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Ellesmere Society

Plaque Project

Ellesmere Society Plaque Project

Story of the Plaque

A piece of poignant Ellesmere history was remembered at the town's Ellesmere Hotel as a plaque was unveiled to celebrate a particular achievement on a day in 1792.

Councilor Pat McLaughlin Chair of the Festival Committee officially unveiled a plaque dedicated to the donation of £1 million towards the construction of the Ellesmere canal, which was collected in the staggering space of just a few hours from the generous pockets of local landowners.

The efforts of the men on September 10 that year made them shareholders in the exciting-new venture. They donated the money at the Royal Oak, now the Ellesmere Hotel in the High Street Ellesmere, upon which the plaque is now placed following the effort of the Ellesmere Society who have ensured the feat is now recognised.

Society member Peter Sanderson said: "We felt it was an achievement that should be recorded for posterity in the town. The Canal was initally built to transport Limestone from Welsh quarries  to sweeten the drained marshland around North Shropshire and subsequently became a major transport system for the area.

The money raised on that day was a colossal amount,· he added.

The plaque has been professionally written and devised by signwriter David Kynaston, from Garth; and has been produced in contemporary script.

The inscription on the plaque is-taken from an oration made at the opening of the World Heritage Site, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, in 1805.

September 2011 - The Chair of the Ellesmere Boat Festival Councilor Pat McLaughlin and our Chair Heather Bayne unveiling the Plaque at the Ellesmere Hotel September 2011 - The Chair of the Ellesmere Boat Festival Councilor Pat McLaughlin and our Chair Heather Bayne unveiling the Plaque at the Ellesmere Hotel