Plaque for country’s lowest pub in Holme

Fenland Trust plaque unveiling at the  Admiral Wells pub, Holme. The lowest pub in the country.  Pictured are Joihn Griffin and landlord David Whittington with Councillor Tim Alban EMN-171126-164900009
Fenland Trust plaque unveiling at the Admiral Wells pub, Holme. The lowest pub in the country. Pictured are Joihn Griffin and landlord David Whittington with Councillor Tim Alban EMN-171126-164900009
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The Yaxley-based heritage organisation The Fenland Trust has unveiled a heritage plaque at the lowest pub in the British Isles – The Admiral Wells in Holme.

The stone plaque was unveiled at the hostelry in Station Road on November 26, followed by the opening of a local history exhibition in the Admiral’s function room.

Fenland Trust plaque unveiling at the  Admiral Wells pub, Holme. The lowest pub in the country. Pictured with items in the historical display  are Sheila Tibbs and Sue Knight EMN-171126-164822009

Fenland Trust plaque unveiling at the Admiral Wells pub, Holme. The lowest pub in the country. Pictured with items in the historical display are Sheila Tibbs and Sue Knight EMN-171126-164822009

Following the draining of Whittlesey Mere in 1850-52, William Wells (grandson of the pubs namesake Vice Admiral Wells) sank a metal post from the Great Exhibition into the fen peat to measure the shrinkage. Now more than 160 years later it is 13ft plus above ground, making the surrounding area the lowest in Britain at about 9ft below sea level.

The Fenland Trust was founded to develop charitable projects to enrich the lives of local residents in and around Yaxley and to promote a better understanding of regional heritage assets.