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Derbyshire greats honoured with blue plaques

Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce
Image caption Quarndon Parish Council nominated Henry Royce for a blue plaque award

Members of the public have chosen six of Derbyshire's "great and good" to be honoured in the county's 2011 blue plaque awards.

Derbyshire County Council started the scheme in 2009 to celebrate well-known local people.

This year's winners include Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, and Sir Joseph Whitworth, who standardised the industrial screw.

Anyone nominated must have died at least 20 years ago.

The other winners were:

  • William Barron of Borrowash - a 19th century gardener who designed the gardens at Elvaston Castle
  • Samuel Slater, Belper - known as the father of the American Industrial Revolution
  • John Smedley, Lea Bridge and Matlock − regarded as the man who made Matlock, Smedley turned his father's ailing cotton mill at Lea Bridge into a highly successful enterprise
  • Alison Uttley, Cromford and Dethick − an author of more than 100 books, Uttley is most famous for the Little Grey Rabbit children's stories based on her childhood at Castle Top Farm, Cromford, where she was born in 1884
Image caption Dad's Army star Arthur Lowe, who was one of last year's winners, has a plaque in Hayfield

Announcing the latest winners, the leader of Derbyshire County Council, Andrew Lewer, said he was delighted to be honouring the public's favourites.

"I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote and help us make sure the great and good of Derbyshire are honoured," he said.

"The county has a magnificent past, with many of the county's famous sons and daughters truly making history.

"I look forward to paying tribute to them by unveiling the new plaques in the coming months."

Work is now under way to find locations for the plaques.

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