Cromford author is celebrated with plaque

Popular author Alison Uttley’s childhood home in Derbyshire has been adorned with a Blue Plaque in her honour.

Castle Top Farm, Cromford, is the setting for Uttley’s well-known Little Grey Rabbit stories as well as the writer’s birthplace.

Now, Derbyshire County Council is has put up a plaque there following a public vote.

Former Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom, who, along with his wife Gilly, nominated the writer for the plaque, and Uttley biographer Professor Denis Judd, were among the guests at the unveiling on Monday, September 24.

The plaque has been built into a dry stone wall adjoining the property where it can be seen by passers-by from a neighbouring footpath.

Derbyshire County Council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer, who officially unveiled the plaque, said he was pleased to be able to honour the world-renowned writer in her home county.

He said: “We set up the Blue Plaque scheme three years ago to recognise the county’s special places and people.

“Alison Uttley certainly qualifies as a dearly-loved Derbyshire author.

“You could also argue her former childhood home should qualify for an award, as Castle Top Farm is the setting for the well-known Little Grey Rabbit stories.

“By putting up a plaque at Castle Top, we are commemorating a fascinating Derbyshire personality who deserves to be even better known.”

Alison Uttley, who was born at Cromford, was the author of more than 100 books, including the Little Grey Rabbit children’s stories, based on her childhood at Castle Top Farm where she was born in 1884. She died in 1976, aged 91. Her book A Traveller in Time continues to be used in schools today.

People from all over the world visit Cromford to trace her stories and childhood.