Monday, 29 March 2010

The Greatest Ramsgatonian

This week's Economist magazine has a review of a new book by Abigail Green about Ramsgate's greatest ever citizen Moses Montefiore. There's a booklet to be written about electoral areas named after great citizens. In Thanet there is the ward Sir Moses Montefiore (does any other place use the term Sir in designating an electoral area?)

In Lewisham I was a councillor representing (John) Evelyn Ward named after the 17th century gardener. There were also wards named after the wood carver Grinling Gibbons and Samuel Pepys the diarist.

The Moses Montefiore Health Centre opened in 2007 is one of the latest ways his achievements have been marked in Ramsgate. How suitable that a free modern health centre for all commemorates the work of a philanthropist.

The review alone of Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero told me several new things including a foible or two. The book is available here.

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