The Blue Plaque was unveiled in June of 2013, and was witnessed by 100 former St. Mary’s Hall pupils. The plaque is a commemoration of Charlotte and Henry Elliott, the two founders and major influences of St. Mary’s Hall as an institution.
The day began as over 100 former pupils, former staff and faculty as well as the Deputy Mayor of Brighton came forward to attend the event. The Deputy Mayor welcomed SMHA and friends of SMH back to the original location for such an important occasion. On behalf of the city, he recognized and acknowledged the overdue recognition to the efforts and accomplishments of Henry and Charlotte Elliot and their contributions to the city’s history.
The chair of the Blue Plaque Committee was pleased to explain the plaque and the motivation behind it. The committee was created when a member of SMHA contacted the Commemorative Plaque Panel in 2011. The panel knew of the church, but as they became more invested in the Blue Plaque committee, they found themselves immersed in a historical gem and learning more than they thought was possible. The plaque at the entrance of the site will be seen by thousands and the brother sister duo will finally get the recognition that they deserve.
The city and the plaque panel agreed to have the plaque worded how the Committee had wanted, with no alterations or major changes. The actual unveiling was done by a direct descendant of Charlotte and Henry Elliott family who proudly acknowledged the accomplishments and generosity of his ancestors. The plaque was also blessed by The Reverend Canon Neil Milmine who said a prayer for the plaque and for all the people of Brighton. The commemorative plaque is another way that the SMHA has remained the focal point for the church and the liaison between the history of SMH and the community of Brighton.