July 24, 2019 Bradford Civic Society

New blue plaque honours legendary Bradford pharmacist

 

Qaiser and Sajid of Rimmington’s Pharmacy with the new blue plaque

The Lord Mayor of Bradford has unveiled the latest blue plaque for Bradford  in honour of Felix Marsh Rimmington, Bradford’s legendary Borough Analyst.

Felix Rimmington opened a pharmacy on Ivegate in 1842, but it was moved to its present site on Bridge Street in 1875. Rimmington soon established himself as a valuable scientific expert for the authorities in
Bradford, and is considered to be a pioneer of many modern forensic science techniques and public health initiatives. Rimmington also worked on the infamous ‘Humbug Billy’ sweet poisoning case of 1858.
The blue plaque for Felix Rimmington has been gifted to the city of Bradford by the current owners of Rimmington’s Pharmacy, Sajid Hussain and Qaisar Sheikh. The installation of the plaque coincides with
the enhancement of the shop’s historic facade and in investment in new heritage signage facing onto Centenary Square.

Sajid Hussain, of Rimmington’s Pharmacy, said: “A Big thank you to the civic society for making this dream finally come true, and a huge thank you to all our customers for their continued support and loyalty
to Rimmington’s. We desperately need Bradfordians to attach themselves to Rimmington’s and its history.
When we still have a Rimmington’s since 1842, why go elsewhere?

Si Cunningham, of Bradford Civic Society, said: “It’s fitting that during the increasingly popular Bradford Science Festival, we are able to honour a great Bradfordian who dedicated his life to the pursuit
of science and the improvement of public health. What’s also impressive is the dedication and passion for carrying on Felix’s work that Sajid and Qaiser are still displaying over 175 years since Rimmington’s first
opened its doors. It’s been a real honour to help bring this blue plaque idea to life.”