New Brown Signs to Point out Tourist Attractions in Wisbech
This is definitely the most awesome news that I will ever share to you: Tourist attractions in Wisbech will finally get a boost when long-awaited brown signs are put up around the town in spring!
Well, if you may know, not all people are aware of our town’s existence. We do have many tourists and visitors. But with every town’s dream, we would still want more. We want many more tourists and visitors. It can help our economy as well as share our town’s beauty.
Going back to our town’s tourist attractions, we have a lot! We have Mile Tree Brewery, the Secret Garden campsite, Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, Pecker House, and Wisbech Park to name a few.
I am so glad that these future signposts will help direct tourists and visitors to our town’s tourist’s attraction. These brown signposts actually started from France in the 1970s. In the 1980s, the Britain has also adapted this one to see if it would also work for them. It was introduced in Kent and Nottingham.
In Kent, I believe that they have signs with symbols to denote their relevant attraction. For me, it is a cool idea. In Nottingham, they only just used text to see whether including a recognisable image on the signs made them easier for motorists to use.
If you can see UK today, their experiment worked. As it had turned out, the signs with symbols proved to be more effective. It was then written into the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions Manual and is now a standard part of their system. As for myself, I would also want a sign to have a symbol on rather than just plain text. It will help me remember what sign it is because of its symbol image.
I really am glad that the town’s council was able to do this for the benefit of our town. I would always take time to know about this project’s updates. Our councillor and deputy mayor David Hodgson said that the town’s new signs will be due to put up before Christmas.
“Design plans for the signs have been sent to me but are yet to be approved by committee. The money is available and the design process is underway and about to be approved.”
“The signs are not far away now.”
A total of 15 tourist attractions will have the new brown signpost. And this is all thanks to the £25,000 money pot from Cambridgeshire County Council. Aside from the new brown sign posts to point out the tourist attractions, there will be also 20 new black signpost to be installed around the town centre to direct visitors to facilities like public toilets, the library, church and museum.
The tourist attractions that will have the brown signpost:
Wisbech Tennis Club
Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum
Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Mile Tree Brewery
Secret Garden campsite
Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum
St Peter’s Church and gardens.
Best Wisbech Cafés and Coffee Shops To TRY (Adding this in my bucket list!)
Ahh… the smell of good food in your table always makes me happy. Who doesn’t love eating, right? Haha!
Being a food junkie myself, I love to try new places to satisfy my cravings. And Wisbech has that!
So, I did a quick research on which cafes and coffee shops are a must-try (if you haven’t tried it yet). Here you go…
1. Bygones Cafe Restaurant
They said it’s like stepping in Mary Poppins’ home! The old fashioned honest café setting seems like giving you a warm friendly welcome from the start.
And take this, accordingly, they offers up the best breakfast in Wisbech. I’d like to try their full, delightful English breakfast! YUM!
If you’re an omelette addict, you should NEVER think twice on dropping by. Reviews said they serve them best!
2. Harbour Cafe Restaurant
I’m thinking how a nautical theme cafe would like (aside from browsing in Pinterest, of course) and I had a quick glimpse from Harbour Cafe Restaurant.
I read some reviews that they have Portuguese food available on menu. Something new to try? Totally putting my cards on the table here.
3. Etcetera Restaurant
Lunch with girl pals? This place might be perfect. I do believe so!
Who would pass a tea and cake in a little courtyard during a lovely day? I won’t.
Need to bring-me-up food on your place? Sure, you do.
Found this place absolutely perfect! Why? Loafers offers fresh, nice variety of sandwiches and different types of baguettes. Pair it up with your favourite coffee or tea — and viola — an afternoon well spent.
5. Poppyfields Restaurant
Big breakfast meals, anyone?
Yes. My friends dropped by here last week and they can’t stop talking about it. Made me real curious.
Now, this place has a lovely poppy decor, that explains the restaurants name: Poppyfield. They’re known to be serving a massive breakfast so it’s definitely my go-to breakfast stop.
6. Costa Coffee
Have you been here? If you’re a coffeeholic like me, then yes, you’re missing out the real deal of a good coffee aroma. It’s one of my favourite coffee shops actually, so I’m a bit bias here BUT really, you won’t regret when you tried their addicted brew.
7. Terry’s Diner Restaurant
A local gem indeed here in Wisbech! They provide no only good food but also of great prices, speedy service and friendly staff.
If your on a return trip from a cycle camp tour, you can’t help but to stop over. And did you know? Their more than 30 years in the industry, too!
I can see some negative reviews on this place BUT you can’t rely on hearsay unless you tried it yourself. And that’s what I want to do. I won’t be discouraged to try their specials in the menu.
I’m also intrigued what’s the “No Bun Beef Patty” be like. They said it’s rather tasty!
That’s a wrap for me. These are already in my “places” that I should try and see for myself if the reviews — good or bad — justifies it all.
A Brief History of Wisbech
I may not have been born in the olden times and would live to tell our town’s history. But I did live here in our town, Wisbech for all of my years. And I am so glad that I have lived in this town and not any other. Anyways, since I have lived in this town for many years, I have ultimately gained many knowledge about our history and our town’s humble beginning.
When I was a child, my grandparents would always tell me about our town’s history. After all, I love listening to stories about history. They told me that our town Wisbech started out as a village. Our town name? It may mean the bank, from the word ‘Bec’ and also the marshy meadow, from the word ‘Wisc’. By 1086, the time of the Domesday book, the little village of Wisbech became a large village. Its population was probably 350. If you lived in those times, typically the village will only have 100 to 120 inhabitants. 350 already is a large standard for a village thus making Wisbech a large village. In those times of Wisbech as a village, most of the men there are fishermen and some are farmers.
The population of Wisbech continues to grow slowly during the 16th century that it reached 1,500 to 1,600. When the fence was drained, Wisbech began to grow rapidly from the mid 17th century. Its newly claimed farmland was very fertile. Agricultural products such as grain, butter and rape-seed oil were exported from Wisbech to London.
Then 1549 came, this is where Wisbech was incorporated. It now has corporation and a mayor. Howver, not all instances that Wisbech is always encountering improvement. By 1587, Wisbech suffered from severe outbreaks of plague. It also experienced civil war. But with all those challenges, Wisbech would still continue to improve.
By the 19th century, many building and architecture are being built. Its port also continued to prosper in these times. In 1840s, many streets were being built. Included in those street was Ruby Street, Henry Street and Whitby Street which were named after Henry Whitby who owned the land in the area. Aside from the severe outbreaks of plague that Wisbech experienced in the past, a new outbreak also hit the town. This time, it was an outbreak of cholera in 1849 and 1854.
By the 20th century, there are now many industries emerging in Wisbech including canning, brewing and light engineering. A war memorial was then erected in 1921. A concrete bridge was built over the river in 1931. By this year, the population was then risen to 12,000 and continued still.
My favourites, the library was built in 1975, the Horse Fair shopping center in 1988 and the Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum in 1995. I would always go to these places and was glad that these were built.
For the current 21st century, our town of Wisbech continues to prosper. Just recently in 2010, the Waterless Park was opened. Our population right now is 20,000.
Welcome To Humble Little Wisbech
Wisbech is a small market town located in Cambridgeshire, England. It is situated 100 miles north of London. And this is my beloved. I have lived here in Wisbech market town for all my years. The people are very hospitable. Since it’s a small market town, almost all of the people here knows each other. It is actually a very homey place. We already have everything we want here. There is nothing more we want in exchange for this town.
In our town here in Wisbech, we have an astonishingly rich history. It is intriguing as well as fascinating. If you look at the buildings all around you, you can see that most of it are ancient in terms of its structure. I love ancient architectures because they give off that olden times vibe, mysterious as well as elegant. And boy I am so glad that my townsfolk were able to preserve the building structures. It must have been a lot of work. I really salute all of my townsfolk for preserving any links relating to our history in our little town. Not all towns are able to do this.
I dedicated this site of mine to our beloved town, Wisbech. And I would really love to share to you, my readers all about what is going on in our town, what we are doing, our history, our proud shops and other things. We have many shops available here even if we are so little.
One of the thing that we are proud of our town is its beauty. Our place is often scouted for future film location and shooting. Isn’t it great? Aside from our town being featured I a film, we the townsfolk can also be part of it as extras. I would really love to be included as an extra in a film. After all, it is also a very nice experience. The ones always being featured in films are the old buildings located along the river. I can remember when I was still a child that I would always go there with my friends to play. An update for the riverside, it is now being improved and a new marina was created.
Aside from it, one of the place that I would totally suggest is the Peckover house. It is a must be visited place. Also the two cinemas and small theatre that is present. See? A small town but complete with cinema houses and small theatre. It is almost like a city itself. Like I told you, all we will ever need is already there. Our town also have many pubs to explore. I would really say that our town Wisbech gives off an aura of faded grandeur.
Our Wisbech Rose Fair and Flower Festival is also a must see. You will never be disappointed with our roses. Churches and the displays will be very pleasing and inspiring.
If you could also search for foreigner who visited our towns, you will see that these visitors have definitely positive reviews. So what are you waiting for? Come and visit us!
NOTHING IN THE WORLD IS LIKE WISBECH
A market town with a rich historical backdrop and a population participating in economic development and entrepreneurship, both retirees and young professionals looking for career growth are definitely in the right place.
This blog is an information hub for everything that Wisbech is and has to offer both residents and outsiders.