HERITAGE WEEKEND: Numerous buildings open in Wisbech and surrounding Fenland villages

DETAILS of the events in Wisbech and the surrounding Fenland villages, taking place as part of the Heritage Weekend.

St Peter & St Paul’s Church

TOURS will be held of the church tower on Saturday and Sunday. For more details and to reserve a place contact 01945 582508.

Thursday-Friday 10.30am-4pm. Church open, tower closed.

Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Church and tower open.


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The Angles Theatre

BUILT in 1793, the Angles in Alexandra Road had many different uses in the 19th and 20th centuries before the Angles Theatre Company leased it from the owners in 1978.

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Thursday-Friday noon-4pm

Wisbech General Cemetery

North End, Wisbech, PE13 1PE

SET up in 1836 primarily as a cemetery for non-conformists, the land was purchased from one of the leading non-conformists of the day, Joshua Bland.

Over the next 100 years many prominent citizens of Wisbech were buried at the North End cemetery.

Sunday 10am-4pm

All Saints Church, Walsoken

ALL Saints has been a centre of worship since 1146 and has been described as ‘the grandest Norman parish church in Norfolk’.

Talks by Peter Wadlow, churchwarden, during the weekend.

Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday noon-4pm

Wisbech Council Chamber

THE Council Chamber houses many works of art, artefacts and official documents which reflect the civic history and accomplishments of Wisbech.

Friday 10am-4pm

Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

Vivien Fire Engine Trust

VIVIEN, the Leyland fire engine, proudly served Wisbech from 1932-1963. Vivien will be parked outside Wisbech Town Council and an exhibition will be on display in the chamber.

Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

Octavia View

TWO free exhibitions organised by Atelier East. Thursday will feature young artist Maddie Rumbelow, while on Friday and Saturday view the work of Wisbech-born artist Neville Palmer.

Thursday 10am-4pm

Friday 10am-4pm

Saturday 10am-4pm. Meet the artist from 2-4pm

Wisbech Social Club and Institute

THE Hill Street building has numerous rooms and passageways and a landmark clock tower. An exhibition of photographs from the Lilian Ream archive will be on display.

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

Peckover House

THE Georgian merchant’s townhouse was lived in by the Peckover family for 150 years. Both facets of their life can be seen as you wander through the house and gardens.

Saturday noon-5pm

Guyhirn Chapel of Ease

ALSO known as Guyhirn Old Church or Guyhirn Puritan Chapel, the Chapel of Ease is a plain, finely proportioned, small rectangular building constructed partly of brick and partly of Barnack stone.

Saturday 10am-30pm

Sunday 10am-3pm. Heritage Service 2.30pm

Friends Meeting House

Built in 1854, the House replaced an earlier building in which Quakers had worshipped since 1711.

This year sees the celebration of 300 years of Quaker worship on the site and visitors are invited to attend and experience a Quaker worship meeting.

Thursday 11am-2pm

Friday & Saturday 11am-3pm

Sunday noon-4pm

Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House

OCTAVIA Hill’s life and work is documented here in this handsome Georgian house facing the river Nene.

The museum has recently completed the major building programme, which restored the Georgian Grade II* listed building to its original size.

Saturday 1-4.30pm

Wisbech Castle

THE Regency Villa, built in 1816, stands on the site of a Norman Castle of 1087, Bishop’s Palace of 1478 and Thurloes Mansion of 1656.

The house is presently furnished in the Regency style and includes interesting furniture and artefacts.

In the garden the vaults may be explored; these formed the cellars of the mansion of 1656.

Friday 10am-4pm

Saturday 10am-4pm

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