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Skies – Anita Bowles

Skies – Anita Bowles

Anita has been out and about again and shared her new photos with us! Look at those Fenland Skies!

Art in Nature

Art in Nature

Local people should be able to work out where this one is! A piece of work by one of our Inspiration contributors, it is a little hidden away.

Poetry Square

Poetry Square

Many of our contributed poems have had a square produced for them – a quote from the poem to help us share more easily on social media but also so we can display them in the game. This one is at the start of the game, at the spawn point. It’s about William Godwin – another radical thinker born in the town – here’s part of the Wikipedia page about him:

William Godwin (3 March 1756 – 7 April 1836) was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist. He is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism and the first modern proponent of anarchism.[2] Godwin is most famous for two books that he published within the space of a year: An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, an attack on political institutions, and Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, an early mystery novel which attacks aristocratic privilege. Based on the success of both, Godwin featured prominently in the radical circles of London in the 1790s. He wrote prolifically in the genres of novels, history and demography throughout his life.

In the conservative reaction to British radicalism, Godwin was attacked, in part because of his marriage to the feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft in 1797 and his candid biography of her after her death from childbirth. Their daughter, later known as Mary Shelley, would go on to write Frankenstein and marry the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. With his second wife, Mary Jane Clairmont, Godwin set up The Juvenile Library, allowing the family to write their own works for children (sometimes using noms de plume) and translate and publish many other books, some of enduring significance. Godwin has had considerable influence on British literature and literary culture.

Peckover House

Peckover House

See more of Brandon’s work on the website here and when you’re in the map, take a walk down North Brink until you get to Peckover House and see it in the Minecraft form as well as illustrated.

Mandala puzzle

Mandala puzzle

As you go through town, you’ll find a couple of Mandalas that have been sent in, they’re beautiful in their own right but then we made them into a puzzle on the ground! We’ll have information stands throughout the map, this screenshot shows you the 

In the Wash

In the Wash

By local author Diane Calton Smith.

‘In The Wash’ is a Fenland History set in the time of King John. The loss of his baggage train in the Wash in 1216 has become interwoven with local legend and we have no way of knowing any more what really happened. There are too many theories and there is too little evidence.

see more on her page here

We decided to add the book to the map as a nod to the river being a part of the town, but also a part of the wider history of the area. The river Nene goes out to the Wash.

Minecraft as Planning Tool!

Minecraft as Planning Tool!

The map was generated from LIDAR data – accurately representing the heights of everything from the ground up. It was then combined with street map data to judge whether there was a building, tree, street or in our case river. These blocks were then changed 

The Clarkson Memorial

The Clarkson Memorial

From Wikipedia: The Clarkson Memorial commemorates Thomas Clarkson (1760 – 1846), a central figure in the campaign against the slave trade in the British empire, and a former native of Wisbech. It dates from 1880 – 1881 and is a Grade II* listed building.[1] The 

Town Bridge

Town Bridge

Crossing the river where it has been crossed for centuries, this bridge leads from the High Street, Nene Parade, South Brink and Bridge Street across to North Brink and the Old Market. The main large building in front (with dark curved arches on the lower level) is No 1 North Brink, the Corn Exchange, with the Town Council Chamber above. The painting is by Clive Bilcliff and you can find it here

Where is Freedom Born – Pete Cox

Where is Freedom Born – Pete Cox

Is freedom born in a fire burning a palace?

Brandon Mattless

Brandon Mattless

Local Illustrator/Designer, Brandon has produced work that has been sold across the UK including: Waitrose, ASDA, Clintons & UK Greetings He works with the Wisbech and Fenland Museum on ideas to support young artists. He has kindly sent us some of his pieces of Wisbech, 

St Peter’s and Castle Lodge Area – Anita Bowles

St Peter’s and Castle Lodge Area – Anita Bowles

“After lockdown I saw the world from new angles and with a new phone in hand I took some photos with wide lens of the St. Peter’s church. I’ve grown up in Elm and many generations before me. I’ve always loved taking photography and capturing moments of time.”

Find Anita on Facebook.

Another Town – C J Mawganson

Another Town – C J Mawganson

What can be done

Is there ever a way

Mike Stallard

Mike Stallard

  Mike tells us: “The building is the centre of a tiny village in Hungary – I forget the name – which I did for my next door neighbour in return for a couple of jars of delicious pickles. It was her hometown. She moved 

Fen Blow – C J Mawganson

Fen Blow – C J Mawganson

 

Feel the Fen Blow bey,

It rattles the bones

Through graves long forgotten,

In church yards of stone

Lazy old Easterly

Howls like a dog,

Then covers the dykes

In a blanket of fog

Reddens the hands

Travelled from foreign parts

Who harvest the land,

Picking artichoke hearts.

Gets up the tails

Of the long-legged hares,

That run for their lives

From the Gamekeeper’s glares

Swirls round the bench

And kisses the face

Of dear Molly Watkins,

At peace in her place

Brucks up the fruit trays

Stacked high the markets.

Makes pots goo a gutzer,

Snaps flowers in baskets

Snatches the bread

From the men eating dockey

Whilst sat on memorials,

Saddened with poppies

The sky’s blue as Woad dye

So stretch out your hand

And feel the Fen Blow, bey

For this is Fen Land

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Rebecca Shaw Engraving

Rebecca Shaw Engraving

  From Rebecca: “During lockdown I started making engraved personalised items. I started this for mostly friends and family however am trying to spread the word to others so they can enjoy hand made keep sakes too. I have made a little Facebook group called