Updating the Merchants Trail
Updating the Merchants Trail for visitors and residents to learn more about the towns History with a booklet and an exciting new mobile App
A Merchants’ Trail for Wisbech was developed a number of years ago designed to guide people by way of a downloaded podcast and map of Wisbech exploring the history of the town and identifying key areas of interest. The brass plaques in the ground can still be seen in a number of locations which correspond to “stops” on the trail.
With the support from a group of project volunteers including representatives from the Wisbech Society, Street Pride and WISARD, The High Street Project has funded an update of the existing Merchants’ Trail, refreshing the information on some of the locations and creating a new map to bring it up to date. We have also included a new “stop” on the trail at the Wisbech General Cemetery which has recently been renovated with a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Trail Booklet and Map
The updated trail will be launched on Saturday 10th August 2019 between 10am and 2pm outside the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, where visitors can have a look at the App as well as pick up a copy of the trail booklet. There will also be a tour at 1pm covering a few of the nearby “stops” on the trail led by local historian Kevin Rodgers.
Once printed, copies will be available at various locations across the town including the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, the Information Centre, Peckover House. Elgoods Brewery, Wisbech Library, Octavia Hill Museum, Octavia View and the Customer Service Centre at The Boathouse.
There will also be a downloadable version of the trail and map available from the resources page on the project website.
The development of the Wisbech Merchants Trail App provides an up-to-date alternative to the traditional paper trail. Available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store soon, the App includes an interactive map and easy to navigate pages. Join local author Diane Calton-Smith, who provides the voice for the trail, on a tour of 17 different historic locations within the town.
Read a blog from one of the project volunteers Dr Eric Somerville written during the early stages of the trail development.