Beryl Cook OBE (1926-2008)
On December 9th 2020 a memorial CHIS plaque to the artist Beryl Cook OBE was installed at The Coach House, 1A Camp Road, Clifton, where she lived for four years. A celebration wasn’t possible during the pandemic. The sun was shining and there was a refreshing breeze on Saturday, July 9th at 11am, when the plaque was at last dedicated by the Lord-Lieutenant of the City & County of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE CStJ. This was followed by an excellent talk by Peter Slade, who knew the artist well and used to sell her paintings at the Alexander Gallery on Blackboy Hill. He recalled many amusing anecdotes which kept the thirty attendees highly amused. The party then walked the short distance to the Brunel Room at the Avon Gorge Hotel. Here we heard more memories of Beryl from Peter and enjoyed canapés and coffee/tea with a wonderful view of Brunel’s Suspension
Dr Beryl Corner (1910-2007)
On 23rd April, 2020, a green commemorative plaque was erected at Elton House, Rodney Place, Clifton, to honour the pioneer paediatrician, Dr Beryl Corner OBE, JP, MD, FRCP, FRCPH, MD Hon (Bristol), DSc Hon (UWE). Sadly, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the formal dedication ceremony could not take place at the time.
On Saturday June 25th 2022, the postponed celebration at last took place with Mrs Linda Edwards, the Deputy Chairman of CHIS, acting as master of ceremonies. The plaque was dedicated by the City of Bristol's High Sheriff, Alex Raikes MBE, DL (Hon LLD). Professor Bhupinder Sandhu OBE, a paediatrician who knew Dr Corner, gave a short talk about her remarkable life and achievements.
We were fortunate to hold the celebration in Dr Corner's former home, courtesy of another paediatrician, Dr Pamela Cairns, who also knew Beryl.
The gathering of about thirty folk included some relatives, one of her first patients, many professional colleagues, friends and CHIS members.
Angela Carter (1940-1992)
In September 2020, a green CHIS commemoration plaque was erected at 38, Royal York Crescent, Clifton, to honour the novelist, poet and journalist Angela Carter, who lived in the ground floor flat from 1961 to 1969. Sadly, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to have a celebration at that time.
On Saturday 26th March 2022, over thirty people gathered at the house for the official dedication. Brian Worthington, the Chairman of CHIS, was the master of ceremonies. The dedication was done by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding OBE CStJ. Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts, from the University of the West of England (UWE), an expert on Angela, gave a short talk about her literary life whilst in Bristol. Amongst the gathering were members of the Angela Carter Society, academics from UWE and Bristol University, representatives from the Wise Children Theatre Company, as well as neighbours and CHIS members. Afterwards, we made the short walk to Coppa in Regent Street, for refreshments, and to continue our conversations.
Mary Renault (1905-1983 )
On Saturday October 16th 2021, at the main gates of Clifton High School, a CHIS plaque for Mary Renault was dedicated by Dr Ellen O’Gorman, Senior Lecturer in Classics and Director of the Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, University of Bristol. She delivered a short talk about the popular author of classical historical novels, who is said to have been President John Kennedy’s favourite novelist. Over tea in the school we were able to look at the display of Renault’s books and her school records provided by the school Librarian.
In most years since 1989 CHIS has put up at least one of its circular, green plaques to let people know an interesting fact about a building. Usually it is that a noteworthy person lived or worked there.
In March 2015 the first Award for Excellence plaque was unveiled at 1, The Avenue. These plaques show appreciation of a fine construction (great or small), an impressive restoration or improvement.
The following table shows the wide range of interesting people who have lived in Bristol 8.
☞ CHIS Archive: Plaques