THE SOUTHERN BROXTOWE BLUE PLAQUE SCHEME: PROGRESS TO 3 AUGUST 2015
The Southern Broxtowe Blue Plaque scheme is almost complete. It has been a truly collaborative venture driven by a small group of volunteers working together over six years, with representatives from the Beeston and District Civic Society, the Beeston and District Local History Society, the Stapleford and District Local History Society, and the Bramcote Conservation Society. This joint working group, started in late 2009, will wind up once an explanatory Plaque Guide is published.
Our area covers Attenborough, Beeston, Bramcote, Chilwell, Stapleford, and Toton; all to the south-west of Nottingham in the southern quarter of the Broxtowe Borough Council area, where each of the participating societies are active. These plaques celebrate achievement and local identity.
The first ten plaques were fixed between August 2010 and November2011, eight with a formal ceremony:
- Thomas Barton, our first plaque, unveiled in Chilwell by Sir Neil Cossons, 25 Aug. 2010
- Arthur Mee, Stapleford, unveiled 22 March 2011
- Beeston Village Cross, Church Street, Beeston, unveiled Sir Neil Cossons, 7 May 2011
- Arthur Cossons, Church Street, Beeston, unveiled by Sir Neil Cossons, 7 May 2011
- Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren, Stapleford, unveiled 18 May 2011
- General Henry Ireton, Attenborough, fixed without ceremony, 22 June 2011
- Thomas Humber, Humber Road, Beeston, unveiled 21 August 2011
- John Clifford, Church House Nursery, Nether Street, Beeston, unveiled 20 Sept. 2011
- Bendigo, (William Thompson), 92 Wollaton Road, Beeston, unveiled 11 Oct. 2011
- Edward J Lowe, Astronomer, Broadgate House, Beeston, fixed 20 November 2011
In 2012, a total of seven were fixed, four with a formal ceremony:
- Henry Hurt, High Road Chilwell, unveiled by Sir Paul Smith, 30 May 2012
- Chilwell Explosion, site of graves, St Mary’s Churchyard, Attenborough, unveiled 1 July 2012
- Chilwell Explosion, Orchard Cottage, Chetwynd Road, near explosion, unveiled 1 July 2012
- Beeston Manor House, Middle Street, Beeston, fixed 26 August 2012
- Francis Wilkinson, Anglo Scotian Mills, Albion Street, Beeston, fixed 26 August 2012
- Beeston Lad’s Club and Stephen Hetley Pearson, Station Rd, Beeston, unveiled 7 Nov. 2012
- Colonel BD Shaw, explosives expert, 185 Queens Road, Beeston, fixed 16 Nov. 2012
In 2013, a total of twelve were fixed, ten with a formal ceremony:
- William Wallett, The Queen’s Jester, 220 Station Road, Beeston, unveiled 12 February 2013
- Charles and Walter Gregory, Gregory’s Roses, 307 High Rd, Chilwell, unveiled 16 Feb. 2013
- Sir Louis Frederick Pearson, Broadgate Park, Beeston, unveiled 18 April 2013
- Henry John Pearson , Noel Gervis Pearson, White House, Bramcote, unveiled 18 April 2013
- Frederic Chatfield Smith, Bramcote Hall, Moss Drive, Bramcote, unveiled 24 April 2013
- St John’s School, 80 Nottingham Road, Stapleford, unveiled 14 June 2013
- Former Wesley Place Methodist Chapel, Nottingham Rd, Stapleford, unveiled 17 June 2013
- Richard Beckinsale, Actor former pupil, College House Junior School, unveiled 17 July 2013
- George Wilkinson, Beeston, Nether Street, unveiled 31 October 2013
- West End, Beeston’s oldest houses, 1 West End, Beeston, fixed 5 November 2013
- Attenborough Station, Replica War Memorial, unveiled Sir William McAlpine 11 Nov. 2013
- Chilwell Hall and The Charlton Family, High Road, Chilwell, fixed 15 December 2013
In 2014, the final five were fixed, each with a formal ceremony:
- Site of Toton Manor House and Watermill, unveiled, High Road, Toton, 29 April 2014
- Swiss Mills and Pollard Family, Wollaton Road, Beeston, unveiled 27 May 2014
- The Ten Bell, Stoney Street, Beeston, unveiled 11 September
- Sid Standard, Cycling enthusiast, 35 Chilwell Rd, Beeston, unveiled 14 September; and
- Beeston Station, unveiled 8 October by Sir Neil Cossons, the last in this series.
Plaques are produced locally in enamelled cast aluminium by Leander Architectural of Dove Holes, Derbyshire, and become the responsibility of the property owner when fixed. Diameter varies between 30cm and 46cm, (12” and 18”), prepared to designs based on English Heritage guidance.
Costs of manufacture, delivery and fixing for each plaque have risen from £300 to nearly £400 over the life of the project. Only these costs have been passed on; while research, design, seeking permissions where appropriate, ordering and plaque fixing have been organised voluntarily by the participating societies as part of a single service. That service has also included arranging 27 formal unveilings, most involving a Broxtowe or Stapleford Mayor, other dignitaries and family members.
Each plaque has been self-financed, being supported by donations from owners and other interested parties. Material costs of more than £12,000 were covered in this way. Treasurer services and auditing are supplied by the Beeston and District Civic Society.
Additional funding in excess of £3,000 has been raised to cover the separate production costs of preparing the Plaque Guide with publication expected towards the end of 2015. As an interim measure the Nottingham Post Bygones featured all 34 plaques over four issues in September and October 2014 and January this year. The Plaque Group will wind up once the Plaque Guide is complete and available.
The Group gratefully acknowledges the help and support received from many individuals and organisations over the life of a local initiative that has brought people together in new and creative ways. It has been a remarkable example of collaborative working between participating societies and many others that we hope will leave a lasting legacy for the Borough.
A separate list of postal addresses and National Grid References is attached for information.
Chairman Southern Broxtowe Blue Plaque Group
3 August 2015