Friday 14 August 2015
Wisbech is a market town in the Fens of Cambridgeshire. It is also an inland port with a tidal river called the River Nene. There is likely to have been a settlement here since the Iron Age and Wisbech is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
In the 17th century the town benefitted from the draining of the Fens which turned Wisbech into a prosperous port town. There used to be a canal which joined the RRiver Nene near the town centre but this was filled in and now serves as a dual carriageway. Wisbech Castle was built by William I in 1072, destroyed by flooding in 1236 and rebuilt and exteneded at various stages of its life to the mansion house structure that you see today which is used for weddings and events.
Wisbech has a large population of Eastern Europeans who originally came over to work on the farms. Wisbech is known for its fine architecture mainly of Georgian origin. Wisbech is home to Peckover House, a National Trust property which is open to visitors.
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