Thursday, 16 September 2021

Plaque commemorating benefactor gets makeover

A PLAQUE commemorating the donation of Makins recreation ground to the people of Henley has been restored.

A PLAQUE commemorating the donation of Makins recreation ground to the people of Henley has been restored.

Contractors from stonemasonry firm E T Sheppard, of Reading Road, cut back the grass which had grown over the slab at the entrance to the field off Greys Road. They then cleaned and polished it so the original inscription could be read.

Sir Paul Makin, the second baronet of Rotherfield Court, gifted the land to the town in 1920 following the death of his wife Gladys Marie the year before.

It is not known when the plaque was laid but it refers to Henley Grammar School, which moved to the site of Rotherfield Court in 1928 and was renamed King James?s Sixth Form College in 1974.

Sir Paul, who served as a Henley magistrate until a year before his death in 1939, donated several other plots, including the land where Makins Road was built.

The Gainsborough Residents? Association paid £140 for the work and plans to install a £750 information board with details about his life. A similar display about Henley minister and inventor Humphrey Gainsborough was installed at the entrance to the estate named after him last month.

Viv Greenwood, of West Street, said: ?Sir Paul was a remarkable man and the land was a fantastic gift.?

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