We Are Weymouth BID is excited to announce the installation of six custom designed paving slabs located at key historical landmarks throughout the town. The paving slabs were designed by Ned Heywood of Heritage Ceramics with artwork supplied by Weymouth Museum, which also provided much of the text. As part of the Heritage Trail, these paving slabs offer facts about the historical landmarks and help to showcase Weymouth’s rich and varied history.
The Heritage Trail is a walk through time around Weymouth including everything from the famous cannonball in Maiden Street to the plaque commemorating the entry of the Black Death to the UK in 1348.
Dawn Rondeau, We Are Weymouth (BID) comments: “We are lucky to have such rich heritage in Weymouth which includes a range of attractions and historical buildings; a draw for both locals and visitors to the area. We are proud to have installed the slabs as part of an initiative focused on improving Weymouth. Installing these heritage slabs provides a long-term legacy for the town; celebrating some of its most outstanding historical buildings.”
The six paving slabs can be found at the following locations:
The Tudor House
Two cottages built in the early 1600s and restored in 1961 as a late Tudor townhouse which now contains a small museum.
Holy Trinity Church
Built 1834-36 of Portland stone. Extended by Crickmays in the 1880s when the Chapelhay Steps were built.
Old Town Hall
Originally three tudor cottages but substantially rebuilt in 1774 and 1896. Now a venue for community events.
Ralph Allen’s House
The summer residence from 1750-63 of the Bath stone entrepreneur credited with making Weymouth fashionable.
St Mary’s Church
Built in 1817, this church with its simple cupola contains Sir James Thornhill’s splendid painting of “The Last Supper”.
The Custom House
Built as a merchant’s house in 1800 and bearing the Royal Arms over its doorway from its later use as the Custom House.
This year Weymouth celebrates 450 years since it merged with the borough of Melcombe Regis and became the Weymouth we know and love today. Weymouth has played a part in key historical events from the Black Death to the D-Day Landings. This rich history draws visitors to Weymouth from near and far and the heritage slabs are a fantastic way to commemorate the town’s incredible past.