A TRAIL of plaques detailing Christchurch’s key landmarks and historical figures has been refreshed.

The 19 distinctive blue plaques which form the Blue Plaque Millennium Trail have been renovated and refurbished.

The trail, which runs from Christchurch Quay to the High Street and into Saxon Shopping Centre, was founded in 2000 to help visitors and residents discover more about the market town’s history.

It also gives recognition to the people who helped shape the town, including 19th century MPs, former mayors, Victorian artists, Georgian watch chain makers, church wardens, mercers and lords of the manor.

Janet Burn, archivist at the Christchurch History Society, said: “The blue plaques are a great asset to the town of Christchurch depicting the incredible history we have while underlining the need to preserve this valuable information in as many ways we can for future generations.”

Bournemouth Echo: One of the blue plaques as part of the trailOne of the blue plaques as part of the trail (Image: BCP Council)

The restoration work, organised by BCP Council with the help of Christchurch History Society, was carried out by specialist company Complete Signs.

Each plaque was removed from its site, before being restored and repainted to its original condition.

Cllr Beverley Dunlop, BCP Council's cabinet member for culture, said: "The Millennium Trail blue plaques give us a fascinating insight into Christchurch’s long and varied history and I am delighted that they have been cleaned up and refreshed.

"Thank you very much to everyone involved.”

The newly revived blue plaques can be found at locations including the ancient Place Mill at Christchurch Quay, the grounds of the 11th Century Priory and at The Red House Museum.

There is also a plaque at Ye Olde George Inn, previously known as The George Inn and The George and Dragon, noting its existence since 1630.

The trail can be enjoyed in its entirety or in shorter walks. A popular route takes in sites around the historic quarter of the Priory including Church and Castle Streets and down Convent Walk, opened in June 1911 to commemorate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary.