GALLERY: Hard work pays off as new pathway Lambert’s Walk unveiled at Wisbech General Cemetery

Wisbech Society held a ceremony to mark the official opening of Lambert’s Walk, the new access to Wi

Wisbech Society held a ceremony to mark the official opening of Lambert’s Walk, the new access to Wisbech General Cemetery, Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A new pathway was unveiled at Wisbech General Cemetery on Friday.

The project was undertaken by the Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery, which is working together with heritage group The Wisbech Society to restore the cemetery.

Lambert’s Walk is named after Basil Lambert who bequeathed funds to Wisbech Society in the 1990s from which the £13,500 project was financed.

The cemetery closed in 1972 but an exception was made for Basil Lambert who was buried in his parents’ grave in 1994.

In total 6,571 people including Samuel Smith, the Victorian photographer, and members of the Dawbarn family, Ollards, Southwells and Gardiners were buried in the cemetery.

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The piece of land that’s now Lambert’s Walk was previously used as the approach to a tradesman’s workshop.

The society has demolished most of that building, levelling the site before installing new fencing and gates.

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The driveway was laid by society trustees using shovels and wheel barrows, ably assisted by a couple of community payback lads, who worked tirelessly on a very wet Sunday morning.

The short length of railing is part of the original railing that formed the cemetery’s boundary with Leverington Road. It was donated by Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

Other people and organisations whose help and support made the entrance possible are Humphrey Contracting Ltd, F T Nixon and Son Ltd, Edwards Buildbase Ltd, P B Engineering Ltd, G Patrick and Sons Ltd, Mr and Mrs J Rand, BT Builders and Landscaping, Martin Works, Fraser Dawbarns LLP and Fenland District Council.

In June, Wisbech Society agreed a 30 year lease with Fenland District Council on the General Cemetery.

They intend to apply for funding for the restoration of the chapel building, with the long-term aim of putting it into use for the benefit of the Wisbech community.

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