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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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.
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.
Wisbech Council Chamber
THE Council Chamber houses many works of art, artefacts and official documents which reflect the civic history and accomplishments of Wisbech.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday & Saturday 11am-3pm
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.
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.