Peckover House, Wisbech
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Peckover House is a grand merchant's house in Wisbech in the north of Cambridgeshire, a house which is now owned and managed by the National Trust by the name Peckover House and Garden. The house stands in North Brink in Wisbech.
Peckover House was built in 1722 and bought by Jonathan Peckover at the end of the 18th century. Alexander Peckover was created Baron Peckover in 1907. The Peckovers, a Quaker banking family and owners of the Peckover Bank, presented the building to the National Trust in 1948. During the period in which the building was in the ownership of the Peckovers, the building was known as Bank House.
The exterior of the house gives little idea of the elaborate and elegant interior of fine panelled rooms, Georgian fireplaces with carved over-mantels, and ornate plaster decorations
At the back of the house is a beautiful two-acre Victorian walled garden with interesting and rare trees, delightful summer houses and fruiting orange trees, thought to be 300 years old, roses, herbaceous borders, fernery, croquet lawn and 17th-century reed thatched barn.
- Peckover House was the inspiration for John Gordon's 1970 novel, The House on the Brink.
- The film was the subject of an episode of a BBC documentary on National Trust gardens, in 1992, produced by Peter Seabrook.
- The house has been used for a number of films, including Dean Spanley.
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