Welcome to Soham On-Line Community Website, the official website for the town of Soham in Cambridgeshire. The small market town is situated in the extreme South-East of Cambridgeshire, adjoining the County of Suffolk and is only a few miles away from the cathedral city of Ely and the horseracing town of Newmarket.
Soham On-Line has been actively and successfully promoting the town of Soham in many areas such as heritage, tourism, leisure and business since November 1999. In June/July 2012, the website was completely overhauled and redesigned to help bring the site right up-to-date with regards to the latest in website design and technology. There are lots of new features including a calendar of events, integration with social networking sites such as Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter, a full Soham directory of businesses, amenities, clubs and organisations including Google Map locations.
There has been evidence of a settlement existing in Soham since the Stone Age but the documented history goes back to the year 630 AD when St. Felix 'The Apostle of the East Angles' is said to have founded an Abbey here. St. Felix's Abbey pre-dates the building of Eltheldreda's Convent/Monastery at Ely by 43 years and was the first centre of Latin Christianity in the whole of Cambridgeshire.
For many centuries the route to Ely was by boat across Soham Mere and over the Fens until windmills were introduced to drain them. With the arrival of the steam pumping engines in the late 19th century, the Mere was finally drained completely and the reclaimed land used for farming.
The present day small town is the centre of a prosperous farming and urban community. It has all the modern services and amenities and a very active and progressive urban life. Although it stands in a low-lying countryside, devoid of the scenic contrasts of hills and valleys, its far horizons and vast sky-scape of ever changing patterns and tints endow this fenland with distinctive charm.