In Neolithic times, Chatteris would have been a seaside town but today this busy little town is 50 miles from the nearest beach! The town grew up around the Abbey of St Mary from around 1010 and from that sprung up roads and a market place. There is little sign of the Abbey today but the Town Trail leaflet shows where it was located and points out the few pieces of stone wall remaining.
The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul dates from 1080 when it was given to the Chatteris nuns by the Bishop of Ely. The church was destroyed by fire in the 14th Century and replaced in 1352. Victorian catacombs have survived in the graveyard.
Chatteris Museum adjacent to the church, has galleries arranged to portray the history of the town, its immediate surroundings and its people from the Stone Age through to the recent past.
Chatteris has a great sense of community which is reflected in the fantastic display of Christmas lights, the floral displays for Chatteris Town in Bloom and the vibrant Festival week in June.