New town markers unveiled

A GRAND unveiling of a new stone marker for Axbridge took place on yesterday (Wed). Town dignitaries, sponsors and supporters

A GRAND unveiling of a new stone marker for Axbridge took place yesterday (Wed).

Town dignitaries, sponsors and supporters gathered at the top of West Street to see one of the new stones.

Markers were put in at the top of the town near Cross and along from the reservoir at the Cheddar end of Axbridge.

The stones depict pictures of a lamb and flag, the symbol of St John, the patron saint of cloth merchants and wool, which was big business for the town in days gone by.


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Mayor Mike Taylor made a speech at the unveiling and thanked Bardon Aggregates for supplying the stone and providing transport from the quarry to the stonemasons. He also thanked Mike Orchard for carving and preparing the stone and Yeo Valley and Jack Todd Bequest for making donations.

Rev Tim Hawkings from St John the Baptist Church in The Square also said a prayer.

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The markers are part of the 450th anniversary of the Axbridge charter. The celebration is to remember 1557, when Queen Mary Tudor and Phillip of Spain 'invested in mayor and corporation' for Axbridge.

Four more markers are planned for other key town boundaries when funding is available.

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