Plaque unveiling at Starr Hills,
Ansdell’s former home
31st March 2001
Starr Hills (built in 1861) by Richard Ansdell, is now a residential home for the elderly belonging to the Methodist Church.
The Blue Plaque was placed on the Lodge at Starr Hills so that it could be easily seen from the road.
The occasion was well-attended to include:
“It’s truly fitting that the Civic Society has now recognised Starr Hills as being such an important factor in Richard Ansdell’s success and happiness throughout his life”
– Sarah Kellam
“We have a programme of putting these lovely blue plaques on the walls of historic sites”
– Marion Coupe
“The Council will work in partnership with the Civic Society to fund some more plaques, which we are delighted about”
– Councillor Hayhurst
“I was delighted to have been invited to attend the unveiling of a plaque at Starr Hills to commemorate the life and work of artist Richard Ansdell. Nowhere else I know has named part of a borough after a very important citizen”
– Michael Jack MP
A prayer of blessing was given by Rev. Stanley Pipe:
“Our Gracious Father, today we are remembering your servant Richard Ansdell. We thank you for his artistic ability in helping us to see and enjoy the wonders of nature. We thank you for all artists who move us to appreciate beauty and life. We thank you for all men and women who use their talents in the service of others . . .”
Below, local press coverage of the unveiling . . . . .