The Poppy Plaques

The poppy plaques were inspired by postcards that were displayed in the front window of homes where a member of the family had died serving in the First World War.

In July 2015, former pupil Andrew Russell designed a prototype poppy plaque to commemorate the former pupils who died in the First World War. 

As a lasting legacy of the project ceramicist Peter Jones was commissioned to create the 75 bespoke poppy plaques for display on each of the former pupils homes .

Two digital walks have been devised to explore the former pupils homes and discover more about their lives. Both walks start at North Primary School. The North Walk visits each of the poppy plaque locations and former pupils homes north of the river Colne. The South Walk visits each of the former pupils homes towards the town centre and south of the River.

There are also a few locations that have a plaque and been marked on the walk maps with a poppy but are too far out to be easily included in either walk.

Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Essex County Council and individual donors made it possible to commission the poppy plaques.

Thanks go to all the residents who agreed to display a poppy plaque on their home.

Thank you for the lovely plaque. We Feel privileged to have one on our house.
Residents at 131 Bergholt Road

The plaques are gorgeous. I would be honoured to display one on my property. They are beautiful! It’s a wonderful project – what a great way to educate children on the war and remember what happened and the sacrifice these families made. I can’t wait to get mine installed!
Homeowner, 54 Northgate Street