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Welcome to Wisbech Society's New Website

Founded in 1939, Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust is working harder than ever to safeguard the history and heritage of Wisbech, Capital of the Fens and Birthplace to Octavia Hill and Thomas Clarkson.

 

The town's history has positively contributed to our modern society, having been the birthplace of the man who abolished the Slave Trade and the woman who founded the National Trust.

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Membership is open to all!

 

The annual fee not only helps fund the Society’s many and varied activities, but also allows access to a programme of fascinating winter lectures and a series of exclusive trips in the spring and summer months.

 

The Society publishes an Annual Review distributed free of charge to members outlining its activities, together with interesting articles and photographs connected to the town.

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The preservation of the town’s stunning architecture is always very high on the Society's agenda and Fenland District Council consults the Society on planning matters affecting the town’s listed buildings and conservation areas.

 

After a two stage application process, started in 2015, the Society has obtained over £300k of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to save and restore a C19 Grade II listed derelict Chapel at Wisbech General Cemetery, for use as a community facility. The building is now close to completion and a series of events and activities will be taking place.

 

Since 2013, The Society has worked closely with Fenland District Council on a £4 million Townscape Heritage Project to regenerate Wisbech High Street. The Society has pledged £25k of funds to support the project together with the almost £2 million being provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as grants from Wisbech Town Council, Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. Property landlords are expected to match-fund grants.

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Latest achievements

On an afternoon in November 2018, HRH Prince Charles, accompanied by HRH Duchess of Cornwall,...

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To celebrate the installation by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission of 10 headstones marking...

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Winter Lecture - Welfare, The Poor Law and the Workhouse in Wisbech

Eric Somerville describes the provision of care for the poor.


Monday 11th March 2019 from 7:30pm

At The Dwight Centre, WISBECH GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Eric Somerville describes the often draconian provision of care for the poor from medieval times to the introduction of the Welfare State.

Monday 11 March 2019

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