Littleport Travel Guide

  • This old building used to be a bank in Littleport
    This old building used to be a bank in...
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  • The #1 attraction in Littleport:  Harley statue
    The #1 attraction in Littleport: Harley...
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  • 2 men named Harley are on Littleport War Memorial
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Littleport Things to Do

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    North view of St. George's Church in Littleport 2 more images

    by Confucius Updated Jun 10, 2006

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    Fans of 15th century architecture might appreciate a walk around this church. It's located on the highest point of Littleport with a tower overlooking the fens. The surrounding yard is sort of spooky as there are several old upright tombstones that make it look like the set of a scary film.
    The church is only a five minute walk from the Littleport bus stop. Across the street from the southeast corner of the church is the Harley motorcycle statue. Down the street from the northeast corner of the church yard is where you'll find Catherine Fish Bar for great fish and chips as well as delicious Chinese take-away.

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    The #1 attraction in Littleport:  Harley statue 2 more images

    by Confucius Updated Jun 8, 2006

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    Littleport is famous for Harleys and riots. The co-founder of the Harley Davidson Motor Company, William Sylvester Harley, was the son of a Littleport emigrant (William Harley) who moved to America at the age of 24 and fought for the Yankees in the U.S. Civil War.
    Harley and Arthur Davidson began the successful company in 1903 and the statue of the motorcycle was unveiled 100 years later on July 20, 2003 in honor of William Sylvester Harvey and his native father.
    The riots that Littleport is famous for have nothing to do with motorcycles. It was in 1816 following the Battle of Waterloo that poor economic conditions in England sparked the armed robberies in this small village. You can see little blue signs around town today that point out where specific riot incidents occured, including one right across the street from the motorcycle statue. (see photo #3) Five members of the rioting mob were sentenced to hang in Ely, including one named Issac Harley. A possible distant relative of William S. Harley? There appears to be more than one Harley family in Littleport.
    I also found the name Harley on the Littleport War Memorial, which mentions two World War I heroes with the same surname.

    I must say that there really isn't much to see in Littleport. In fact, these three activity tips are all located within 200 yards of the bus stop. If you don't have lunch at Catherine Fish Bar, then you could just take the bus from Ely and have a quick look at the Harley statue, War Memorial, and St. George's Church. I suppose most of the tourists who come here are either motorcycle enthusiasts or history buffs. My purpose? Just to create another amusing VT page on some obscure village, of course!

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    2 men named Harley are on Littleport War Memorial 1 more image

    by Confucius Written Jun 8, 2006

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    Situated on the green across from St George's Church, this memorial commemorates the military heroes of Littleport who gave their lives in the two world wars 1914-1918 & 1939-1945.
    There are two World War I heroes named Harley on the memorial, which is in the same park as the Harley motorcycle monument.

    Charles William HARLEY
    Royal Garrison Artillery, died September 26, 1917 at the age of 19. Buried: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Charles and Ruth Harley of High Street, Littleport

    William HARLEY
    2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment who was killed in action on May 3, 1917. Age 41. Son of William and Emily Harley. Born Littleport, enlisted Newmarket, resident Stretham, Ely. Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7

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Littleport Restaurants

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    Catherine Fish Bar has been here over 100 years! 2 more images

    by Confucius Updated Jun 8, 2006

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    What a pleasant surprise! I actually came here for traditional fish & chips because the other two Chinese restaurants in Littleport were closed, then I discovered that this place also has Chinese take-away. In fact, the entire restaurant staff is Chinese!

    It's a brilliant combination, if you think about it. Combine a traditional fish & chips menu with Chinese take-away and maintain the restaurant's original appearance. This fish & chips restaurant has a long history in Littleport, as evidenced by the old black & white photograph hanging on the wall.

    As this is exclusively a take-away restaurant serving the local Littleport population, there is no official dining area for tourists. However I was allowed to sit in one of two chairs provided in the waiting area and eat my lunch there while engaging the Chinese staff in Mandarin conversation. Catherine Fish Bar would be ideal for a picnic if you can locate a table somewhere outside, but all I could find in the vicinity was a bench next to the Harley monument.

    I ended up eating both fish & chips as well as Chinese food, as I wanted to try both cuisines.

    Favorite Dish: I ordered Salmon and Chips along with Young Chow Fried Rice. I can easily say it was authentic British "fish & chips" and far better than what I tried in Cambridge and London.
    "Young Chow Fried Rice" is another way of saying "Yangzhou Fried Rice", which is cooked with fresh shrimp and canned peas.

    (The full menu can be viewed in photos 2 and 3.)

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Littleport Transportation

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    Here's the Littleport bus schedule from April 2006

    by Confucius Updated Jun 10, 2006

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    Littleport if only 5 miles from Ely and just over an hour by bus from Cambridge. It is very easy to hop on a bus from Ely's Market Street and go to Littleport's Church Lane in only 20 minutes. The Stagecoach bus to Littleport originates in Cambridge on Drummer Street.
    The first bus to Littleport departs from Cambridge at 9:10 and from Ely at 10:05.
    There are departures from Littleport every hour until 18:44.

    Using the bus is more convenient than the train because the rail stations are located outside of the city center in all three towns (Littleport, Ely, and Cambridge).

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