The House In Stillman Street In Which Dr Kitto Was Born
Medium: Photographic print
"One of the most remarkable figures in the literary history of Plymouth is the celebrated Dr. Kitto, the deaf author. Kitto's parents were Cornish, and he was born in Stillman Street in December, 1804. His father was a mason, and Kitto was brought up to assist him. In February, 1817, occurred the accident which led to his becoming totally deaf...His family were in very humble circumstances, and he was put into the Workhouse. There he remained until 1821, when he was bound apprentice to a shoemaker named Bowden. Circumstances led to his indenture being cancelled, and to his return to the Workhouse. A paper written by Kitto in 1823 came to the notice of the Hele trustees, and he was taken in hand by the Rev. Robert Lampen, Dr. Woolcombe, Col. Hawker, and Mr. G. Harvey...Some of his essays then appeared in print in the Plymouth Herald...He died in 1854 in Cannstadt. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His writings are many, but his principal works are the 'Pictorial Bible' and the 'Encyclopaedia of Biblical Literature.'"
Text by Richard Nicholls Worth from the book 'History of Plymouth'