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Annual Mary Parsons Charity Event

03 Jan 2013

Almost 200 years ago, in 1817, a lady called Mary Parsons left a bequest in her will for the amount of £1,500 - in those days a considerable amount - to benefit forty eight old, infirm and poor Sheffield silversmiths. This generous gesture was made in memory of her brother John, who was one of the earliest Sheffield platers and silversmiths.

Sheffield Assay Office now administers this unique charity and plays an active role in generating funds and donations by hosting open days and events which enable members of the public to view unique archives and pieces from the silver collection. And every year on December 27th, the feast of St John the Evangelist, retired silversmiths still gather in Sheffield Cathedral to benefit from Mary Parsons' bequest.

2012's event was a great success.

     

  

   

  

  

  

For further information please contact us.

For anyone wishing to make a donation, cheques should be made payable to 'Mary Parsons Charity'.

Enquiries are also welcome from any retired Sheffield silversmith who could benefit from the charity. Enquiries should be addressed in writing to:-

Mary Parsons Charity
Sheffield Assay Office
Guardians' Hall
Beulah Road
Hillsborough
Sheffield
S6 2AN

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