Place:The Deepings, Cambridgeshire, England


NameThe Deepings
Located inCambridgeshire, England

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The Deepings are the adjoining villages near the River Welland, 8 miles to the north of Peterborough and 10 miles or so east of Stamford in England. The area is just north of the Peterborough border in the Lincolnshire fens. The Deepings include: Deeping Gate, Deeping St James, Deeping St Nicholas, Market Deeping and West Deeping.

The area is very low-lying, and gave The Deepings their name (a Saxon name translatable as either 'deep places' or 'deep lands'). The villages are mentioned in the Domesday Book. Deeping Fen lies to the North, and the drainage of it was an important part of seventeenth and eighteenth century land reclamation. It is now the responsibility of the Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board.

The town has a total population of approximately 14,900, 98% of whom are of white ethnicity, and many of whom are retired. The town is a close-knit community. It has a large church-going population to the two limestone churches, one in Market Deeping (Saint Guthlac's church), and the other in the village of Deeping St James (the parish church of Deeping St James). However, recently there has been a decline in the proportion of the population attending the churches with many families moving in because of the four well-performing primary schools and the excellent secondary School in the area. A skatepark and BMX track have been constructed with council funding to accommodate the growing number of teenagers in the area. The local fish and chip shops that are beside the River Welland are popular.

As well as these two settlements, other villages that are sometimes included in The Deepings are Deeping Gate, a small hamlet across the River Welland in Cambridgeshire, Deeping St Nicholas to the north east on the A16 Spalding road, the longest village in Britain, and to the west West Deeping, which lies on King Street where it crosses the Welland. The villages of Frognall, Stowgate, Hop Pole and Tongue End are all within the various civil parishes.

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