Wisbech landmark returned thanks to firefighters

A Wisbech firefighter returns the brush to its orginal position at Octavia Hill's Birthplace House
A Wisbech firefighter returns the brush to its orginal position at Octavia Hill's Birthplace House
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A Wisbech landmark has been returned to its original position thanks to kind-hearted firefighters.

The brush, which has been poking out of chimney at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, has been a popular sight with drivers for the last five years.

But it had been missing from the South Brink skyline for nearly a year after it had been pushed further into the chimney – which created a problem for volunteers at the museum.

Luckily firefighters at Wisbech station have come to the rescue by climbing up to replace the brush.

Treasurer David Crouch thanked them for their help. He said: “The brush was quite a landmark and people used to talk about it.

“It was in a difficult place to get to, so we had the idea that the fire brigade might be able to help us.

“They hoisted a ladder onto one of the roofs and climbed up from there.

“We are really grateful to the firefighters and appreciate their help.

“We are pleased to see the brush back where it belongs.”

The brush was placed into the chimney pot to relate to the museum’s Victorian exhibition.

The museum is a Grade II listed building, which dates back to 1740, and honours social reformer Octavia Hill.

Part of the building was bought in 1994 by the Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum Trust, with the remainder purchased in 2007.

The reunification project, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a European Development Fund, was completed in 2009.

A full programme of activities is now on offer at the museum, which includes a talk by Peter Clayton on Manea Colony from 7pm on Wednesday, November 19.

For more information about the talk and the museum, call 01945 476358.