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Woodstock buildings come alive with history

Woodstock’s walls came to life as a series of plaques that delve into the town’s history were installed.

A set of seven plaques will be displayed on buildings across the town and will cover a range of historical facts and information including a plaque on the Town Hall illustrating how a market was held in the building during the Victorian era.

The project was financed privately from developer funding secured by the District Council from Pye Homes Ltd and donations from Woodstock residents.

The stone used was donated by Joslins Stonemasonry, an Oxfordshire-based company.

The plaques were worked from Portland Limestone, the same stone used to build the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Oxfordshire sculptor Giles Macdonald was commissioned by West Oxfordshire District Council, Woodstock Town Council and Historic Woodstock to design and create the plaques.

Giles Macdonald said: “It’s a real honour to be commissioned to carry out this project and it has really caught the Woodstock residents’ imagination.

“The town has a rich history and I’ve picked up so many interesting facts through working on the plaques.”

Cllr Warwick Robinson, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “What’s great about this is that every part of the project was local. The stone was kindly donated by a local company, the sculptor is born and bred in the county and it was financed by local organisations.

“These plaques bring the town’s rich heritage to life and many of the buildings have fascinating stories to tell. I urge people to visit Woodstock and enjoy these great pieces of art.”

Posted : 20/04/2012 13:49:47

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