Winter Lectures October 2017- March 2018

A series of six lectures have been arranged for the Autumn/ Winter seasons . All lectures will be held (by kind consent) at the Dwight Centre, Wisbech Grammar School from 7:30pm on the dates shown below.

Annual General Meeting: Monday 9th October 2017

followed by Wisbech General Cemetery David Crouch will report on the progress of this exciting project which is the largest ever undertaken by the Society. The Chapel will be under construction at this time so come and hear about the activities planned for 2018.

More Photographic Memories of Wisbech: Monday 06th November 2017

Local photographer and collector of old photographic prints, Roger Rawson, will conduct us on an illustrated ‘virtual’ walk through old Wisbech visiting pubs and hostelries, some still in existence but many of which are long gone. Guaranteed no hangovers!

Christmas Quiz Night: Monday 4th December 2017

Eric Somerville has devised another light-hearted quiz with questions about our town and its history. As at last year’s successful evening there will be wine and mince pies available. Make up teams with other members of the audience playing for a prize worthy of Scrooge himself!

England and the German Hanse 1370-1474 Monday 8th January 2018

with reference to the Wash Ports Dr Paul Richards, a specialist in maritime history and the Hanseatic League, returns to tell of the sea wars and piracy affecting the ports of King’s Lynn and Boston in medieval times. Not to be missed me hearties!

The Peckovers’ Grand Tour of Italy in 1872 Monday 5th February 2018

Aldo Ierubino will give a talk on the Peckovers’ tour as revealed by their sketchbooks, souvenirs and Journal. A fascinating insight into Wisbech’s famous family.

Ely Cathedral – its history and symbolism Monday 12th March 2018

Jan Munt, former religious education teacher at Neale Wade Community College in March and Ely Cathedral Education Officer, will give us an interactive talk using a beautifully crafted model of Ely Cathedral.

Winter Lectures October 2016- March 2017

A series of six lectures have been arranged for the Autumn/ Winter seasons . All lectures will be held (by kind consent) at the Dwight Centre, Wisbech Grammar School from 7:30pm on the dates shown below.

Annual General Meeting: Monday 10th October

After the formal business of the AGM, David Crouch will present an update of the Society's Wisbech General Cemetery Project.

An Evening of Photographic memories of Wisbech: Monday 14th November

Following in the footsteps of Samuel Smith and Lilian Ream, local photographer, Roger Rawson, will show some of his collection and invite audience participation in identifying some of the locations.

Christmas Quiz Night: Monday 7th December

How well do you know Wisbech? A convivial evening to test your knowledge of the obscure!! With mince pies and wine and a grand(ish) prize for the winner!

Opium Eating in the Fens in the 19th Century: Monday 9th January

Eric Somerville will explain why half of the opium improted into Britain in the 19th C was consumed in the Fens and what the social consequences were. A tale worthy of the pen of Dickens.

The Wisbech and Fenland Museum: Monday 13th February

Roger Powell will explore the history of one of the town's greatest treasures.

Saved by Chance: Monday 13th March

Margaret Lake will show how restoration work on Saint Clement's Church, Outwell, revealed unsuspected treasures.

Summer Outings May to July 2016

Three outings have been arranged for this year. Bookings can be made using the forms in the Links below.

Wisbech Society Visit to Woodhall Spa Wednesday 11th May 2016

We have arranged to visit the small, pretty Lincolnshire town of Woodhall Spa. On arrival in Woodhall we will have a light lunch at the Tea House in the Woods. This will be followed by a visit to the town’s museum. We will be greeted by a guide who will show us the museum and take us on a short guided walk. We shall also see some of the town’s famous connections with Second World War in particular the 617 Squadron which was stationed close by. One of the town’s hotels was used as the Officer’s Mess. There is a Dambuster’s Memorial in the town. Woodhall is also known for being the home of English Golf.

For more information or to book, please use this link and complete the attached form

The Wisbech Society Visit to Leicester to the King Richard 111 Visitor Centre Wednesday 8th June 2016

We shall have a short walk from the drop off point to the Cathedral and Visitor Centre. The exhibition centre has displays showing the Dynasty, Death and Discovery of the remains of the King. We shall visit the Cathedral to see the tomb. There will also be an opportunity to visit the adjacent medieval Guildhall. You will be able to purchase a light lunch either next to the Guildhall or at the Visitor Centre. The Cathedral Gardens have seating if you wish to take a picnic, weather permitting.

To book, please use this link and complete the attached form

The Wisbech Society Visit to Flag Fen, Peterborough Thursday 7th July 2016

The third visit we have arranged this summer to Flag Fen. We shall be accompanied by Francis Pryor and Maisie Taylor who will be our guides. Francis, our President was one of the original archaeologists working on the site when its amazing discoveries were made. We shall have a guided tour around the site and hear about all the latest developments including the discovery of 9 Bronze Age Boats at Must Farm in 2011 on which Maisie has been doing some of the research work – and also hear about the exciting very latest discovery of the Bronze Age round houses at Must Farm.

To book, please use this link and complete the attached form

Winter Lectures 2015-2016

Monday 12th October 2015

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

This years annual general meeting is to be held on Monday 12th October 2015 at 7:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Dwight Center, Wisbech Grammar school.

All members are invited to attend the meeting, after which there will be a quiz hosted by Roger Powell, entitled "How much do you know about Wisbech?".

Monday 9th November 2015

“England’s Heritage: interpreting the past for the present”-

A talk by Prof. Martin Daunton, Commissioner of English Heritage and head of Cambridge University School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Monday 7th December 2015

“The tercentenary of English Palladianism”. 'Please note date to fit in with school holidays

A talk by Roger Powell, which will explore this important development in British architecture and some of the challenges to it.

Monday 11th Jauary 2016

“Nurse Edith Cavell -born in Norfolk 1865 excuted Belgium 1915. A story worthy of Ian Fleming or John le Carre!”

A talk by Dr Eric Somerville.

Monday 8th February 2016

“Bats in Churches”

A talk by Philip Parker on the lives and variety of bats to be found in churches.

Monday 14th March 2016

“From Transylvania to Ely via Stalingrad”

A talk by Michael Brindle of the Thetford Society on Michael Paul, one time resident of Littleport, who fought in the Romanian, German and British armies in World War II.


We can confirm that three Summer outings have been arranged for 2015. For those who wish to attend any of this years outings, pleae contact David Crouch, the Treasurer of the society. Booking forms are available for each event and include relevant contact details. Should you wish to download and print a copy of the Booking form, you will require Adobe Acrobat or a similar PDF viewer. Plugins are also available for many modern web browsers.

The events are as follows:

Wednesday 29th April 2015

Wisbech Society Outing to Pembroke College and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Another opportunity to visit a Cambridge College. We will travel from Wisbech by luxury coach The coach will depart from Somers Road Car Park at 1pm sharp On arrival at Pembroke College Cambridge, approximately at 2.30, we will be met by a guide who will give us a conducted tour of the college buildings, the chapel, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and the lovely gardens. Following our tour of the college we will visit the Fitzwilliam Museum to view the ‘lost bronzes’ by Michelangelo. These are the statues which have now been ‘found’ and recently identified by experts at the Fitzwilliam Museum – they are now on show for a very limited period, so this will be a unique opportunity to see the bronzes. There is a café and shop in the Fitzwilliam Museum, just a short walk from Pembroke, on the opposite side of the road. We expect to be arrive back at Somers Road Car Park at approx 7.00pm

The cost is £13.00 per person including the coach travel to and from Cambridge. As we have to pre book the coach, any member wishing to make their own way and join the party in Cambridge, must still pay the full price. The fee for non-members will be £18.00 The closing date for booking by members is Wednesday 8th April 2015.

Any non-member wishing to be admitted as a member on the day may deduct the £5 premium from the membership fee. (Learn more about becoming a member of the Wisbech Society here)

Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT

Wednesday 20th May 2015

Wisbech Society Visit to Grantham Lincolnshire

Our luxury coach will leave Somers Road Car Park at 9.30am sharp Following a visit by the Grantham Civic Society to Wisbech, we have been invited to Grantham for a tour of this interesting old coaching town. On arrival in Grantham we will be greeted by the Mayor at the Mayor’s Parlour and have coffee. We will then be shown the town regalia. This will be followed by a short walk with a guide a through the town seeing places connected to Isaac Newton, Thomas Paine and Margaret Thatcher. We will stop at the Angel and Royal Hotel, reputedly England’s oldest hostelry, for a light lunch in the King’s Room. After lunch we will tour St Wulframs Church, with its 281foot spire, before journeying home. We will arrive back in Wisbech at approximately 5.00pm

The cost will be £24.00 per member, non member the cost will be £28.00 The costs of lunch and the guided tour are included in the price The closing date for booking is Friday 1st June 2015

Booking Form for Download

Wednesday 24th June 2015 6.30 -8.30pm

Elgood’s Brewery and Gardens North Brink:

By kind permission of Nigel and Anne Elgood

We again have the opportunity to enjoy a summer’s evening in the delightful surroundings of the Brewery gardens, which we are free to explore. Alternatively we can simply chat with Trustees, members and friends before enjoying a buffet supper with a glass of wine. There will be a display of some of the recent projects undertaken by the Society. Elgood’s shop and bar will be open throughout the evening.

The cost will be £12.00 Non members will be very welcome.

Booking Form for Download.

Saturday 19th- Sunday 20th September, 2015

A Visit to the Historic City of York:

Plans are also in hand for the Society’s annual weekend outing. Scheduled for Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September, this year’s trip is to the fine city of York and led, as ever, by the enthusiastic Peter Clayton.

The Society aims to visit York Cemetery and Chapel, which was restored in the late 1980s and has a similar history to Wisbech General Cemetery; central York; and Shandy Hall, the birthplace of writer Laurence Sterne, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Tickets for the garden party should be booked with Society treasurer David Crouch as soon as possible on 01945 475388 or at, and David can also provide more details on the York excursion.



In the winter, we have monthly lectures which are free for Wisbech Society members to attend. There are usually six lectures, with the first taking place in October and the last in March. Visitors are most welcome at these lectures and are asked to make a donation of £3.00 to the Society's funds. We are now also offering free admission to all under-18s.
This season's lectures will be held (by kind consent) at the Dwight Centre, Wisbech Grammar School, North Brink,  Wisbech PE13 1JX, on the second Monday of the month at 7:30pm.
The Dwight Centre is a new building within the Grammar School campus. It is best accessed via the school's entrance on the North Brink, near the Rose Tavern. This entrance is not signposted, and is difficult to spot, especially at night. There is a car park immediately in front of the Dwight Centre. View map.

Monday 12th January 2015
“Dr Horace Dimock – His Life and Death”
Dr Eric Somerville, a Society Trustee and retired local GP, will tell the sad story of a Wisbech medical practitioner in the early 20th Century. In 1913 Wisbech was headline news nationally and as far afield as the antipodes! A much-loved local doctor who tended the poor and low-paid died unexpectedly. His death was to have far-reaching consequences.

Monday 9th February 2015
“Revising Pevsner’s Cambridgeshire”
Simon Bradley is joint editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides, Yale University Press. His revised edition of the Cambridgeshire volume is due for publication in October 2014. The entire county has been revisited, revealing much that was unfamiliar or overlooked. Wisbech proved especially rewarding.

Monday 9th March 2015
“Church Architecture in the Wisbech Area”
Revd Neil Batcock is an architectural historian and Rector of Walpole St Peter and West Walton. He will draw interesting comparisons between local churches and Lincoln and Ely Cathedrals.






Wisbech's classical Georgian North Brink