Encyclopedia > St. Ives, Cambridgeshire

  Article Content

St. Ives, Cambridgeshire

This page deals with St. Ives in Cambridgeshire only. For other places of the same name see St. Ives.
St. Ives is a medium-sized market town around 15 miles north-west of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

Previously called Slepe, its name was changed to St. Ives after the body of a Persian Bishop, Saint Ivo, was found buried in the town. For the past 1000 years it has been home to some of the biggest markets in the country. Modern markets have, however, been dwindling.

Built on the banks of the wide, fast-flowing River Great Ouse, St. Ives has a famous chapel on its bridge. In recent years, St. Ives has been the victim of severe yearly flooding during winter. However, property development on the main flood plain continues, risking more severe floods in the future.

St. Ives has one main secondary school (St. Ivo), 3 primary schools (Thorndown, Wheatfields and Westfield, which was recently named outstanding by Ofsted[?]), 1 fire station, 1 police station and 1 bus station shared between a population of around 15,000 in 1991. There used to be a train between St. Ives and Cambridge, but this closed during the 20th century.

St. Ives is most famous for the riddle:

As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits;
Kits, cats, sacks and wives --
How many were going to St. Ives?

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
East Farmingdale, New York

... age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 100.6 males. The median income for a household in the ...

This page was created in 24.5 ms