When the National Trust’s Peckover House azt Wisbech opens its doors for a new season on March 2nd there will be a new discovery awaiting visitors in the library.
When recently looking at some old books donated to the Trust, House Manager Ben Rickett was surprised to discover a rare book and a handwritten note signed by famous Wisbech son, Thomas Clarkson.
Thomas Clarkson is best remembered for his successful campaign 200 years ago against the slave trade. He is celebrated by the town’s Clarkson Memorial and in the film, “Amazing Grace”, but he is less well known as an author.
“It seems that Thomas Clarkson gave a copy of his new book to a member of the family in 1836 and signed the gift,” said Ben, “There is also a handwritten note of his enclosed in the book, so it is a significant find - not just for us, but for everyone in Wisbech.”
The book and note will be on display ready for the new season beginning 2nd March. There will also be “Behind The Scenes” tours available that day and on Sunday 3rd, allowing visitors to view parts of the house not normally seen. Tickets for the tours are limited and cost £2.50 plus the normal entrance charge for day members (£7.20 adults, £3.60 children.) Entrance to the property is free for NT members. Please phone 01945 583463 for further information.