Exeter Civic Society

Exeter Civic Society

Hennis plaque is back in place at St. Sidwell's

The refurbished blue plaque commemorating Dr Peter Hennis is now in place on the wall of St. Sidwell’s Church, Sidwell Street.

On Monday 21 November a hardy few braved the elements to hear Peter Wadham, chair of the Civic Society, pay tribute to the hero of the Exeter cholera epidemic of 1832 who was fatally wounded in a duel the following year.

Dave Wright, manager of St Sidwell’s Community Centre, cut the ribbon to unveil the refurbished plaque. Among those present at the unveiling was Linda Findlay who gave a talk about Dr Hennis at the Community Centre later in the week.

The plaque to Dr Hennis was the Civic Society’s first blue plaque, installed in 2006. Linda Findlay said it was noticing the plaque that first sparked her interest in the story of Dr Hennis and encouraged her to learn more about it.

Dave Wright and the Community Centre have been supportive of the Civic Society’s blue plaque scheme and have plans to commemorate the forgotten heritage of the St Sidwell’s area. After the unveiling Dave showed visitors the recently rediscovered and restored stained glass window depicting St Sidwell, rescued from the church after the 1942 blitz. You can find more about Dr Hennis on the Civic Society’s blue plaques page devoted to him.