Plans to bring Wisbech High Street 'back to its former glory' revealed at Heritage Open Days
PUBLISHED: 11:12 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:12 04 September 2018
Plans to restore Wisbech's High Street to its 'former glory' are being revealed during the Heritage Open Days held across the region this month.
Members of the public have the opportunity to learn more about the Wisbech High Street Project during the events held from September 6 to 9 and 13 to 16.
Councillor David Oliver, Fenland District Council’s cabinet member responsible for heritage, said: “The Heritage Open Days events are a great opportunity for both locals and visitors from outside Fenland to find out more about our rich history, architecture and culture.”
Locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy talks and walks, tours and exhibitions, as well as an opportunity to explore historic buildings for free, some of which are not usually open to the public.
Councillor Mark Buckton, the council’s cabinet member responsible for tourism, said: “Many of the events are run entirely by volunteers and there’s something for everyone over the two weekends.
“It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore.”
One of the events will focus on the Heritage Lottery-funded High Street Project, which is being delivered by Fenland District Council as part of the Wisbech 2020 Vision, with support from several local organisations including Wisbech Society and Wisbech Town Council.
A display is being held on the High Street near the Clarkson Memorial (outside William H Brown Estate Agents) on Saturday, September 8, from 10am to 4pm, where people can find out about the project and work to repair and restore the High Street’s historic properties.
There will also be a display of photographs and adverts of the old shops, as well as tours of the High Street at 12pm and 2.30pm.
The tours will take a look at the architecture of the historic buildings and there will also be an opportunity to look inside ‘The Gap’ site at No 24, where a building collapsed 30 years ago, and learn about plans to transform it into a new area for public use.
Other events in Wisbech include access to Wisbech Castle and its gardens and free entry to Peckover House, while Wisbech Corn Exchange is opening for the first time in 28 years.
For more information, visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk