The Fish & Duck Marina lies at Pope’s Corner, the point at which the two main Fenland rivers — the Cam & the Old West — join the third great Fenland River, the Great Ouse, before heading north via Ely to meet the sea at The Wash.
Pope’s Corner did not start life as a marina; instead it was the site on which stood a well-known local public house—the ‘Fish & Duck Inn’. Built in 1850 & with seven rooms & 12 stable blocks, it was of a considerable size! The first named owner & publican of the Fish & Duck Inn was a gentleman named Richard Pope & the river junction ‘Pope’s Corner’ still bears his name today.
Little history has been uncovered that fills the gap between the 19th Century & today, however we do know that the last known published change was in the 1980s, when the popular Fish & Duck Inn was converted into a licensed riverside discotheque.
Around the same time, a marina was developed & opened. While the marina remains in operation on this site, the pub unfortunately gave up its battle against subsidence & water damage in 2009.
The marina has changed hands many times since the 1980s and in October 2011 it was taken on by a local couple, Davina and James Harvey, who set about improving the facilities provided by the marina. The marina business is now owned and managed by Duncan and Tracey Simmonds.