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Memorial stone laying commemoration

Memorial stone laying ceremony

On the 11th July 1908 a memorial stone was laid at the first pair of cottages to be built on the estate.

On Saturday afternoon Dr. C. Killick Millard, Medical Officer of Health for Leicester, laid a memorial stone in the first cottages built on the estate of the Leicester Anchor Tenants Limited, at Humberstone, the occasion marking another advance in the laying out of Leicester's garden suburb. A large number gathered to witness the ceremony and the proceedings commenced with a meeting in a specially erected marquee.

The ceremony
Watching the ceremony

A vote of thanks was also accorded the chairman. The company then proceeded to the buildings where Dr. Millard, having been presented with a suitably inscribed trowel by Mr. George Hern (manager of the works), laid the stone, which bore the following inscription, “This stone was laid by G. Killick Millard, M.D., D.Sec., medical officer of health for the borough of Leicester, July 11th, 1908.”

The Trowel
The Trowel
The silver trowel with ebony handle
The Hallmarks

As the handle can be removed from the blade there are two hallmarks, one on the blade and one on the handle.

The blade hallmark
The blade hallmark
The handle hallmark
The handle hallmark
The inscription
The inscription
A closer view of the inscription
The Auction
The Catalogue
The auction catalogue front cover

Tony Gee, a long-term member and tenant reports:-

In October 1988 a friend of mine, who collects silver spoons, rang me to say that there was to be an auction of silver at the Warner Auction rooms in Halford Street on Wednesday 23rd March. Lot 90 in the catalogue was a silver trowel that was presented to Dr C K Millard, the Medical Officer of Health for Leicester. This trowel was presented to Dr Millard by Mr George Hearn (manager of the works) for laying the memorial stone on the first pair of cottages on Keyham Lane on July 11th 1908.

The lots
The lots, with the trowel highlighted

I was interested in bidding for the trowel as I thought how nice it would be if the trowel, which was part of the history of the estate, could be brought back home. I duly attended the auction and waited until lot 90 became due. There was only a limited interest in bidding for the trowel and I soon became its new owner.

It was offered to the committee of management of Anchor Tenants but they declined, saying that they had nowhere to keep it and it might be better if I kept it and allowed it to be displayed should anyone show an interest.


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