Thursday, 21 October 2021

Plaque to honour benefactor

A PLAQUE could be installed at Makins recreation ground in Henley to honour the man it is

A PLAQUE could be installed at Makins recreation ground in Henley to honour the man it is named after.

Sir Chris Makins, 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.

The information board will be similar to the one unveiled in May for inventor and minister Humphrey Gainsborough at the entrance to the  Gainsborough estate in Greys Road.

Town councillor David Eggleton, who has been co-ordinating the project with Viv Greenwood, of West Street, Henley, said he received a quote for the plaque of £1,100, which would include installation.

South Oxfordshire Housing Association has agreed to give £500 towards the cost and the Henley in Bloom committee will give up to £250. The Gainsborough Residents’ Association and Henley in Transition will also contribute.



The new sign would be located near the footpath to the park from Greys Road where there is a stone plaque marking donation of the land.

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.

Cllr Eggleton said it was hoped to put 12 plaques around the town to honour other people who have contributed to the town.

These include Samuel Mortlock, a former overseer of the Henley workhouse in York Road, and carpenter Richard Jennings, who worked on St Paul’s Cathedral and is buried at St Mary’s Church in Hart Street.



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