Market Day: Friday
Chatteris would have been a seaside town in Neolithic times, as it perched on the edge of a vast tract of salt marshes.
Chatteris has been inhabited since the very earliest humans came to Britain. We have flint tools dating back 780,000 years. Our Museum also has some very rare bronze age weapons and a shield. Chatteris was an Island surrounded by salt marshes and fresh water channels which formed what we call the Fens in Neolithic times. The sea eventually encroached inland as far south as Denny Abbey, just north of Cambridge.
Today, this busy little town is 50 miles from the nearest beach!
St Huna, one of the earliest Christian saints, set up a hermitage here on Honey Hill in 679 AD. The town we see today grew around the abbey of St Mary, one of only two Anglo Saxon abbeys in eastern Britain run entirely by nuns. A market place formed in front of the Abbey, which was founded in 980AD, and 'droves' evolved to connect the abbey to the other settlements in the Fens. A Chatteris man, a monk called Bricstan was released from prison by King Henry I's wife in the 12th century, after his chains were miraculously broken off by three saints in a 'vision'. The church of St Peter and St Paul was first recorded in 1162 but was rebuilt in 1352. Although there is little sign of the abbey remaining, Chatteris is still well connected and is an ideal base for touring the Fens and south Cambridgeshire. Chatteris is reputed to be the last refuge of Boudicca as she fled from the Romans in 61 AD.
Follow this link to find out more: https://www.visitcambridgeshirefens.org/fenland-towns/chatteris-4