Blue Plaques and Inscriptions in Clevedon

Time for a little  – a very little -history.

There are several houses with noteworthy connections in the town.

First there is the poet connection.  Alfred Lord Tennyson lived here for a while, and there is a charming thatched cottage with a thatched pheasant on the ridge of the roof called Tennyson House. There were two pheasants when we moved in, but it has been windy.  He walked the coast path, breathing in the poetic atmosphere, and that path is now known as – Poet’s Walk.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge is remembered in a large-ish housing estate near the town centre, consisting of Coleridge Vale Roads North, South, East and West, as well as Coleridge Court and Coleridge Road. A house in Old Church Road, between our house and the Curzon, has an inscription to say that he spent his honeymoon there  (presumably his wife, Mrs Coleridge, did too!)

Tennyson just has Tennyson Avenue, and Thackeray has Thackeray Avenue and Thackeray Road.  I have researched this very thinly, and so I am assuming that this is William Makepeace Thackeray of Vanity Fair fame, but he is described in the one reference I’ve seen as ‘the poet Thackeray’ so I am not sure.  Please post a comment if you know more about this – I live to learn!

Anyway, moving on, there are two blue plaques we have seen.  The first is to Edith Cavell, the WW1 nurse who was executed by the Germans for helping allied soldiers escape.

And just a step down the road is a sign about penicillin.

It seems the house was occupied in the 1940s by the Royal Navy Medical School, and they worked at producing antibiotics.

Well, I thought it was interesting!

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