industrialist and philanthropist John Siddeley has had a plaque unveiled in his memory
on a site once occupied by his factories.
Siddeley, later Baron Kenilworth, founded his first car company in Coventry in 1902 and
went on to play a major role in establishing the citys aviation industry. Behind the
scenes, he was also a generous benefactor to Coventry, helping to endow the new cathedral,
assisting Coventry City football club to buy its Highfield Road stadium and giving from
his own art collections to the Herbert Art Gallery.
The commemorative plaque has been installed on a wall especially built for it by
students from the School of Construction and the Built Environment at Coventry Technical
It is the fifth in a series of Coventry Heritage Plaques following similar memorials to
the poet Philip Larkin, cycle pioneer James Starley, Irish poet John Hewitt and jet engine
inventor Frank Whittle.
Members of the Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club and the Rolls Royce Heritage Trust
will be present at the ceremony.
Peter Walters, spokesman for Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions, said,
"I think its fair to say that John Siddeley has not received the recognition
he deserves in Coventry. Our plaque is a small acknowledgement of his massive contribution
to the city, both as industrialist and benefactor. We believe that its setting, on
Coventry Universitys new and exciting technology park is something that he would
have felt was entirely appropriate."