet about the same subject, published by “John Baskett, printer to the King’s most Excellent Majesty, and Thomas Norris, assignee to George Hills”, was called:

An Act for Repairing the Road Leading from Chatteris Ferry, which Divides the Isle of Ely from the County of Huntingdon, to Hammond’s Eau, and from Thence to Somersham Bridge, at Somersham Town’s End, in the Said County

Enteric Fever 1876

A Report to the Local Government Board on Enteric Fever in Chatteris was made in 1876.

County Franchise Debate 1884

Old Auction Particulars


Chatteris. Valuable & Productive Accommodation Arable Land … Close to the Railway Station of Chatteris … ; Also a Moiety of and in All that Valuable Freehold … Brick Tower Wind Mill … Conveniently Situate Adjoining the High Road from Chatteris to Somersham …To be Sold by Auction, by John Swan & Son Without Reserve, at the Geroge Hotel, Chatteris, on Friday, March 19, 1875, at Four O’clock Punctually


Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. Particulars and Conditions of Sale of a Valuable Estate … Known as “The Horseway Farm,” … and Arable and Pasture Land, Containing in the Whole 162a. 0r. 10p. …Will be Sold by Auction, by Dilley & Son at the Chatteris Corn Exchange, on Friday, the 26th Day of April, 1895, at Three for Four O’clock in the Afternoon


29th July, 1912. Chatteris, Isle of Ely. Dilley, Son & Read Have Received Instructions … to Sell by Auction, at “The Golden Lion” Hotel, St Ives, on Monday, 29th, 192, at 2 for 3 O’clock in the Afternoon, the Following Valuable Freehold Estate, Known as the Block Fen Estate … Containing in the Whole by Ordnance Survey … 400A. 2R. 36P.

Chatteris Remembers

Chatteris Remembers created a teaching resource for the Chatteris Remembers Heritage Lottery Funded Project, identifying local men who died in The Battle Of Passchendaele during the Great War (later known as World War I).

Chatteris Soldiers Who Died in The Battle Of Passchendaele WW1 – Chatteris Remembers on YouTube

Josie Simpson (1967)

Local teenager Josie Simpson and her father were filmed in their beautiful garden one sunny day in 1967. The 16-year-old was demonstrating the use of a Willow switch to devine a source of running water.

Water Diviner Aka Water Diving (1967) – British Pathé on YouTube

Chatteris in the 21st Century

The Crafty Fox Float, which was part of the 2001 Chatteris Festival.

Ed Purcell Chatteris Festival (2001) – Eddieabroad on YouTube

Medieval Festival (2009) 

Moments from the Medieval Festival, held on 27th June 2009.

Medieval Festival 2009 Chatteris Jester – SAinTheFens on YouTube

Chatteris Historic Parade (2010)

Lots of local people appear in this video of the walking Parade, and some local buildings in the background too.

Chatteris Historic Parade – innerscape on YouTube

Playing at the Skate Park (2011)

Views of the skate park and buildings surrounding it, from 2011.

Playing at the skate park in Chatteris, UK – 4 Mar 2011 dusoli

Chatteris Medieval Festival (2011)

Moments from the Medieval Festival on June 25th, 2011.

Chatteris Medieval festival 2011 – Nyree Scott on YouTube

Chatteris In Bloom (2011)

The audio quality isn’t good in this video as the interview takes place in the street, but Chatteris In Bloom Chairperson Sue Elam talks about the Anglia in Bloom 2011 results.

Chatteris in Bloom – Shapeyourplace on YouTube

Archaeological Dig: Cromwell Community College (2012)

Bill talks to Stephen Macauley and Rob Atkins from Oxford Archaeology East about the discovery of bronze and Iron age settlements in Chatteris.

Archaeological Dig at the Cromwell Community College – shapeyourplace on YouTube

Chatteris Diamond Jubilee Bunting (2012)

Chatteris celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Chatteris Bunting – innerscape on YouTube

Christmas Lights (2012)

Christmas Lights 2012 – 20TwentyProductions on YouTube

Chatteris ‘Anglia In Bloom’ Launch (2013)

Tree planting near the newly-refurbished bandstand for Anglia in Bloom.

ANGLIA IN BLOOM LAUNCH 2013 @ CHATTERIS – railway1033a on YouTube

Chatteris Community Hub Opens (2013)

A new Community Hub welcomes lots of local visitors to its opening event.

The opening of the new Chatteris Community Hub 8th August 2013 – Cambridgeshire County Council on YouTube

Chatteris Walking Parade (2014)

Lots of local people appear in this video of the Midsummer Walking Parade in 2014.

Chatteris Walking Parade 2014 – David Johnson on YouTube

Chatteris Remembrance Parade (2014)

100 years on from the start of WWI Chatteris remembers its heroes. Lest We Forget.

Chatteris remembrance parade 2014 – Vincent Hopper

Chatteris Festival Parade (2015)

Chatteris Mid-Summer Festival Parade 2015 – RatedMedia – Broadcast Production on YouTube

Fenland Broom Dance Heritage Open Day (2015)

Sam and Nicky Stockman perform the Broom Dance as part of the 2015 Heritage Open Day.

Fenland Broom Dance Heritage Open Day, Chatteris 2015 – chras1 on YouTube

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