Charlotte House Receives Blue Plaque In Honour Of Sporting Star
We are delighted to share that Charlotte House Care Home has recently received a prestigious blue plaque in honour of Lottie Dod, a five-time Wimbledon tennis champion and Olympic athlete.
Charlotte House Care Home in Bebington was once the childhood home of Lottie, who went on to achieve incredible success in her lifetime. We are incredibly proud to be able to display the blue plaque which has been bestowed upon the building in partnership with local heritage organisations including Conservation Areas Wirral and Wirral History and Heritage Association.
About Lottie Dodd
Lottie Dod was born in Bebington in 1871 and grew up in the building that is now Charlotte House Care Home. At the age of 11, she started playing Tennis and when she was only 15 she won the 1887 Wimbledon Championships. Lottie was, and still is, the youngest player to win the women’s singles tournament. Following this, she went on to win at Wimbledon four more times in 1888, 1891, 1892 and 1893!
This would be enough of an achievement in itself for many, but Lottie didn’t limit her sporting successes to tennis. After conquering Wimbledon, Dod went on to play field hockey and was one of the founding members of a women’s hockey club in Spital. She also helped to establish a ladies’ golf club in Moreton before going on to win the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship in 1904. Following her golfing achievements, Lottie then went on to take up archery and secured a silver medal in the sport at the 1908 Summer Olympics held in London.
Remembering Lottie At Charlotte House
As you may have guessed, Charlotte House Care Home is named after the relentless Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Dod to commemorate and remember her fantastic sporting achievements. We feel so humbled and honoured to display the blue plaque proudly on the building to remind everyone of her formidable talents and her unrelenting commitment to success and breaking down barriers.
To find out more about Charlotte House Care Home and what has become of Lottie Dod’s former home, please contact us. Charlotte House now offers high-quality residential care, respite care, palliative care and nursing care for adults and we make it our mission to celebrate the achievements of all our residents as fiercely as we champion Lottie’s!