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Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

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Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Wisbech is a market town, inland port and civil parish with a population of 20,200 in the Fens of Cambridgeshire. The tidal River Nene runs through the centre of the town and is spanned by two bridges. The name is believed to mean on the back of the (River) Ouse, Ouse being a common Celtic word relating to 'water' and the name of a river that once flowed through the town.
Post townWISBECH
Administrative CountyCambridgeshire
Traditional CountyCambridgeshire / Norfolk
OS GridTF4609
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityCambridgeshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCambridgeshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCambridgeshire
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01945
Population20,200 (2001)

Other names by which Wisbech, Cambridgeshire has been known in the past

Wisbeach ~ Wisbeach St Mary ~ Wisbech St Mary ~ Wisbech St Peter ~ Wisbich ~ Wisebec ~ Wysbich ~ Wisbece

Wisbech, Cambridgeshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Wisbech.-- (or Wisbeach), mun. bor., par. (Wisbech St Peter), market town, and port, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, on river Nen, 22 miles NE. of Peterborough, 6432 ac., pop. 9249; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-days, Thursday and Saturday. The river, which is crossed by an iron bridge, and is joined to the Ouse by the Wisbech Canal, has been greatly improved for navigation, and admits of vessels of between 400 and 500 tons discharging their cargoes near the town. The chief trade is in the export of agricultural produce, and the import of timber, coal, &c. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) The ancient parish church has a double nave and a fine detached tower. A monument has been erected to Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), the slavery abolitionist, who was a native. Wisbech acquired a castle in 1071 from William the Conqueror. Between the years 1236 and 1614 Wisbech was four times inundated by the sea. It was made a mun. bor. in the time of Edward VI.

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