Thanks to Shortwood School a new Blue Plaque has been erected in New Street, Wellington to commemorate one of Wellington’s famous literary people, Hesba Stretton (Sarah Smith)
A number of Shortwood school children wrote to Wellington Borough Councillor, Angela McClements earlier in the year expressing their disappointment about the poor state of the previous Hesba Stretton plaque and asking if she was able to follow this up and get a new plaque erected. They had been doing a walk around the centre of Wellington as part of their work on Victorian life and in particular were amazed at the work that Hesba Stretton had done to support poor children who lived in the slums and who went on to become one of the founders of the NSPCC (National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children).
Cllr McClements followed this up with the support of Ross Vickers from the Wellington Civic Society and Allan Frost, local historian and a new plaque has now been erected in New Street, Wellington.
Cllr Angela McClements said:
“I am delighted to have taken this up on behalf of Shortwood Primary School and would like to thank all the children who wrote to me. We now have a new Blue Plaque to commemorate one of Wellington’s Famous Literary People, Hesba Stretton. She was renowned for her book “Jessica’s First Prayer” which won her widespread fame, but I know that the children who wrote to me were particularly interested in her role as one of the founders of the National Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)”