Two Plaques for St Peters Church in London Road Gloucester

Part of the role of the Gloucester Historic Building committee together with the Gloucester Civic Trust is to commission plaques for historic buildings or events in and around the city of Gloucester.  About a year ago it was proposed that two plaques should be prepared for St   Peters church, one for the building of St Peters church and the other for the Gloucester Catholic martyrs.

As a member of the Civic Trust council of management I was asked to liaise between the church authorities and the GHB committee and to this end I approached Canon Michael Fitzpatrick to suggest the erection of the two plaques. Each plaque was to have no more than 50 words and the wording itself was to be undertaken by the parish.  

Canon Michael was pleased to accept the scheme subject to the Churches approval and he commissioned a local priest to undertake the difficult task of producing the content within the 50 word specification. Agreement was made as to the location of the two plaques and the decision to produce them in olive green so as not to clash with the stonework of St Peters church.

In June 2006 the wording was approved and quotations obtained for the plaques. The cost of each plaque, being just under £400 pounds, is to be funded from the GHB budget. With the transfer of Canon Michael, his replacement, Fr Massey, was informed of developments relating to the two plaques and added his support to the venture. I can confirm that at the time of writing the two plaques have been obtained and we must now fix a date with the Mayor and Bishop Declan for their public unveiling in 2007. Two possible dates would be the feast of the English Martyrs on 4th May or the Beatified Martyrs of the Clifton Dioceses on 14th November. The event whenever will be publicized and an article is to be prepared by the Civic Trust for the local ‘Citizen’ newspaper on the Gloucester Catholic Martyrs.

 

Ian Hollingsbee 

 

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