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St Mary's Church, Welney
Welney is located in Norfolk
Welney shown within Norfolk
Area 20.73 km2 (8.00 sq mi)
Population 542 (2011)
• Density 26/km2 (67/sq mi)
OS grid reference TL526940
Civil parish
  • Welney
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WISBECH
Postcode district PE14
Dialling code 01354
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°31′00″N 0°14′00″E / 52.5167°N 0.2333°E / 52.5167; 0.2333Coordinates: 52°31′00″N 0°14′00″E / 52.5167°N 0.2333°E / 52.5167; 0.2333

Welney is a village and civil parish in the Fens of England, and the county of Norfolk. The village is situated immediately to the west of the Old Bedford River, River Delph and New Bedford River, which are all parallel channels and are here crossed by the A1101 road. The village is some 15 km (9 mi) south-west of the town of Downham Market, 30 km (19 mi) south of the town of King's Lynn and 70 km (43 mi) west of the city of Norwich. The county boundary with Cambridgeshire is adjacent, and the city of Cambridge lies 40 km (25 mi) to the south.[1]

The parish covers an area of 20.73 square kilometres (8.00 sq mi) and had a population of 528 in 217 households at the 2001 census;[2] the population increased to 542 at the 2011 Census.[3] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

In the 14th century, Welney was called Wellenhe, meaning "a river called Welle" (the old name of the Old Croft River). In the second half of the 19th century, Welney became famous for its skaters.

Welney is situated on the Ouse Washes, an internationally important area of wildlife conservation. WWT Welney, near the village, is a nature reserve in the care of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Nearby, there are also the RSPB Ouse Washes, a reserve managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Listen to Welney[edit]

The Church[edit]

St Mary's Church in Welney is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 228 - March & Ely. ISBN 0-319-21860-0.
  2. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine.. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 August 2015. 

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