Turner name for scheme

Work taking place at the McCarthy and Stone retirement development in Morpeth, which will be called William Turner Court, earlier this year.
Work taking place at the McCarthy and Stone retirement development in Morpeth, which will be called William Turner Court, earlier this year.
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One of Morpeth’s most famous sons has been chosen as the name for a new retirement living development.

McCarthy and Stone has named the site next to the Telford Bridge William Turner Court, which is set to be launched in the autumn. In addition, the company is looking for a local charity to support.

William Turner was born in Morpeth in 1508, and an important moment in life of the man who was later called the Father of English Botany was the writing of a three-part, illustrated, herbal published between 1551 and 1568.

He was the first to scientifically describe plants and write about them in English at a time when other botanical works were written in Latin. He was also a reformer, physician and natural historian.

Liz Green, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone, said: “We thought this would make for a fitting tribute to the man who was such an important figure in Morpeth’s rich history and whose achievements we should celebrate.”

Local community groups and charities are urged to get in touch by June 2, by emailing requests to mccarthyandstone@mccann.com

They are asked to mark their emails Morpeth Community Appeal in the subject header and include a detailed description of how the money would be used, along with how they can be contacted.

For more information about the development, call 0800 2014739.