MuDDyBril­liAnt plAn to sAve his­toric wAlls

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588728

Cen­tury-old mud walls in Whit­tle­sey are be­ing trea­sured by a new group which wants to pre­serve them for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. The Whit­tle­sey Mud Walls Group­was­formed­inMarchto pro­moteth­e­his­tor­i­cal­bound­ary walls which were cre­ated in the late 18th cen­tury.

Robert Bod­ding­ton (69) a mem­ber of the group, said there had been 26 walls but that the to­tal was now down to16, in­clud­ingjust oneinEas­trea where he lives.

He said: “We have seen the de­cline of the walls. We are con­cerned about a bit of her­itage and his­tory dis­ap­pear­ing. We want to pre­serve what’s left.

“If they are main­tained they are ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing on for an­other cou­ple of hun­dred years.

“Th­e­long ter­mgoal­is­to­get the bet­ter ones listed.”

The group is seek­ing lot­tery fund­ing to pay for train­ing from build­ing spe­cial­ists on how to pre­serve the walls, which are 18 inches wide.

Apar­tic­u­lar con­cern is the state of the cop­ing (roofs) of the walls which pro­tect them from de­te­ri­o­rat­ing quickly.

Robert i s joined i n the group by fel­low mem­bers of Whit­tle­sey Mu­seum who agreed that ac­tion needed to be taken to stop more mud walls from dis­ap­pear­ing.

He added: “They were orig­i­nally bound­ary walls for prop­er­ties in the town. There werelots and­lots of them, but through the years they have got knocked down be­cause they take up so much room.”

The­group­will­holdits first pub­lic meetinginthe­carpark of the Black Bull in Mar­ket Street dur­ing the Whit­tle­sey Fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 11.

Therewill beat­eamof­pro­fes­sional re­stor­ers fromSPAB (So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of An­cien­tBuild­ings) whow­illbe mak­ing a sec­tion of mud wall.

Cam­paign­ers: Robert Bod­ding­ton, An­nette Glazier, Minn Mean, Jen Bar­back and Jackie and David Preb­ble

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