Wisbech General Cemetery to be given a new lease of life thanks to £303,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

PUBLISHED: 15:11 28 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:26 28 March 2017

The Wisbech Society has received over £303,000 to continue their preservation work at Wisbech General Cemetery.

The Wisbech Society has received over £303,000 to continue their preservation work at Wisbech General Cemetery.

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The Wisbech General Cemetery has received a massive cash boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Wisbech Society, which is in charge of the upkeep of the cemetery, has been awarded £303,800 by the HLF so it can continue its work on restoring and preserving the historic site.

The Society plans on using the funding to restore the chapel and a number of gravestones, digitalising its records and producing a booklet containing the history of the cemetery.

A Wisbech Society spokesman said: “The team behind the successful application would like to thank the Wisbech businesses and residents who have helped them turn their vision into reality.

“Thanks also go to National Lottery players who have made this funding possible. Now the quest is on to garner further support that will help turn a nationally significant part of Wisbech into an asset available for the enjoyment of all.”

Opened in 1836, the cemetery is the resting place to over 6,000 people. It is one of just a handful in the country for non-religious burials but stopped taking burials in the 1970s.

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