A heritage make-over for Wisbech bandstand will not include a lead roof - because it is too tempting for thieves

Wisbech bandstand

Wisbech bandstand - Credit: Archant

Wisbech bandstand is set for a make over but will not go back to its original lead roofing because it is too much of a temptation for thieves.

Wisbech bandstand ceiling that needs refurbishing shwoing the posts in red

Wisbech bandstand ceiling that needs refurbishing shwoing the posts in red - Credit: Archant

Now, 107 years later, it has been labelled a building at risk and is set to be repainted, have its steps fixed, ironwork fixed and a thief proof roof installed with a terne-coated stainless steel finish.

Since being listed in 1983 it has gone from having a lead roof to a felt roof.

There have also been three colour changes on the Grade II listed building. Posts were red in 1991 but by 2000 were light green. They are currently dark green and will remain that colour under the make over plan.

“While it would be desirable to reinstate a lead finish to the roof there is a concern that such a material would be attractive to theft and given the location of the band stand within the park there is easy opportunity for it to be stolen,” said a design report to be approved by planners.

Wisbech bandstand steps that need refurbishing showing paintwork in dark green

Wisbech bandstand steps that need refurbishing showing paintwork in dark green - Credit: Archant


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“A Terne coated stainless steel finish could be used as this has a similar appearance to lead but is not as attractive to theft or as easy to steel as lead.

“Unfortunately the bandstand now stands in a poor condition again and is in need of refurbishment,”

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“The timber ceiling under the roof has holes within it where a number of boards have come away and the paint work on the ceiling is flaking off.

“Paintwork to the iron work is chipped and flaking off in parts and on close inspection some of ironwork has corroded and at least one column has broken from its base.”

Wisbech bandstand opening day in July 1908

Wisbech bandstand opening day in July 1908 - Credit: Archant

As part of the make-over the steps will be repaired, a new capping detail introduced to the piers and the rest repaired and redecorated on a like for like basis.

“All other historic fabric will be retained, repaired and missing detail will be reinstated to match,” the report said.

“The intention is to preserve the architectural and historic interest of this structure which is of interest in its own right but also contributes positivity to Wisbech Park which is the central focus of the Bowthorpe Conservation Area.”

Wisbech bandstand missing iron work

Wisbech bandstand missing iron work - Credit: Archant

Wisbech bandstand

Wisbech bandstand - Credit: Archant

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