Saint Ives

Panaramic view of St Ives quay and bridge taken from the meadow to the East of the town.
Picture of the St Ives coat of arms containing a symbolic drawing of the bridge.

sudore non supore - by labour not sleep

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?

 - anonymous.

There can be little doubt that this jingle refers to someone on his way to one of the great St Ives fairs. St Ives is situated on the banks of the river Great Ouse, near Huntingdon, the birth place of Oliver Cromwell, in Cambridgeshire England. It has its roots in Saxon history, although it achieved fame in medieval times for its international fairs. Today it is a quiet market town with a population of approximately 16,000 and covering an area of just over 1000 hectares. St Ives is twinned with the town of Stadtallendorf in Germany. St Ives has excellent schools and sporting facilities and it is not far from the major cities of Cambridge, Peterborough and Ely. It has convenient road and rail links to the North, South (London), East and West.

Latest Updates

The Inland Waterways festival will be held in St Ives, on Hemingford Meadow, over the August bank holiday weekend in 2007.

The (mis)guided bus proposal has been approved and construction is due to start early in 2007. Read the Save the Lakes and CASTIRON campaigns for the real community views.

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Copyright 2004 David Bartlett