Plaque nomination for Belper mill owner

Belper philanthropist George Herbert Strutt has been nominated to have a plaque installed in his honour - as part of a scheme to celebrate the important people and places of Derbyshire.

The former cotton mill owner could be recognised as part of the Derbyshire County Council blue plaque scheme which honoured ‘Belper’s industrial spy’ Samuel Slater last month.

He has been put forward for the plaque to celebrate his various important contributions to Belper during the early tweentieth century, including funding the Herbert Strutt School, a public swimming baths and donating land for the Memorial Gardens.

Also nominated is the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale, who stayed at Lea Hurst, and, during the 1880s, nursed her mother and rendered charitable work in the communities of Lea, Holloway and nearby Whatstandwell.

All nominations for the next round of blue plaques have to be in by noon on Tuesday, July 24.

Derbyshire County Council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said: “We have had some great nominations, including several household names.

“But there is still time to get your suggestion in for the Derbyshire person or place you think deserves recognition.”

To nominate nominations visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/blueplaques or write in to the county council at Blue Plaques, Chief Executive’s Office, Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG.

Once nominations are received, a judging panel will draw up a shortlist after which the public will be invited to vote for their favourites.