The Gloucester Miser – a talk on Jemmy Wood by Robin Morris, Chairman of Gloucester Civic Trust
Saturday 13th July at 11.00 am
This is a rare opportunity to hear Robin Morris, Chairman of Gloucester Civic Trust. Robin’s a keen collector on Jemmy Wood memorabilia and has expert knowledge on the life and times of Jemmy Wood.
Born in 1756 Jemmy Wood was known as the Gloucester Miser. He was said to have been the richest man in the King’s dominion with a fortune of £900,000 when he died in 1836 – a massive fortune in today’s money.
Jemmy inherited the Gloucester Old Bank from his grandfather. The bank was said to be one of the oldest private banks in Britain. The bank operated from Jemmy’s drapery shop in Westgate Street where McDonalds is located today. There are numerous tales about how mean he was, and it is said that Charles Dickens was inspired by Jemmy Wood when he created his Scrooge character.
This is a fascinating as well as a humorous talk given by Robin Morris complete with a slide show.
Tickets are now on sale and cost £2 and are available from the Tourist Information Centre and from St Michael’s Tower. Seating is limited so booking is advisable as this is a popular talk.
Proceeds go towards the upkeep of St Michael’s Tower which is a Grade 2* Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.