Green Plaque Awards Scheme
Green Plaque Award for Charles Booth
Plaque to honour Charles Booth at
Thringstone Community Centre
The first Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque to be installed will be in honour of the social reformer and philanthropist, Charles Booth.
Born in 1840, Charles Booth is seen by some as one of the founding fathers of sociology. His study of the causes and effects of poverty in London led him to conclude that approximately one third of its inhabitants were living in some degree of poverty. His investigations into the underlying causes led him to support the introduction of a universal old age pension and free school meals for children from poor families.
He spent a fair amount of his life in Thringstone, founding the local cricket club which is still going strong today and purchasing Thringstone House which he later left in trust to the local communities of Thringstone, Whitwick, Swannington and Belton.
He died in 1916 and is buried at St Andrew’s Church in Thringstone.
The first six Awards
Charles Booth is one of the first six chosen by you to be honoured with a Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque.
The first six are:
So what happens now?
We have started work on the next Green Plaque to be unveiled and will keep you up to date on this page.
Page Last Updated: 25 June 2014