The Odiham Society
Established 1978 Registered Charity No. 277285
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In May 2010, The Odiham Society Plaque Project came into
being as a result of an idea put forward by former Chairman, Ted Johns. Since
then, the project has been developed with the aim of putting plaques on to those
houses, buildings and places in Odiham and North Warnborough which have
historical or architectural merit. The Society wishes to celebrate the Parish’s
past and bring it to the attention and knowledge of far more people, residents
and visitors alike. Once the project is well under way and we have awarded a
reasonable number of plaques, we aim to create a Heritage Trail around them to
add to our ‘historic walks’ programme.
We have now refined the process of making these awards.
However, the business is not cheap as the total cost of each sign is upward of
£325. The whole process is very time-consuming and entails consulting with
numerous bodies since, by the very nature of what the Society is doing, the
plaques will be sited in sensitive areas subject to conservation and listed
building restrictions. The consent of the owner of each building is also
Picture from ‘The Bridewell in The Bury, Odiham’ publication
A plaque already
exists on the Bridewell in The Bury. This
was awarded in July 2003 following the successful application for a grant from
Awards for All – Lottery Grants for Local Groups. This plaque
outlines the history of the building, from its initial purpose as a jail in 1742
and subsequent uses as a Police Station (1847-1972) and a Magistrates Court
(1882-1970). This history is described in more detail in our leaflet, The Bridewell in The
Bury, Odiham (see our Publications page for details).
The unveiling of our second two plaques awarded to The George Hotel, a Grade II* listed building also in the High Street, took place on 16th June 2012.
The George Hotel (photo reproduced by kind permission of Peter and Moira Kelsey)
¹ The Odiham Agricultural Society’s original hand written minute book covering
the period 1783 – 1796 (16494-1001), held by the Royal College of Veterinary
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