Lambert’s Walk land purchased
The journey and impact of the Heritage Lottery Fund at Wisbech General Cemetery.
The Wisbech General Cemetery Project is being undertaken by The Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust with the physical support of The Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery and financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Wisbech Society has taken an active interest in the fate of the Wisbech General Cemetery since it was closed in 1972.
Firstly, a Lease to the Wisbech Society for the 30-year period required by HLF from Fenland District Council, the current owners of the Cemetery and Chapel was finalised and agreed by HLF.
Planning Permission and Listed Building consent for the Grade 2 listed Chapel, subject to some conditions, had been obtained during the Development Stage.
Contractor, North Cambs Developments Ltd., was appointed in December 2017 with a start date of 3rd January 2018 and a completion date of July 2018.
Preliminary work by tree surgeons to trim the trees that had overgrown the Chapel over several decades was carried out in September, after the nesting season had ended, permitting more natural light to penetrate the canopy.
Work on site commenced as scheduled with the careful uplifting to storage of the original sandstone slabs and tiles, 170 years since they were laid.
At the same time ducts to carry the new electrical supply cable, telephone and broadband connection and wastewater pipe were installed in a trench.
On a very rainy day between Christmas and New Year, the plants were dug up and stored by a team of Society members and Friends who later reinstated them.
At the time of writing in February, the access scaffolding has been erected both inside and around the outside of the building and the repair work to the top of the walls and the incorporation of gutters and internal down pipes is under way.
With the addition of the new wooden framed windows and door, the building will then be weather tight for the first time for over 40 years.
All the works are being overseen by the Architects, Brand Associates and to the approval of the FDC Conservation Officer.
In parallel with the construction programme, a great deal of time and progress has been achieved with many of the other project activities including:
The orders for the CCTV coverage have been placed
The fusion glass artwork for the two small sash windows at the end of the chapel has been designed ready for application
The prioritised schedule of repairs to old and vandalised monuments in the vicinity of the Chapel has been prepared and quotations for the work are being obtained
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission are actively arranging for the provision and placing of 10 new headstones, to mark the final resting places of local soldiers who died of their injuries received in WW1
The assembling of the records of the burials continues and very interestingly, the raised profile of the Cemetery through this project is attracting more and more information about the people buried there and their modern-day descendants
Lambert’s Walk land purchased
Heads of agreement with FDC for lease of Chapel and Cemetery
Submission to HLF
HLF feasibility grant awarded
HLF Round 1 grant awarded
HLF Round 2 submission submitted
HLF Round 2 grant awarded
Permission to start from HLF
Chapel ready to use
We always welcome new volunteers to help with conservation work and research of the Wisbech General Cemetery.
If you are interested in being a part of the project or would like further information, please get in touch.