Explore Peckover House
Uncover the story behind Peckover House, a glorious example of a Georgian home as we safely re-open this summer. With our team of volunteer guides on hand to personally talk you through the unique house and tell the tales of the family that resided within.
This classic Georgian merchants town house was lived in by the Peckover family for 150 years.
The Banking Hall
When the Wisbech and Lincolnshire bank first opened its doors, customers entering the banking hall would have found themselves in a large airy room. Ranged in front of them the clerks, equipped with scales to check the weight of coins to be deposited. Behind the scenes the ledgers recording the banks financial transactions were stored on wooden shelving supported by iron brackets. Though the banking hall was partially demolished in the 1870s, some remains above ground to appreciate its former scale and layout. The surviving sections now contain an exhibition space relating to the history of the Peckovers banking business. Below ground the brick vaults that once held gold and silver coinage and the massive doors to the vaults survive little changed.
Completed in 1878 to designs by Edward Boardman, a notable Norwich architect, the library was built to house Alexander Peckover's growing collection of books. Fitted book presses lined the new room which was furnished with walnut and mahogany furniture.
When a family member took down one of the volumes, the range of subjects they could choose from was broad; architecture, religion, natural history and science. Sales in the early 20th century stripped the library of its books and furniture, leaving a stark shell. Alexanders book collection was dispersed across the world. In 1998-9 the National Trust, following Boardman’s original design, reconstructed the book presses on one of the walls and replicated hand-blocked wallpaper that once graced the room.
The Dining Room
Naturally lit by two large windows, the room is light and airy. Though electricity was introduced into the house in the 1920s, Alexandrina and Jane Peckover preferred to dine with candles casting their light on the walls and curtains. Today, reproduction Chippendale chairs owned by the family and late Victorian bracket clock remain on display. With the room reflecting Alexandrina’s later years in the house.
The First Floor
There were four family bedrooms on the first floor of the house and further bedrooms for family and servants on the upper floors. Lord Alexander Peckover's, bedroom is by far the grandest room in the house as it once served as the main drawing room. Today the first floor rooms display objects outlining the history of the family, the house and the town. One bedroom has been recreated as it might have appeared in the early 19th century. Lord Peckover’s bedroom houses the new Grand Tour Exhibition.