My nephew, Aaron, is trying to raise money for a basketball wheelchair. His coach writes...
Aaron plays wheelchair basketball for the Wakefield Whirlwinds who are based at Featherstone Sports Centre. He plays U-15s for Whirlwinds and, as Captain of the team, has taken his team to the National Junior Finals (March 2012). He also plays in the Whirlwinds in the National Third Division. This season he has been selected to represent the North of England in the National School Games in London. Aaron is in need of his own specialist basketball wheelchair, and we hope that you are able to support him as he takes on this considerable challenge. Steve Greatorex, Coach, Wakefield Whirlwinds WBC
It has given me the push I need to finally get around to listing my spare plaques on the Exchange page. Here's a taste below:
The first £500 raised through sales will go to Aaron's wheelchair. I'll finish listing them later today. So why not grab a reasonably priced plaque for a good cause? Sensible offers considered.
When I told my office mate that I was heading off for a week's holiday in Sunderland, her response was, 'I've heard it all now.' Although it might never catch on as a destination to rival Tenerife or Majorca, I can thoroughly recommend it.
I had a long overdue visit to the Sunderland Museum. Huge thanks to Shauna Gregg, the museum's Keeper, and Christopher McHugh, a resident PhD student, for taking the time to show us around. Christopher has done some interesting work in response to items in the museum collection. To see more photos, click here. In case you haven't been there yet, I've included some photos of the displays below. I've also added a few photos to other pages of plaques from the reserve collection.
We also managed to view a couple of superb private collections (again, huge thanks to the collectors for their time), and to cram in a last visit to Ian Sharp's shop in Tynemouth. Ian is moving after many years, so is currently having a relocation sale of furniture. He will continue to deal through his website. I'll finish with two Tyneside plaques with local views, courtesy of Ian. The first shows a view of All Saints Church, Newcastle. The second is attributed to Fell, and shows the High Level Bridge.
Thanks to Myrna Schkolne for digging out the following notice, which completes the information regarding the dates of the Dixon, Austin & Co partnership.
The notice is from the London Gazette, January 7, 1840:
NOTICE is hereby given, that the Copartnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Robert Dixon the elder, William Austin, and Alexander Phillips, Earthenware Manufacturers, at the-Sunderland Pottery, in the borough of Sunderland, and also at the Hylton Pottery, in the parish of Monk Wearmouth, both in the county of Durham, under the firm of Dixon, Austin, and Company, hath been dissolved, by mutual consent, so far as concerns the said William Austin, as and from the 31st day of December last past; and that all debts due and owing to and from the said late firm will be received and paid by the said Robert Dixon the elder and Alexander Phillips, who are authorised to receive and pay the same,—Dated this 4th day of January 1840.
Robert Dixon, senr.
So if we combine this information with the notice in my February 28 posting, we can revise the dates of the Dixon partnerships to the following:
1807 to 1812, John Phillips
1813 to 1818, Dixon, Austin, Phillips & Co
1818 to 1839, Dixon, Austin & Co
1839 to 1865, Dixon, Phillips & Co
I have saved the information on a new page entitled Dixon partnerships.
Stephen Smith lives in London, and is always happy to hear from other collectors. If you have an interesting collection of plaques, and are based in the UK, he will photograph them for you. Free advice given regarding selling and dispersal of a collection, or to those wishing to start one. Just get in touch...
This website is indebted to collectors, dealers and enthusiasts who have shared their knowledge or photos. In particular: Ian Holmes, Stephen Duckworth, Dick Henrywood, Norman Lowe, Keith Lovell, Donald H Ryan, Harold Crowder, Jack and Joyce Cockerill, Myrna Schkolne, Elinor Penna, Ian Sharp, Shauna Gregg at the Sunderland Museum, Keith Bell, Martyn Edgell, and Liz Denton.