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Little Downham Parish Plan

As part of the continuing development of the community the Parish Council initiated a parish plan to survey the current concerns and hopes for the future of parishioners. This was performed in 2003 and 2004 and co-ordinated by a committee of parishioners, the results are shown in a table below. For purposes of comparison the results of historical surveys of the parish are also summarised.

1851 Census Summary

The population was 2,299, approximately 50% male:50% female.

Occupations in 1851

Assistant in shop2Cordwainer4Needlewoman0
Baker1Draper0Poulterer0
Beer Retailer9Dressmaker14Provision Dealer0
Blacksmith10Farrier1Publican7
Boot/Shoe maker4General Dealer1Seamsterss0
Bricklayer7Grocer0Shopkeeper4
Brickmaker2Harness Maker/Saddler1Tailer(ess)7
Butcher3Inn Keeper1Thatcher2
Carpenter7Licensed Victualler0Watch and clock repairer1
Clothier1Miller3Wheelwright6
Cobbler0Milliner0Woolspinner1

1891 Census Summary

The population was 1,873, approximately 52% male:48% female.

Occupations in 1891

Assistant in shop4Cordwainer0Needlewoman1
Baker5Draper1Poulterer1
Beer Retailer1Dressmaker14Provision Dealer1
Blacksmith10Farrier1Publican14
Boot/Shoe maker4General Dealer0Seamsterss4
Bricklayer10Grocer15Shopkeeper0
Brickmaker3Harness Maker/Saddler2Tailer(ess)2
Butcher5Inn Keeper1Thatcher2
Carpenter6Licensed Victualler1Watch and clock repairer1
Clothier0Miller6Wheelwright9
Cobbler1Milliner1Woolspinner0

Public Houses in the parish, 1901

This information is from documentation held in the Cambridgeshire Public Records Office. The address of each premises is not given but the list seems to start with the first pub in entering the parish from Ely and continue to the next nearest premises in a circular route through California, across the Droves to Pymoor and back into Little Downham along Main Street. The address of the licensee probably corresponds with the pub location.

Name of Public HouseName of LicenseeAddress of Licensee
Spade and BeckettLucy Emma TaylorLittle Street, Downham
Brickmakers ArmsAbraham ButcherCalifornia, Downham
Railway TavernWilliam JordanBlack Bank, Downham
Dog and GunRobert JordanSecond Drove, Downham
Knife and SteelCharles WisemanPymore, Downham
Five AllsJohn Leaford100-feet Bank, Downham
Three HorseshoesMoses HeapsOxlode, Downham
CrownFrederick TaylorOxlode, Downham
OakFrancis CornwellWest Fen, Downham
White HorseJohn Herbert FrostCannon Street, Downham
George and DragonAbraham HallTown's End, Downham
PloughJohn CooperTown's End, Downham
CrownJohn LeafordMain Street, Downham
Red, White and BlueWilliam MoxonMain Street, Downham
Wind MillRichard GibsonMain Street, Downham
ClubAnn SabertonMain Street, Downham
Fox and HoundsFredk. S. WoodwardMain Street, Downham
Railway TavernFRobert HullMain Street, Downham
Live and Let LiveJas. C. PalmerMain Street, Downham
AnchorWilliam CraneMain Street, Downham

1985 Parish Survey

In order to discover what improvements residents would like to see, a public meeting was called in March 1985. From this meeting a survey group was formed which put together a form delivered to every household in the parish. Approximately 70% returned the survey forms. The report was published in 1986 and was summarised as a university project by Sophie Heslot, from which the following points of interest are taken.

The population was approximately 2,000. The majority in Little Downham where incomers whereas the majority in Pymoor and the Droves had lived there all their lives.

In Little Downham there were the following shops: Several general grocers, Post Office, butchers, Fish and Chip shop, tackshop, sports shop, hairdresser, baker. Pymoor had two general grocers.

The parish had two public houses, the Anchor and the Plough, both in Main Street, Little Downham. Little Downham also hade the Tower restaurant (licensed) and Pymoor had a Social Club.

The following are listed as industries in the parish: Seven potato merchants, two large hauliers and several small ones, six garages, two wood workers, several builders, a printer, an architect, a blacksmith, driving school, riding school, kennels, kitchen designer. 75% of the population worked out of the parish.

A copy of this survey, which is similar in format to the 2003 parish plan, is held by the archive group in the book cafe.

Parish Plan 2003 - 2004

A printed copy of the Parish Plan has been scanned and each page is available below as individual jpeg files.

Front PageAims
Page 2Contents
Page 3Introduction
Page 4History and Topography
Page 5Maps
Page 6This is what we found
Page 7This is what we found contd.
Page 8Action plan
Page 9Action plan contd.
Page 10Action plan summary
Page 11Then and now in pictures
Page 12Summary - Foreward
Page 13Summary - Contents
Page 14Summary - Results (housing)
Page 15Summary - Results (transport)
Page 16Summary - Results (housing and business development)
Page 17Summary - Results (public and private services)
Page 18Summary - Results (h+s and social and leisure activities)
Page 19Summary - Results (recycling and countryside)
Page 20Summary - Results (pollution)
Page 21Summary - Results (parish, district and county councils and general)
Page 22Summary - Results (the future of the parish)
Page 23Acknowledgements
Page 24Back page