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Green Plaque Awards Scheme


Voting Now Closed

Voting for the second round of Leicestershire County Council’s Green Plaque Awards scheme has now closed.  Thank you to everyone who voted for a person or place that they felt deserved recognition.
Soon, we will announce the winners as chosen by you.
The six people or places with the most votes will have a Green Plaque awarded in their honour.
Here’s a reminder of the twelve shortlisted nominees:
joseph wilkes
Joseph Wilkes
Painted by Thomas Walker


Angel Yard
Home of Ladybird Books
Angel Yard was the location of Wills and Hepworth, Printers. Established in 1873 as commercial printers, the company went on to produce market and distribute Ladybird Books which became famous around the world and made Loughborough well known everywhere as the "home of Ladybird Books".
Nominated by ‘Love Loughborough’
Charles Bennion
Entrepreneur and philanthropist
A successful businessman who founded the British United Shoe Machinery Company, Charles is most fondly remembered for his purchase of Bradgate Park which he gifted to the people of Leicester and Leicestershire in 1928.
Nominated by Peter Tyldesley, Bradgate Park Trust and Claire Higman of Glenfield
William Henry Bragg
Nobel Prize winner for Physics
Born in 1862 and raised by his uncle in Market Harborough, William Henry Bragg shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with his son William for their analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays. The mineral Braggite is named after them.
Nominated by the Market Harborough Historical Society
Private William Henry Buckingham
Awarded the Victoria Cross
Born in 1886, William spent most of his childhood at the Countesthorpe Cottage Homes for orphaned children.  Enlisting in the Leicestershire Regiment, he displayed extraordinary acts of gallantry rescuing wounded comrades, including an injured German soldier, under heavy fire during battle in 1915. Seriously wounded himself, he returned to the Western Front where he was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
Nominated by Derek Seaton of Leicester
Samuel Swinfen Burdett
Lawyer and politician
Born in Broughton Astley in 1836, Samuel emigrated to the USA where he became a lawyer fighting on the side of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.  Elected as a Member of Congress and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, he never forgot his Leicestershire roots and died in 1914 in the house where he was born.
Nominated by Robert Wrathall of Broughton Astley
William Cotton
Manufacturer and inventor
Born in Sileby in 1819, William spent most of his adult life living and working in Loughborough.  A hosiery manufacturer, he developed a powered knitting machine and other ingenious innovations that changed the way knitted fabrics were produced forever.
Nominated by Dennis Powdrill of Loughborough
Sergeant John Hannah
Awarded the Victoria Cross
A wireless operator/gunner during WWII, Sgt Hannah’s bomber was subjected to intense anti-aircraft attack which started a fire that spread quickly. Sgt Hannah, who was from Birstall, remained in the aircraft eventually using his bare hands to put out the fire, enabling the pilot to bring the aircraft back safely.
Nominated by Royal Airforces Association, Leicester
Lord Macaulay
Historian, essayist, poet and politician
Born in Rothley in 1800, Lord Macaulay wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer; his books on British history have been hailed as literary masterpieces. As a politician he spoke out in favour of the reform of the electoral system and the abolition of slavery.
Nominated by Dr Robert Knight of Loughborough
George Stephenson
‘Father of the Railways’
Born in 1781, George Stephenson was a railway pioneer internationally renowned for his innovative engineering. He designed the ‘Rocket’, the locomotive used on the first inter-city railway from Liverpool to Manchester. He moved to Leicestershire in 1830 and turned his engineering talents to building a successful colliery.
Nominated by Chris Pratt of Ravenstone
Winner of the Grand National
Loughborough Racehorse who won the 1914 Grand National by 12 lengths. At one stage he was two fences clear of the rest of the field.  With odds of 100/6, the local bookies all ‘did a runner’ when
he won. The Sunloch Suite at Aintree is named in his honour.
Nominated by Stuart Tyler of Woodhouse Eaves
The Swan Porch
Historical link to ‘Painting the Town Red’
In 1837 after a day at the races, an inebriated Marquis of Waterford and his friends went on a rampage around the town of Melton Mowbray, painting everything and everyone they encountered with red paint, including the effigy of the Swan at the Swan Porch, hence the origins of the saying ‘Painting the Town Red.’  Restoration to the Swan in 1985 revealed the original red paint.
Nominated by John Southerington of Melton Mowbray
Joseph Wilkes
Industrialist and agricultural improver
Joseph Wilkes was born in 1733. One of the leading businessmen during the Industrial Revolution, he transformed Measham from a tiny mining village to a model settlement complete with factories, a bank, an inn, a boat yard as well as affordable housing for his workers.
Nominated by the Moira Furnace Museum Trust

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