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Gorefield has 1 Church which is The Playing Field with Children's AreaChurch of England situated on the High Road. There are 2 schools sited close together on the High Road, one is a Pre-school and the other is a Junior School. In Gote Lane there is a village Hall and on the High Road there is The Bowling Greenalso a Shop and a Public House and Restaurant.On Wolf Lane there is the Playing Field with the Community Hall and Pavilion and close by a Children's Play Area. Incorporated into the play area is section for adult exercise equipment. Adjoining the Community Hall is the Bowling Green.

Nearby is the historic Georgian Town of Wisbech which was a port in Medieval times. Since then the River Ouse has been diverted to Kings Lynn and an artificial river built from Peterborough to the Wash. As a result of the Fens being drained the land around Wisbech became ideal for agriculture and the area became an important trading centre. Wisbech contains some notable places of interest.

Peckover House and Gardens
Peckover House, positioned in the centre of North Brink, is the finest property in Wisbech. Built in 1722, and bought by Jonathan Peckover in the late 18th century, it was given to the National Trust in 1948. The elegant paneled interior rooms contain carved over-mantel Georgian fireplaces and ornate plaster decorations. At the rear is a walled garden with some rare trees, summer houses and a 300 year old orange tree. Tel 01945 583463

The Castle and Crescent
The original Norman Castle was built just after the Norman Conquest to subdue the wild Fenmen and their leader, Hereward the Wake. This was replaced by a Bishop's Palace in 1478 and again later by a mansion built for John Thurlow, Oliver Cromwell's Secretary of State. Joseph Medworth, a local builder, developed the area in 1816 and built the Regency Villa, of which only the gate piers remain. There are 2 crescents of Georgian houses surrounding the circular castle moat.

The Brinks
It was the increase in wealth of the local landowners and merchants that led to the building of the 2 rows of Georgian houses, amongst the finest in England, either side of the River Nene in the 18th century. As they have changed little over the years they have been used in the production of Television dramas such as David Copperfield and Micawber.

The Yacht Harbour
Although the Port of Wisbech operates commercially there are facilities for small craft providing 75 berths. River trips are run by Maritime Leisure Cruises.

Wisbech and Fenland Museum
The museum interior looks like it would have done in Victorian times containing porcelain, pottery and other historical items. Also held here are the manuscript of Dickens 'Great Expectations', Napoleon's breakfast service from the battlefields of Waterloo and Louis XIV's ivory chess set.

The Rose Fair
The Rose Fair is held around the gardens and Church of St Peter and St Paul with the church displaying the flower arrangements and the garden holding the activities and crafts. Fresh picked Fenland strawberries are served for tea and, on Rose Fair Saturday, the procession of floats through the town provides the highlight of the week.

The Church of St Peter and St Paul
Parts of the church date back to the late 12th century with most architectural styles being represented. The 16th century tower houses a unique peal of ten bells. The interior is large and well light by the Victorian stained glass windows. Open Mon - Fri 9 - 5pm (3.30pm in winter). Access on Saturday is by calling the vicarage in Love Lane and on Sunday during services.

For further information about any of the above contact the Tourist Information Centre at 2-3 Bridge Street (01945 583263)
Walk4Life is a site on which you can search for various walks in selected areas. The link has already been set up to list all sites of interest centred on Wisbech.
Walking Routes in the UK is a site which lists known interesting walks in counties of the United Kingdom and has some entries for Cambridgeshire - if you know any others they would be interested to hear from you.
Walking in Cambridgeshire is a site which has more than 50 free Walk descriptions and contact information about walking groups in Cambridgeshire. There are also walking books and maps available to purchase online.
Another site lists Places to eat around Wisbech and has useful information about facilities in Wisbech and Gorefield as well as the rest of East Anglia. There is also information about accommodation, shops and local attractions.
If anyone can provide any information about the locality please fill out the submission form or e-mail or phone the webmaster (01945 870121).
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