Wisbech -Through the eyes of the Peckovers

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Views of old Wisbech

Wisbech, Town Bridge looking towards North Brink, c.1860 © National Trust

Wisbech, Town Bridge looking towards North Brink, c.1860


 During the late 18th and throughout the 19th century, Wisbech was a prosperous merchants town with a busy port exporting wool and grain, and importing coal and timber.

The North and South Brinks, which face each other across the tidal River Nene, developed around the mercantile activities, and the Peckovers opened a banking business from their home on North Brink - Bank House.

North Brink is considered by many to be the most outstanding feature of Wisbech. In his ‘Buildings of England’ Nikolaus Pevsner described it as one of the finest Georgian brick streets in England.

Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust, was born in 7 South Brink, nearly opposite the home of the Peckovers on the North Brink.