Donations open for a commemorative statue of the poets in Colchester



People can now donate online to help pay for a statue of the Colchester woman who wrote the world famous nursery rhyme “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.

A dedicated GoFundMe page has been set up. Donations, of any amount, can be made by debit / credit card, PayPal or ApplePay via this link:

The poem was written in 1806 by Jane Taylor. The proposed statue will feature Jane and her sister Ann. Both were prolific writers of poems for “the spirits of infants” as described on a plaque on the front of the house where the family lived in West Stockwell Street.

Building permission for the statue was given in July by the Colchester Borough Council. It will be located diagonally across from Town Hall on the wide section of sidewalk east of Pelham’s Lane.

The campaign for the statue is led by Colchester High Steward Sir Bob Russell.

He has so far raised £ 14,000 at an estimated cost of £ 75,000.

Sir Bob said: “Now that I have a building permit, I hope individuals and organizations will want to be associated with what is meant to be both a tribute to the sisters and something that has the potential to be. to be a major tourist attraction.

“In addition to individual donations, the more the merrier, it is to be hoped that the companies which will benefit from such tourism will be generous benefactors.”

Checks payable to “Twinkle Star Fund” can be sent to Sir Bob at 35 Catchpool Road, Colchester CO1 1XN.

Sir Bob added: “Colchester should be proud that this internationally recognized rhyme was written here. It is sung around the world in dozens of different languages.

Further information on the Taylor Sisters and the Twinkle Star Statue Project can be found on a YouTube “History Indoors” discussion at



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