First “Living Landmarks” appear in Bradley Stoke

Living Landmarks Plaque - Primrose Cottage

The first of a series of 30 plaques to be sited at places of historic interest around Patchway and Bradley Stoke have appeared at The Common (East). The ceramic information panels, which have been mounted on pink limestone boulders, are the fruits of a Heritage Lottery-funded project organised by Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP).

The “Living Landmarks” project has been running since August 2007 and aims to bring together local people of all ages to explore what existed in the past through story telling, arts workshops and audio recordings.

One of the first plaques to be installed (photo above) commemorates Primrose Cottage, which was demolished to make way for Bradley Stoke Way. Its name lives on in the name of the nearby Primrose Bridge. The plaque explains that an adjoining cottage hosted Patchway’s first commercial bakery that operated around 1900.

Visitors to the recent Bradley Stoke Community Festival were able to view the plaques at an exhibition put on by project co-ordinator Carrie Creamer in the Jubilee Centre.

The team has plans to produce a leaflet about the plaques, once they have all been installed. Further information will also be made available on the SBCP website at that time.

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