WHAT'S LOCAL

Wisbech & Fenland Museum is one of the oldest museums in the United Kingdom.

The collections were initiated by the town's Literary and Museum Societies which were formed in 1781 and 1835 respectively. Since the Museum opened in 1847, the collections have continued to grow, but the essence of the Museum remains virtually unchanged. So come and discover a treasure house of rare and unusual artefacts, illuminating history, both local and worldwide, recent and ancient.

Peckover House is a secret gem, an oasis hidden away in an urban environment. A classic Georgian merchant's town house, it was lived in by the Peckover family for 150 years.

The Peckovers were staunch Quakers, which meant they had a very simple lifestyle - yet at the same time they ran a successful private bank. Both facets of their life can be seen as you wander through the house and gardens.

The gardens themselves are outstanding - 0.8 hectares (2 acres) of sensory delight, complete with orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose garden with more than 60 species of rose.

The Luxe has one 70 seat Screen, where you can watch the film of your choice in fully air conditioned luxurious surroundings.

They offer Autism and Sensory Friendly Screenings, where the entire building is set up to be as relaxing and calm as possible.

There's also an elegant, fully licenced Bar.

Octavia Hill (1838-1912), one of the three founders of the National Trust, was a woman ahead of her time. An artist and a radical, she was a pioneer of affordable housing and can be seen as the founder of modern social work, she was one of the most influential of all Victorians. Her remarkable achievements are ideal to study topics concerning housing, the good health of communities, conservation and the environment. 

Elgood’s Brewery is a family business established over 200 years ago and run by the Elgood family since 1878. 

Today’s Chairman is Nigel Elgood, who ran the brewery as managing director from 1968 to 2002. 

In that year he handed over the running of the business to the eldest of his three daughters Belinda, who continues as the managing director; while her two sisters Claire and Jennifer are directors. We are very proud of our family history and its association with Elgood’s Brewery.

Wisbech grew around the original Norman Castle, constructed by William the Conqueror, at a strategically important location at the head of the estuary created by the waters of the River Ouse (or Wyse) and the River Nene. It provided an ideal location to subdue the Fenmen and impose Norman rule, with good river communications inland to Peterborough, Cambridge and beyond.

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TEL: 01945 585044

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