Bluecoat Society of Arts anniversary plaque at the garden entrance

To celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1977, Bluecoat Society of Arts commissioned Julia Carter Preston to create this ceramic plaque, which was set into an iron gate at the entrance to the garden from College Lane, next to Bluecoat Display Centre. Photographed here in the 1980s, the gate was removed in the 2005-08 capital development in order to make the passageway width compliant with building access regulations. The plaque was exhibited as part of a heritage display during Bluecoat's tercentenary year, 2017.