Little Thetford is a small village 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Ely in
Cambridgeshire, England, about 76 miles (122 km) by road from London.
The village is built on a boulder clay island surrounded by flat
fenland countryside, typical of settlements in this part of the East of
England. In 1007, an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman named Ælfwaru, granted her
lands in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, including the "land at Thetford
and the fisheries around those marshes", to the abbots of Ely Abbey;
the village was still listed as a fishery in the Domesday Book,
79 years later. Little Thetford resisted the Parliamentary Inclosure
Acts of William IV for seven years, which may have led to the strong
Baptist following amongst the poor of the village. About half of Little
Thetford was eventually enclosed under the Parliamentary Inclosure
Thetford Act of Victoria. The Cambridge station to Ely station section
of the Fen Line passes through the east of the village. The rail
journey from Little Thetford to London, via Ely, takes about
75 minutes. Occupying an area of 2 square miles (5 km2), and with a
population of 693, Little Thetford is the smallest civil parish in the
ward of Stretham; notable buildings in the village date from the 14th
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