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Wisbech Park

Introduction

Wisbech Park stretches out over 11 acres within the Bowthorpe Conservation Area, with large open grass fields and mature wooded areas.

Wisbech Park is a traditional Victoria park which has welcomed visitors since its opening in 1869. The park is home to several nationally important heritage landmarks including the impressive Richard Young Memorial Column (Grade II listed, 1872) and the traditional bandstand (Grade II listed, 1908).

Wisbech Park has achieved the Green Flag since 2008.

The Commissioners undertook to plant a lime avenue along the west side of the Park now called The Avenue. The main contributors to the cost of 3,769.18s.10d pounds were William and Algernon Peckover, bankers, influenced by Octavia Hill, who argued for the provision of open spaces in towns. Overlooking the south of the Park a new hospital was built in 1873, with a lodge and a detached residence for the surgeon. This was in harmony with the elegant houses existing along Townshend Road. A memorial column erected in 1871 to the late Richard Young, MP, still stands today near the bandstand which was opened on 9th July 1908.

The Park is divided by a path and privet hedge. The northern part comprises a fine arboretum that to the south provides several sports areas, bowls, tennis, football and a children's play area. A concrete platform along the privet hedge, once served as a base for an army tank. Recently a garden, designed by Diane Maclean, has been laid out by the Nene Housing Society, incorporating tall timber poles arranged in groups of three adjacent to snake-like paving patterns.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

Wisbech Park has a Play Area, Winter Garden, Bandstand, Picnic Area, Tennis Court, Basketball Court

Directions

Wisbech Park is just a 10 minute walk from Wisbech town centre, simply follow the pedestrian signposts.

History

In 1869, 7.6 hectares were bought from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for the creation of a public park in Wisbech. The Park was opened in 1869 and is situated to the west of Townshend Road.

Period

Victorian (1837-1901)

Features & Designations

Features

  • Avenue
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  • Hedge
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Key Information

Type

Public Park

Purpose

Recreational/sport

Period

Victorian (1837-1901)

Survival

Extant

Open to the public

Yes

Civil Parish

Wisbech

References

Contributors

  • Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust