The Peckovers of Wisbech

Peckover House entrance hall
Jonathan Peckover bought Peckover House in the 1790s National Trust Images / Andreas von Einsiedel

The Peckover family's wealth derived from banking. In 1777 Jonathan Peckover moved to Wisbech and established a small grocer's business. Respected for his strong moral principles, honesty and decency, he soon began holding his customers' money for safe-keeping...

What was informally known as 'Peckover's Bank' had seven accounts in its ledger in 1782, when Jonathan entered into partnership with the well-established Quaker bankers, Gurneys & Co. of Norwich.

Wisbech's first official bank

Jonathan's bank, now known as the Wisbech and Lincolnshire Bank, became Wisbech's first official bank. 
It thrived under his family's management until 1893 when direct family involvement in the bank ceased.
In 1896 the Peckover's bank was amalgamated with 19 other private banks into Barclays Bank.

A role in Wisbech's history

The Peckovers played an important role in the history of Wisbech, and through their wealth, they supported many institutions including the Wisbech and Fenland Museum and the Working Men's Club and Institute.
Known for their philanthropy, they were concerned with various causes and campaigned for the abolition of slavery, pacificism and improvements in education.

Peckover House

Jonathan Peckover, purchased Peckover House in the 1790s. The North brink, where Peckover House stands, is one of the great streetscapes of Georgian England - a handsome testament to the prosperity of Wisbech during the 18th-century.
Just over 150 years later Peckover House, its garden and estate of 48 acres were given to the National Trust in 1943 by Alexandrina Peckover, the last descendant of Jonathan Peckover.