Modern Day Deepings
The Deepings Today
The Deepings - Historical Riverside Settlements
The Deepings consists of four settlements along the River Welland, approximately eight miles East of Stamford - Market Deeping, Deeping St James, Deeping Gate and nearby West Deeping.
These historic settlements are now linked with the South Holland village of Deeping St Nicholas spreading further away towards Spalding in the East. The low-lying land is rich in archaeological remains,while the River Welland once formed an important highway for trade passing between Stamford and the Wash. The Deeping area has become a popular residential area.
It is an attractive historical townThere are regular bus services to Bourne, Stamford and Peterborough, making the Deepings a suitable destination for visitors on foot.
Whilst boasting many local amenities the area retains an unspoilt historical country outlook with a welcoming ora and low crime rate.
Deeping St James
The picturesque village of Deeping St James lies on the river Welland, in the middle of rich agricultural land. It has a population of nearly 7000.
The parish church of St James is withing the Diocese of Lincoln. Deeping St James also has a Roman Catholic Church, two Baptist Churches and a Methodist Church. There are two primary schools, Linchfield and Deeping St James. Pupils feed through to The Deepings School which is a Compreshsive school boasting an 'outstanding' Ofsted report.
Deeping St James is a delightful village to live in.
The Deepings boast three primary schools and one Secondary school, which also houses the Deepings Leisure Centre, including swimming pool.
In addition to the rural market town high street, offering a range of independent retailers the area hosts two major supermarkets and an industrial estate offering an array of services and industry to the local community.
Market Deeping, triangular in shape and lined with many fine buildings and former coaching inns. A reminder of Market Deeping's strategic position on the main road to Lincoln. The current Town Hall dates from 1835 designed in Tudor Gothic style by Thomas Pilkington.
Shopping - The highstreet and precinct boast a range of independent shops, coffee shops, supermarkets and eateries, some provide areas to snack adjancent to the River Welland.
There is an antiques and craft centre (open daily) situated along the High street .
The Town Market is held on a Wednesday on the Co-op carpark.
The River Walks -There are several walks adjacent to the river.
The Cross - Deeping St James - An 18th century village loc-up is made from materials sourced from a 15th centruy wayside cross where markets were once held. The land-mark is a listed structure. There is enough room inside for three disorderly persons.
St Guthlac's Church - Market Deeping - On church Street, north of Market Place this dates back to 1240 and is dedicated to the austere Fenland Hermit who settled near Crowland in the 7th century. There are two sundials on the tower. Nearby is the Old Rectory, reputedly the oldest inhabited parsonage in England.
The River Welland - There are several town centre footpaths along short stretches of the River Welland, ideal for easy walking, duck-watching and fishing, extending through to Deeping St James where reminders of the river traffic of yesteryear on one of England's earliest canals can be seen at High Locks and Low Locks. There is also a very fine three-arched stone bridge at Deeping St James, a very pleasant area to sit and enjoy the scenary. Several of the easeries on Market Place/High Street enjoy areas to sit and enjoy a snack by the river.
The Fenland Cycle Trail waymarked route passes through Deeping St James. Good cycling along many other minor roads.
Green Wheel Cycle Trail - 25 mile circular trail around Peterborough passes through Market Deeping and Deeping St James
Town Guide and Town Trail - leaflets for Market Deeping and Deeping St James are available from the Town Hall and Deepings Community Centre
There is an abundance of green open spaces, picnic areas.
John Eve Field
The field was donated to the Town Council by John Eve, a local farmer. Used extensively by all members of the community, it provides sports facilities via an informal football pitch along with a children's play area.
The land was purchased by the Town Council as an open space. The conditions of sale are that nothing should be built upon it. The land has some Elms and Chestnut trees with preservation orders. The Council has a programme for maintaining the trees and replacing them, if necessary. The land also hosts a Regional Competition size BMX track which was built in 2009.