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Green Plaque Awards Scheme

You voted for your favourite Leicestershire people and places to be honoured with a Green Plaque, here are your final six.

Chapel Street, Barwell

Site of the Barwell Meteorite

On Christmas Eve 1965, one of the largest meteorites recorded in British history landed on the quiet and unsuspecting village of Barwell. Its flaming arrival was followed by a sonic boom as the 4.5 billion-year-old rock exploded into thousands of pieces.

Nominated by Barwell Parish Council

 

William Cotton

Inventor and manufacturer of Cottons Patent Knitting Machines

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

 

Lady Florence Dixie

Author and campaigner for women’s rights

Lady Florence Dixie was a renaissance woman ahead of her time. In 1875, she came to live at Bosworth Hall.  She was appointed war correspondent for the ‘Morning Post’ of London to cover the Anglo-Zulu War and also wrote a feminist novel in which she prophesised that by 1999 the nation would be peacefully led by a woman! She also played a key role in the development of women’s football.

Nominated by the Market Bosworth Society

 

Palitoy

Toy Company

The original toy factory on Owen Street in Coalville manufactured some of the most popular toys in Britain, including Action Man, Tiny Tears, Pippa, Tressy, Mainline Model Railways, Merlin, Star Wars figures and the Care Bears.

Nominated by Robert Brechin of Church Gresley

 

Sir Frank Whittle

Inventor of the Jet Engine

Born in 1907, Sir Frank Whittle was a pioneering aeronautical engineer whose invention – the jet engine - created a revolution in air travel. He worked with Power Jets Ltd at Lutterworth from 1938-1948 to develop the turbojet engine.

Nominated by Geoff Smith of Broughton Astley

 

Wicklow Lodge

Military Hospital during WWI

Located in Melton Mowbray, Wicklow Lodge served as a military hospital in WWI treating over 1,400 sick and wounded soldiers from January 1915 - April 1919. It was originally a private house given free of charge by the owner, and was fully supported and funded by the people of Melton Mowbray.

Nominated by Derek Simmonds of Melton Mowbray

 

The next stage involves us organising the installation of the successful six green plaques. Information on when those events will take place will be avalible on twitter, by folowing: @LeicsCountyHall.

 

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