I VERY much doubt that there is a single person in Dursley who is not aware of Lister’s.

The iconic engineering company, founded by Robert Ashton Lister (later Sir Robert) in 1867, was a major employer in the town for many years.

There is little tangible evidence remaining of the massive works and the Lister family, apart from The Towers, The Chantry Centre (previously Lister Hall) and The Priory in Long Street.

In order to recognise the importance of Lister’s to the town a plaque will be unveiled on the Priory on April 7 at 11am by the mayor of Dursley, councillor Neil Grecian.

The idea to place the plaque on a prominent building in the town was a joint venture between the Dursley & Cam Society and Dursley Town Council for whom the history and heritage of Dursley are most important.

It is hoped that as many people as possible will attend the unveiling.

I have contacted members of the Lister family and also previous employees and the response was very positive.

So, if you are free on April 7, please come and attend the unveiling.

The Chantry Centre will be open from 11.30am should you wish to have tea or coffee, or maybe something a little stronger!

Many thanks to B. Walker & Co., the owners of The Priory, for allowing the plaque to be placed on the wall.

Jan Burdge

Budding Way