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The Edward Jenner Heritage Trail
Welcome to this Heritage Trail which will guide you through some of the locations and sights in Berkeley in the lifetime of Dr Edward Jenner, the pioneer of immunisation. Our aim is to give you a flavour of some of the places that have direct links to his time in Berkeley between his birth in 1749 and his death in 1823.
Georgian Berkeley, this quiet corner of England, is the birthplace of the pioneer of the technique of vaccination and would have been a very different place from the town that you see today. It was then a centre for the agricultural activities which sustained the local population. Many of the businesses and shops were direct providers to these activities in trades such as horse tack and equipment, farm implements and tools, fodder, animal feeds and all the requisites of a farming community.
Centrally situated in the Berkeley Vale the town would also have supplied the needs of the small villages and hamlets in the rural landscape.
The main stagecoach route from Gloucester to London ran along the line of what is now the A38 highway so travellers from the town would have to journey to Dursley or other villages nearer to the main route for their onward travel to the cities.
For visitors arriving in Berkeley today we offer two free car parks. Marybrook Street, opposite Berkeley Primary School, and School Lane beside Berkeley Books Library. Both are convenient for the start of the Heritage Trail. Berkeley has several coffee shops and tea rooms to refresh the weary traveller, before or after you do the Trail. Our Inns and Public Houses also provide a tasty option to keep you going during the day.
Finally we would like to acknowledge the generous financial support of Gloucestershire County Council and the Build Back Better Town’s Fund, without which the Heritage Trail would not have been possible.
Understanding the location and local history is key to revealing the deep-rooted culture of the Town of Berkeley and the early life of Dr Edward Jenner.
At Berkeley Books Community Library, there is a whole local history section of reference material and a genealogy service for you to discover your own ancestral links to the area. The library is a great place to research family history as there is free access to powerful databases on genealogy not normally available to the public.
There are also have a few local history titles for sale including:
Berkeley a Town in the Marshes - David Tandy (£15)
And Did Those Feet - David Tandy (£15)
Dr Jenner’s House –The Story of the Chantry at Berkeley - Dr Patrick TF Tierney (£13)
Opening times are: Tuesdays & Fridays 10.00am – 4.00pm, Saturdays 10.00am – 12.00pm
At other times contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: http://berkeleybooks.co.uk/ Tel: 01453 810520
More information on local accommodation, attractions and pursuits can be viewed at the Berkeley Vale Tourism site https://berkeleyvaletourism.co.uk/
The Historic Berkeley Town Trail may also be of interest to visitors http://www.berkeley-tc.gov.uk/Historic_Town_Trail_5759.aspx
Viewers on laptop, PC or tablet not physically following the Trail should hover the cursor over the Heritage Trail button and follow the drop down Locations menu from 1 to 11 to access further information on each stopping point. If you're actually walking the Trail start below on the bold instructions on each page and access the pages using your QR code reader for each one.
For your first Trail location turn right from School Lane into Marybrook Street and walk about 100 metres along to the house beyond the close boarded fence on the right-hand footpath. Here you’ll find the first marker on left hand gable of Yew Tree House.