We opened our office in March in September 2015. Located on the High Street, our team of residential sales and lettings experts are on hand seven days a week to help customers who are looking to buy or sale, rent or let or who simply want to pop in for an informal and friendly chat about their property requirements. 

 

March is a Fenland market town and civil parish in the Isle of Ely area of Cambridgeshire, England. March was the county town of the Isle of Ely which was a separate administrative county from 1889 to 1965. It is now the administrative centre of Fenland District Council. The town grew by becoming an important railway centre. Like many Fenland towns, March was once an island surrounded by marshes. It occupied the second largest "island" in the Great Level. As the land drained, the town grew and prospered as a trading and religious centre. It was also a minor port before, in more recent times, a market town and an administrative and railway centre.

March is situated on the banks of the old course of the navigable River Nene, and today mainly used by pleasure boats. Modern March lies on the course of the Fen Causeway, a Roman road and there is evidence of Roman settlements in the area.

 

Before the draining of the fens, March was effectively an island in the marshy fens. It was formed from two settlements, Merche and Mercheford, separated by a canal. The town probably owes its origin to the ford on the old course of the River Nene, where the road between Ely and Wisbech, the two chief towns of the Isle of Ely, crossed the river. At one time shipping on the River Nene provided the basis of the town's trade, but this declined with the coming of the railways in the 19th century.

 

A single arch bridge was built over the River Nene towards the north end of the town in 1850. High Street, which is the chief thoroughfare, is continued over the bridge to Broad Street on the north side of the Nene, and The Causeway is lined with a fine avenue of elm and other trees.

 

With a long history of trading, in the reign of Elizabeth I, March was a minor port. In 1566 eight boats, capable of carrying one, one and a half, or two cartloads, were used in the coal and grain trades. A certain amount of traffic in coal and other commodities, carried in barges, was observed by Dugdale in 1657. Local tradesmen's tokens of 1669, and a silver shilling token of 1811, have been noted. Originally a market appears to have been held near the original town (then village) centre, on land beside The Causeway. A Market Cross (now called The Stone Cross) points towards the existence of an early market and this cross was erected in the early 16th century. The town was an important railway centre, with a major junction between the Great Eastern Railway and Great Northern Railway at March railway station.

 

With an annual festival and Christmas light switch on there is a good community spirit in this town. There are a variety of local and national retailers, doctor’s surgeries, dentists, cafes and many other shops and businesses.

 

Travel Information

Trains:

March Train Station: Tel: 0845 748 4950

Distance from St Ives: 22 miles

Distance from Chatteris: 9 miles

Cross country line from Peterborough to Ely. The station is 14 miles (23km) east of Peterborough on the Ely to Peterborough line. The important cross-country regional route between Ely and Peterborough still runs through the station as well as many freight trains.

Cambridge train station – Distance from March: 35 miles

Peterborough train station – Distance from March: 20 miles

 

Planes:

Stansted airport – Distance from March: 60 miles

Cambridge airport – Distance from March: 32 miles

Birmingham International Airport – Distance from March: 96 miles

Heathrow Airport – Distance from March: 101

 

Road Links:

March – Cambridge 36 miles

March – London 94 miles

March – Peterborough 20 miles

March – Birmingham 103 miles

March – Huntingdon 23 miles

March – Ely 20 miles

 

Schools

Secondary Schools:

Neale-Wade Academy, Wimblington Road, March, Cambridgeshire.  PE15 9PX  Tel: 01354 606000 office@neale-wade.org  www.neale-wade.org

 

 

 

Primary Schools:

Westwood Primary School, Maple Grove, March, Cambridgeshire.  PE15 8JT  Tel: 01354 653033 office@westwood.cambs.sch.uk  www.westwood.cambs.sch.uk

Burrowmoor Primary School, Burrowmoor Road, March, Cambridgeshire.  PE15 9RP  Tel: 01354 652330  office@burrowmoorprimary.org  www.burrowmoor.net

 

Restaurants

Please update the restaurants section with the following information:

Plate & Porter - Extensive A’ La-Carte menu for lunch.  The quality of food here is excellent and very well presented, as is the service.  Tel: 01354 660322  www.plateandporter.co.uk (http://www.plateandporter.co.uk/)

Royal Exchange Tea Parlour – This unique tea parlour serves over 40 teas an infusions from around the world.  A charming tearoom also serving light snacks.  Tel: 01354 650035  www.royalexchangemarch.co.uk (http://www.royalexchangemarch.co.uk/)