The Birthplace House was built in about 1740 on Wisbech’s South Brink. As a Grade II* listed building, it is particularly important as a building of outstanding architectural or historic interest.
The house was home to James and Caroline Hill as they undertook the social reform activities on which their daughter’s life work was based. It was divided soon after the family left Wisbech.
In 1994, the Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum Trust (registered charity no.1018947) purchased part of the house, opening a museum that is entirely run by volunteers. It attracts visitors from all over the world.
In 2007, the Trust purchased the rest of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and a fundraising appeal, the reunification project was completed in 2009. The first phase re-opened in March 2008… with new, enhanced displays and facilities.
Visitors will learn of the remarkable story of Octavia Hill’s life’s work and her influence on many spheres of modern life.
To ensure we can help you get the best from your visit, please contact us in advance on 01945 476358 or by email to advise us of any special needs you may have.A disabled access lift is availlable for use.
Island Hall, in Godmanchester, is an elegant riverside manision built in the late 1740s. The house is situatedin 3 acres of gardens, including an ornamental Saxon Island in the river Great Ouse. Island Hall is a family run private home and all tours are given by members of the family.
During the 19th century, Island Hall was visited twice by Octavia Hill, who wrote in a letter to her sister, "This is the loveliest, dearest old house, I never was in such a one."www.islandhall.com