Hear all about the pris­on­ers’ legacy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your News -

From 1797 un­til 1814, there was a com­mu­nity 7,000 strong at Nor­man Cross; a com­mu­nity of 6,500 pris­on­ers of war and 500 sol­diers guard­ing them. This com­mu­nity boosted the lo­cal econ­omy, and many farm­ers and brew­ers ben­e­fited from the trade gen­er­ated by this ‘town’. It was a com­mu­nity of many na­tion­al­i­ties: French, Dutch, Ger­man and Ital­ian. There was a school, a hospi­tal, a pun­ish­ment cell, a mar­ket and a ceme­tery. There were dra­matic es­capes, poignant sto­ries and lo­cal leg­ends - and next month you can learn about the legacy these men left upon the lo­cal land­scape. Sto­ries of men such as Jean La Porte, cap­tured at Trafal­gar; Ab­dal­lah, a French drum­mer taken by the Duke of Welling­ton’s army in Spain; and Jean Habart, a fish­er­man who lies buried in Stil­ton. Her­itage Open Days at Nor­man Cross Gallery are Septem­ber 10 and 11 with guided tours at 11am and 2pm. Ad­mis­sion free.

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