Wisbech General Cemetery: A Heritage Lottery Funded Project.
A project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to restore and make good use of the General Cemetery's Chapel, in the heart of Wisbech
Wisbech Society and the Friends of Leverington Road Cemetery announce Heritage Weekend events for 10 and 11 September
Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery will be on hand between 10am and 4pm across Heritage Weekend, 10/11 September, equipped with maps and a list of those interred in the cemetery for visitors interested in family research.
The Wisbech Society will also be present, explaining its exciting plans, using Heritage Lottery Funding, to bring the cemetery’s chapel back into community use. There will be displays from the Fenland Family History Society and the Fenland Focus Forum, plus activities for children, including a demonstration by Peckover School of tile making for the restoration of the chapel floor.
Two guided walks are also available. On Saturday, 10 September, Sue Beel, Chair of the Friends, will lead visitors around the cemetery from 2pm. On Sunday, 11 September, Peter Clayton, of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, will begin his ‘Local Heroes’ walk, also at 2pm.
This attractive, peaceful corner of Wisbech originated in 1836 as one of the first Victorian burial grounds in the country. Primarily for non-conformist burials, it became the final resting place of many prominent Wisbech residents over the next century.
Covering approximately 3 acres, the cemetery was laid out as a formal garden with gravel pathways, lawns, trees and flowering shrubs, following the style of the latest cemeteries in London and Paris.
Today, as well as being a historical treasure, it is a woodland habitat and wildlife haven of a type rare in this part of Fenland.
Wisbech's classical Georgian North Brink