Fenland author looks at 1700s Wisbech

With a backdrop of North Brink, Wisbech,  author Diane Smith with her new book. ANL-150413-132858009
With a backdrop of North Brink, Wisbech, author Diane Smith with her new book. ANL-150413-132858009

What was it like to walk through 1700s Wisbech? Who were you likely to meet? What buildings would you have seen? What sounds would you have heard and how would it all have smelled?

All these questions and many more are answered in a newly-published book by Fenland born Diane Calton Smith.

In writing ‘A Georgian House on the Brink’, Diane, who has worked for nine years for the National Trust at Peckover House on North Brink, began by exploring the early life of the house.

This spread into discovering what Georgian Wisbech and the Fens would have been like to live in.

The Wisbech that emerges, using old maps, letters and books for research, brings a great many surprises as well as feeling comfortably familiar.

A colourful, vibrant town with its busy port and market come to light, complete with eccentric characters and strange facts.

Discovering a world that used to exist right here on our doorstep has been fascinating, so much so that the more she found out, the more she wanted to know.

Diane, 54, who lives in Wisbech, has always lived in and around Fenland and over the years has written poetry, articles and short stories based on the landscape she loves.

Writing a history of the area seemed a natural next step and she has found ‘A Georgian House on the Brink’ a pleasure to write.

The book has been published by New Generation.

‘A Georgian House on the Brink’ is available at the Peckover House gift shop, Wisbech and Fenland Museum and Etcetera.

It is also available through Waterstones On Line and Amazon.

The book costs £9.99.