Commemorative Plaques celebrating Chipping Sodbury’s unique heritage have been installed on six properties in the town (1)
The scheme will be launched by Mark Horton, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Bristol and presenter on TV’s ‘Coast and Time Team’. Mark is also a Trustee of the Jenner Museum. (2)
The launch takes place on the birth date of Edward Jenner, Friday 17 May, when Professor Horton will unveil a plaque on Melbourne House in Horse Street where it is believed Jenner lived during his 7 year apprenticeship in the town.
‘The Jenner Trust are delighted that Edward Jenner has been honoured by the award of a plaque, it is likely that Jenner discovered the link between Cowpox and Smallpox while he was training as an apprentice surgeon in Sodbury’ commented Helen Jeffrey, Education and Audience Engagement Manager at Dr. Jenner’s House (3)
The Plaque celebrating Jenner is believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK. Two previous plaques installed in London are now in storage.
Angus Braithwaite, a pupil at Chipping Sodbury School designed the commemorative plaque following a competition involving fellow students. The design is based on the colour theme that runs throughout many of the properties in the town ensuring that the plaques blend comfortably into the historic environment.
‘We have been extremely lucky to attract such wonderful support from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as the Jenner Trust. All have helped to ensure a successful outcome after 4 ½ years of organisation and research’ commented organiser Mark Lloyd.
The Heritage Trail and Plaques will help to draw attention to Chipping Sodbury’s wonderful array of historic buildings, and could prove to be an invaluable resource for the schools in the local area.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (4) the scheme also received matched funding from South Gloucestershire Council, Chipping Sodbury Town Lands Charity and Sodbury Chamber of Commerce.
Heritage Trail Tours of the Town are planned for later this year.
1. Commemorative Plaques located at:
Quakers Meeting House – Brook Street
Rounceval House – Rounceval Street
St. John’s Church – Wickwar Road
The George Hotel – Broad Street
The Tudor House – Hatters Lane
Melbourne House – Horse Street
A Heritage Trail Guide will be available from Chipping Sodbury Tourist Information Centre from the 17th May. The Guide will cost 50p with all proceeds donated to the TIC.
2. Professor Mark Horton MA PhD FSA
Mark Horton is the professor in archaeology at the University of Bristol, as well as one of the expert presenters on the BBC2 series Coast. As a historical archaeologist, he is concerned with the research into the more recent past, and how it should be presented to the public. He has also been involved in research into the history of Berkeley, conducting excavations in the town, including the garden of the Chantry. In 2010, he presented new BBC documentary ‘Jenner’s Marvellous Medicine’, which encompassed Paris, London and Jenner’s former Gloucestershire home. As a trustee, his expertise is concerned with the history of the building and the site, the collections, and how these should be conserved, displayed and interpreted.
3. Dr Jenner’s House & Old Cyder House Conference Centre
Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BN
Dr Jenner’s House & Garden
Supported by The British Society for Immunology
(4) The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history. HLF Grants open up our nation’s heritage for everyone to enjoy. Since 1994 it has supported more than 26,000 projects, allocating over £4 billion across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk
Source: Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury