Check out the bunnies!
One of Wisbech’s landmarks, the Freedom Bridge roundabout, with its family of rabbits, is currently undergoing a major facelift, with a boating theme in homage to the multi-million pound Nene Waterfront Regeneration that will transform the economic fortunes of the town.
The cruisers, named Bright Eyes, Nutmeg and Hazel after characters in the best selling book, Watership Down, will be filled with flowers, specially selected for their colour – and rabbit-proof qualities.
The roundabout will be turned into an attractive centrepiece where the rabbits will be fed and watered properly from special troughs.
Free Parking is available in town at the following destinations:
Horsefair - Free in the white bays, up to 3 hours. Yellow bays on second level are paid and are available for over 3 hours. If I was going into town, i would normally park here, its well lit, and patrolled by a parking attendent!
Church Terrece - 24 hours max stay - a few potholes though!
Somers Road - 24 hours max stay - bays aren't clearly marked!
Chapel Road - 24 hours max stay - bit of a walk into town!
Rabbit island. A load of cobbles.
There is a roundabout by the 'Freedom Bridge' that is locally known as 'Rabbit island'.
No one is quite sure how the rabbits got there, but being surrounded by traffic on all sides something quite strange has happened.
It's a kind of Darwinian 'missing link' or evolution working on overtime. With no natural enemies (except the car) they can breed at will to fill their little eco-system. Half the populace seem to hate it, and demand the council shoot the lot of 'em. The other half bring them carrots.
The council responded by at least planting the area with plants that were thought to be 'rabbit unfreindly'. They presumbly hoped that in time the population would decrease. 'Rabbit unfreindly' is a phrase that seems to mean 'rocks'. I can't see much else on it.
Wisbech and Fenland Museum
The well preserved museum interior (1846-1847) houses displays of the diverse collections and the museum library, while the newly restored Georgian Hudson Wing has a temporary exhibition gallery and a new permanent display onthe changing landscapes of the Fens. Collections include geology, archaeology, local maps, photographs, archives, parish and manorial records, zoology, decorative and fine art. Houses collection donation by Chauncy Hare Townshend -including treasures such as Napeleons breakfast service and the original manuscript of Dickens, Great Expectations.
Wisbech has been described as one of East Anglia's most beautiful towns, although there is considerable competition for this honour, even from neighbouring Ely. One of the beauties of visiting towns like Wisbech is that few others do: maybe a few families in any one day and the residents of the town - tourism feels a world away. Tourists head for Cambridge, Wisbech is way off the beaten track.
Wisbech, these days, was once one of the most important towns and ports in England, the lynchpin in the exports of the most lucrative agricultural areas of the country. Although a long way inland, much effort was spent down the centuries keeping the River Nene free from silt and navigable. the job was complicated by the ongoing desire to create more agricultural land by draining the Fens.
The whole area - Wisbech included - lies at sea-level and the town has struggled to keep the water at bay. Even today, the River Nene, which runs through the centre of the town, looks menacing in its deep channel, with huge steel plating and concrete walls keeping the water at bay.