Daniel Wade Acraman

AcramanA blue plaque has been unveiled to commemorate the iron founder and patron of the arts, Daniel Wade Acraman (1775-1847).

On 17 February 2017 around 40 people gathered on the quayside at Arnolfini for the ceremony. Acraman was responsible for building the Acraman Warehouse in 1831, a building which today houses the Arnolfini. Speakers included the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Jeff Lovell; Bill Marshall, Pro Vice-Chancellor, UWE; Francis Greenacre, art historian, lecturer and author; Helen Davies, Interim Chief Executive, Arnolfini and Wendy Shepherd, great-great-grand-daughter of Daniel Wade Acraman.

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Troubadour folk club

bcs website troubadourA beauty clinic at 5 Waterloo Street, Clifton now has a blue plaque to commemorate the Troubadour folk club which was based there from 1966 to 1971.

In the sixties, Georgian Clifton was dilapidated and bohemian, providing cheap accommodation for students, artists, musicians and writers. Inspired by New York’s colourful and alternative neighbourhood, Greenwich Village, the folk club gave its address as ‘Clifton Village’ on posters in 1970, the first time this address was used. Clifton Village is now firmly established in our vocabulary, and especially the patois of estate agents, restaurants and coffee shops.

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Gordon Welchman

Welchman PlaqueOn 26 September 2016, a Bristol Civic Society Blue Plaque to honour a World War II codebreaker now appears on St Mary’s Church, Fishponds. Gordon Welchman worked on signals intelligence with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park, analysing German military messages. His work formed the basis for what is known today as meta-data analysis. Under Gordon’s direction, codebreaking evolved from a linguistic base to one based on mathematics.

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Ffestiniog Railway

Festiniog railwayA blue plaque has been unveiled to commemorate a meeting held in Clifton which resulted in the revival of the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. It also led ultimately to the formation of the Ffestiniog Railway Society.

On 8 September around 30 supporters of the railway and others gathered at St Mary’s House, Tyndalls Park Road for a buffet lunch and then adjourned to the nearby corner of Woodland Road for the ceremony.

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Terry Waters

Terry Waters Blue Plaque 1A blue plaque honouring a Korean war hero was unveiled on 28 June at 29 Stoke Grove, Westbury-on-Trym, the childhood home of Terry Waters. A young lieutenant in the West Yorkshire Regiment, attached to the Gloucestershire regiment, Terry Waters was captured after the Battle of the Imjin River in April 1951. He was seriously wounded in the head and arm.

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Frederick Charles Frank

FCFrank imageA blue plaque was unveiled on Tuesday 17 May 2016 to honour a distinguished physicist. Sir Frederick Charles Frank was born in South Africa, spent his childhood in Suffolk, studied chemistry at Oxford then worked as a research physicist in Berlin (1936-8), and briefly as a colloid chemist at Cambridge. At the start of WWII Frank joined the chemical warfare laboratories at Porton Down but was moved quickly to the Air Ministry.

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Walter Ayles

Walter Ayles Blue PlaqueOn 17 April 1916, Walter Ayles, a city councillor was arrested for distributing a leaflet criticising conscription for the First World War. He served 61 days in prison and was then conscripted but applied for conscientious objector status. He was refused, court-martialled and served 112 days in prison with hard labour. In later life he went on to became a member of parliament.

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Strimer Sisters

strimer sisters plaqueThe first Blue Plaque to be unveiled since the Civic Society took over running the scheme from the Council was unveiled by the Lord Mayor on Saturday 17 October at 8 Cranbrook Road, Redland. It was to recognize the work of three Strimer sisters who lived there. Eugene Byrne writes:

The sisters Berta Sacof (1899-1989), Helen Bloom (1901-1987) and Jeannette Britton (1910-1991), born Berta, Helen and Jeannette Strimer were from a comfortable middle class background in Bristol and led completely conventional lives until they seem to have had a collective political awakening in the 1940s.

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