Welcome to March

The Town Hall and Clock Tower in the town of March in Fenland.
The Town Hall and Clock Tower in the town of March, Fenland


Situated on what was once the second largest island within the bogs and marshes of the Great Fen modern day March has been created by the merger of two smaller settlements; 'Merche' and 'Mercheford' that had grown up each side of the canalised river crossing created by the draining of the fens.

It is thought that the name 'March' is derived from the old name for 'boundary' and some historians think that it represents the 6th Century boundary between the East Angles and the Middle Angles, for East Anglia extended to the west of the Ouse before the Mercian kingdom was formed; and then, the word Mercia, of the same origin as March, was applied to the frontier province between the Angles and the Welsh. The place, however, has most likely a more remote antiquity than is implied , for Roman remains have been found in the vicinity as it lies on the 'Fen Causeway', itself a Roman road.

About 90 miles north of London, March was once an important railway junction of the Great Eastern and Great Northern Railways. The station buildings were originally erected at a location that was then a mile to the north of the town but the town has since expanded so as to encompass the station completely. In recent years the connection with the town and railway has renewed itself as the old 1920's marshalling yards have been redeveloped into a new supply depot for Network Rail.

March is one of the four market towns of the Fenland District of Cambridgeshire, the others being Chatteris, Whittlesey and Wisbech. (External websites will open in new window)


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Forthcoming Events in or around March

Here are the next five events in the Huntingdonshire Event Diary, the local ones are coloured GOLD and clicking the title will open links to event detail on this website whilst following the "Out of Town' events will open in a new window on their own website. Click 'Show Summary' for exactly what it says, without going anywhere!

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An 'Out of Town' event in St Ives

From 19:30 until 21:00 on Monday 18/12/2017 at Free Church (United Reformed)

An 'Out of Town' event in St Neots

From 08:00 until 13:00 on Saturday 23/12/2017 at St Neots Market Place

An 'Out of Town' event in Little Paxton

From 12:00 until 16:45 on Saturday 14/07/2018 at Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields

More forthcoming events in March

This site is listed in the British Towns and Villages Encyclopaedia of Great Britain and we can be found in the entry for March