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Green Plaque Awards Scheme

The Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque Awards are awarded to people and places around the county, nominated and voted for by you.

The latest Green Plaque Awards

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

Tommy Brown

The Drill Hall

Heathcoat and Boden’s Lace Factory

Ann Ayre Hely

John Theodore Kenney

Revd Dr William Pearson

Tommy Brown

Helped rescue the Enigma cypher machine and code book from a German submarine. Awarded the George Medal

In 1942, the HMS Petard was engaged in the hunt for a German submarine.  When the submarine surfaced alongside HMS Petard after being ‘holed’, it was imperative that the Royal Navy locate the Enigma machine and code book that contained information vital to code-breakers at Bletchley Park. Sixteen-year-old Tommy Brown from Earl Shilton helped rescue the documents, swimming back and forth between the sinking submarine and HMS Petard. The bravery of Tommy Brown and fellow seamen, Anthony Fasson and Collin Grazier, helped Britain survive the war, the details of which only came to light 55 years later when they were released from the Official Secrets Act.

Nominated by John Reed of Hinckley

The Drill Hall

The boys of Melton and District marched to war from here during WWI

Built in 1914, the Drill Hall was the headquarters of both the ‘A’ Squadron Leicestershire Yeomanry and the ‘C’ Company 1/5th Leicestershire Territorials, both of which suffered heavy casualties in France during WWI.

Nominated by Derek Simmonds of Melton Mowbray

Heathcoat and Boden’s Lace Factory

Site of the ‘Luddite’ attack of 1816

The Luddites were a group of workers who destroyed machinery that they felt was threatening their jobs.  At midnight in 1816, a group of Luddites attacked the hugely successful Heathcoat and Boden’s lace factory in Loughborough. The factory operated 55 machines which were destroyed in the attack.  Rumour had it that rival Nottingham lace manufacturers may have financed the raid. With the machines destroyed, production was transferred to Tiverton in Devon.

Nominated by Anthony Jarram of Loughborough

Ann Ayre Hely

Nurse during the Crimean War

After becoming a widow, Ann Hely answered the call for nurses to work in the East, nursing the sick and wounded soldiers of the Crimean War. Anne, who was from Ravenstone, travelled first to the Smyrna hospital and then transferred to the purpose-built Renkioi Hospital designed by the celebrated Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In December 1897, Ann was awarded the coveted order of the Royal Red Cross. A hand-written letter from Florence Nightingale to Ann Hely confirms that Nightingale knew of Hely and her excellent reputation as a nurse.

Nominated by Dr Wendy Freer of Ashby-de-la-Zouch

John Theodore Kenney

Artist who created Thomas the Tank Engine

Born in 1911, Kenney was the artist who created the image and personality of Thomas the Tank Engine and the other engines in Reverend W. Awdry’s famous series. From Kibworth, Kenney was also a fine artist, painting rural and country scenes using the local hunts as his subjects.

Nominated by Stephen Butt of Kibworth Beauchamp

Revd Dr William Pearson

One of the founders of the Royal Astronomical Society

Born in 1767, Pearson became Rector of South Kilworth in 1817, where he carried out decades of observations, especially measuring the times and altitudes that the Sun, stars, planets and the Moon crossed the southern meridian.  His major work ‘An Introduction to Practical Astronomy’ won him the Royal Astronomical Society’s gold medal. He built an observatory on the south side of South Kilworth which is still standing today.

Nominated by Mike Frost of Warwickshire, Carolyn Bedwell of Leicester and Teresa Hawtin of Barwell

What happens next?

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

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