Home of our heroine deserves blue plaque!

By Mike Lewis in Local People

THE HUNT is on to find the house where acclaimed Jemima Nicholas once lived.

Fishguard’s buxom heroine of The Last Invasion of Britain died in Fishguard’s Main Street in July 1832 at the age of 82 and lies buried in St Mary’s churchyard.

But now a Fishguard and Goodwick town councillor has launched a campaign to pinpoint exactly where Jemima lived – as the authority appealed for an army of Jemimas to come forward and help represent the twin towns at public events, openings and festivals as well as greeting visiting cruise ships this summer.

If successful in his attempts to trace Jemima’s abode, Cllr Dennis Morris wants a blue plaque erected in memory of the stout-hearted cobbler whose fierce defiance led to the surrender of invading French troops in 1797.

“Other towns commemorate historical figures who are nowhere near as interesting,” he told the County Echo. “Jemima was one of us – she’s part of our culture and part of who we are.

“If we can establish exactly where she lived then surely a blue plaque needs to be put up there? It’s important that we embrace our own history and culture.”

Cllr Morris said he had already been given two possible locations of the house.

“I was told by a long-time resident that Jemima once lived in the narrow house opposite The Globe public house,” he revealed.

“I’m planning to speak to the owners to see if they know anything.

“I’ve also been told that Jemima once lived in a white, stone-washed cottage which formerly stood on the grass bank at Tower Hill.

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