The William Smith Plaque 2015

william smith sign

CurryFundLogo2William Smith, Father of English Geology, was born in Churchill in 1769 and we are delighted to have installed a plaque at Smith's birthplace, thanks to the generous support of The Curry Fund.  

The plaque was unveiled on 22 March 2015 by Professor Hugh Torrens.

We have also been working with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to commemorate the bicentenary of William Smith's famous geological map of England and Wales.

This is a significant partnership and we are delighted to be celebrating the heritage of the villages of Churchill and Sarsden with this important focus on William Smith in 2015

From Our Guest Book

  • "Lovely spot, so grateful this part of the old church was saved."

  • "Beautiful restoration, very nicely done! Unexpected hive of information."

  • "Congratulations to all on this initiative.  So well-organised and user-friendly."

  • "Fantastic, absolutely first class. Most interesting and informative."

  • "Such a wonderful enterprise. The locality should be proud of it."

  • "Excellent to have this centre as a focus for Churchill's history - especially in relation to William Smith."

  • "Beautiful setting, very peaceful & informative"

  • "Why haven't we been here earlier? We shall certainly return!"

  • "A fine chance discovery"

  • "What a lovely treat to stumble upon. Thank you for preserving a part of our Heritage"

  • "A fascinating visit. William Smith was a wonderful man! "

  • "A fascinating display in a very beautiful setting."

  • "A little gem I didn't know existed."

  • "Great building, well restored. Charming!"

  • "Very good new interactive displays, very comprehensive."