FENLANDER: Historic Whittlesey mud wall repaired after council’s intervention

AN HISTORIC mud wall in Whittlesey has been repaired and restored thanks to the intervention of Fenland District Council.

It is one of a number of listed features that have benefited from grants from the council’s Fenland Renaissance programme.

The 15-metre wall at the rear of the Black Bull pub in Market Street is Grade II listed but had been allowed to fall into a very poor state of repair.

FDC organised two workshops to start the renovation and has provided a total of �6,150 in grants towards the total cost through the “historic buildings” element of the Fenland Renaissance scheme.

The council also took action to force the pub’s owners, Enterprise, to carry out the full restoration for which it was legally responsible.

The repairs were completed by Enterprise’s contractors, TM Browne of King’s Lynn.

Councillor Jan French, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for Fenland Renaissance, said: “Walls like this are a distinctive feature of the Whittlesey area and it is important to preserve them.

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“By providing funding and ensuring the owners fulfil their responsibilities we have helped to preserve this part of the town’s heritage.”

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