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Wisbech Society has published a range of books about the town, its surroundings, and various eminent historical citizens. Some have been written by our own trustees, but all offer a wealth of information. We also offer a set of six watercolour cards featuring images of the town.

The publications listed below can be purchased:

  • In person from Wisbech and Fenland Museum or March Museum.
  • By mail order from David Crouch, 1 The Chase, Leverington Road, Wisbech PE13 1RX. Please add £1.50 per item for postage and packing, except for the hardback coffee table book "Wisbech: Forty Perspectives of a Fenland Town", for which P&P is £2.00. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to "The Wisbech Society".
  • Online with payment via PayPal or any recognised credit or debit card.

Please note, postage prices apply to UK addresses only. If you would like your order delivered to an address outside the UK, please contact David Crouch for advice.

Captain Neil Primrose MP (1882-1917) NEW: CAPTAIN NEIL PRIMROSE MP

Martin Gibson

Paperback, A5 portrait
Pages: 28
Price: £3.50 + £1.50 P&P

Captain Neil Primrose was MP for the Wisbech division of Cambridgeshire from 1910 until his death in action on 15 November 1917. This biography by Martin Gibson charts his short but eventful life and his achievements.

Wisbech WISBECH: FORTY PERSPECTIVES OF A FENLAND TOWN
Text: Dorothy Thurman, Illustrations: Derek Abel

Softback, A4 landscape
Pages: 44
Price: £10.00 + £2.00 P&P

A superb coffee table book featuring watercolours and line drawings of the forty featured buildings and monuments of the town. The text brings the architecture of Wisbech to life, by interweaving it with the history and personalities of the town. It makes a great gift or souvenir for visitors and local residents alike.

NEW EDITION NOW IN STOCK!

Cemeteries, Graveyards and Memorials in Wisbech CEMETERIES, GRAVEYARDS AND MEMORIALS IN WISBECH
Bridget Holmes

Paperback, A5 portrait
Pages: 32
Price: £3.50 + £1.50 P&P

Most of us rarely, if ever, visit our local graveyards and cemeteries. As Bridget Holmes explains in her meticulously researched account, they can provide a wealth of historical information. This handy-sized book is a must-have accompaniment for a tour of Wisbech with a difference. Contains black and white illustrations.

Free Thinkers and Trouble Makers FREE THINKERS AND TROUBLE-MAKERS: FENLAND DISSENTERS
Harry Jones

Paperback, A5 portrait
Pages: 56
Price: £3.50 + £1.50 P&P

Former Isle College principal Harry Jones explores the area's rich history of non-conformists and poses the question as to why the area should boast more than its fair share of such eminent historical figures, most of whom do not enjoy the fame and recognition they deserve. Contains black and white illustrations.

The Clarksons of Wisbech THE CLARKSONS OF WISBECH
Ellen Gibson Wilson

Paperback, A5 portrait
Pages: 24
Price: £3.50 + £1.50 P&P

This book is a transcript of a lecture given to Wisbech Society by historian Ellen Wilson. Brothers Thomas and John Clarkson made huge contributions to the abolition of slavery and are commemorated by the Clarkson Memorial in the centre of Wisbech. Contains black and white illustrations.

Octavia Hill 1838-1912 OCTAVIA HILL 1838-1912: BORN IN WISBECH
Peter Clayton

Paperback, A5 portrait
Pages: 24
Price: £3.50 + £1.50 P&P

Most residents of Wisbech know of the presence of the Octavia Hill Birthplace House on the South Brink, but how many of us know what she did? Peter Clayton of the Octavia Hill Trust sheds light on her many contributions to the standard of living we enjoy today. This book is an essential read either before or after a visit to the excellent museum. Contains black and white illustrations.

Peckovers of Wisbech THE PECKOVERS OF WISBECH: A QUAKER BANKING FAMILY
Madeline G H McReynolds

Paperback, A5 portrait
Pages: 24
Price: £3.50 + £1.50 P&P

The name Peckover is more synonymous with Wisbech than any other, and the house on the North Brink which bears their name is surely the highlight of any visit to the town. American scholar Madeline Reynolds charts the enormous contribution made to the life of our town by several generations of Peckovers. Contains black and white illustrations.

Richard Young of Wisbech RICHARD YOUNG OF WISBECH 1809-1871: FROM SLUICEKEEPER TO SHERIFF
Roger Powell

Paperback, A5 portrait
Pages: 24
Price: £3.50 + £1.50 P&P

Published in memory of Helen Parkin who initiated its research and writing, this book celebrates the life and work of self-made ship owner Richard Young. The fourth book in the series, it features perhaps the least well-known subject. It was completed by Trustee and Open University lecturer Roger Powell. Contains black and white illustrations.

Fenland: A Landscape Made by Man FENLAND: A LANDSCAPE MADE BY MAN
Peter Hewitt

Paperback, A5 portrait
Pages: 32
Price: £3.50 + £1.50 P&P

This is a fascinating account of the engineering that has taken place in order to produce the drainage system and geography of the Fens which we know today. We may take for granted our ability to live in the flatlands, but Peter Hewitt's book introduces the pioneers who made this possible. Contains colour and black and white illustrations.

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST PETER & ST PAUL, WISBECH
Wim Zwalf

Paperback, A5 portrait
Pages: 32
Price: £3.50 + £1.50 P&P

Like most churches, the history of St Peter & St Paul's is entwined with that of its surrounding parish. An imposing focal point of the centre of Wisbech, it is by far the oldest building, boasting 800 years of, sometimes chequered, history as related by former vicar Rev Wim Zwalf. This book is a superb accompaniment to any visit to this fine building. Contains black and white illustrations.

Set of six cards and envelopes SET OF SIX CARDS AND ENVELOPES
Illustrated by Derek Abel

Landscape
Price: £2.50 + £1.50 P&P

These cards feature delightful watercolour pictures by Derek Abel of six images of Wisbech: Elgood's Brewery, St Peter and St Paul's Church, the North Brink, the Octavia Hill Birthplace House, the Wisbech and Fenland Museum and a map of the town centre. These make a delightful greeting or thank you card, with a special local touch.

 

Wisbech's classical Georgian North Brink