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The Civic Society has embarked on a project to place ‘plaques’ on buildings of historical interest in St Ives, to better inform local residents and visitors of the rich historical legacy we have been fortunate to inherit. The Civic Society wishes to erect plaques on the following buildings over the next three years. Each plaque will be round and approximately 15” in diameter (similar to the English Heritage Blue Plaques Scheme). They will be black with white lettering. The Civic Society is working closely with the Norris Museum and the Town Council who, as their part of the project, are planning to erect 6 interpretation boards at various locations of local interest in the town, such as Market Hill and the Bible Orchard.

The photographs below show the TEN plaques on the Norris Museum, the Old Police Station, the National Schools building, Gateway House, the Independent Chapel, the Town Hall, the Free Church, the Old Grammer School, the Corn Exchange and the Sacred Heart, Roman Catholic Church

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You may have seen  posters announcing Public consultation on the Town Centre alterations proposed by Huntingdonshire District Counci (2008).

These alterations/improvements will arguably be the most significant physical changes to our town centre since the Civic Society took the lead in opposing the CCC proposal to route the by-pass across Hemingford Meadow and over Holt Island forty years ago.

Below are copies of the documents that have already been e-mailed to members of the Civic Society. If you have not received them, either by e-mail or by post, then please let us know. These documents have been converted to pdf’s to make it easier for you to download them.

  1. Town Centre - Options 1 & 2
  2. Town Centre - Chris Lewis Option 3
  3. Town Centre Letter & Response Slip