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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.

2017 Green Plaque Awards nominations

Nominations for the fourth round of Leicestershire County Council's Green Plaque Awards scheme have now closed. Thank you to everyone who nominated a person or place that they felt deserved recognition.

The nominees will be considered by our panel, who then narrow down to a shortlist of 12. The public then vote for their favourites and the six with the most votes will be honoured at our 'plaque unveriling' events throughout the year.

You can read the details of how we evaluate nominations in the

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2016 Green Plaque Awards


In 2016 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 she 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



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 1400 sick and wounded soldiers from January 1915 to 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 on twitter: follow @LeicsCountyHall.

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