Sir Henry Royce honoured with blue plaque in Derby

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

Sir Henry Royce, the co-founder of Rolls-Royce, is to have a blue plaque put up in his honour in Derby.

The plaque will be unveiled by Derbyshire County Council leader Andrew Lewer at Royce's former residence Quarndon House on 5 November.

The blue plaque will the third to be put up this year to celebrate the achievements of people from the county's past.

Royce was nominated by Quarndon parish councillor Bryan Harris.

Mr Lewer said Royce, who was chosen in a public vote, was "someone who had contributed so much to the fame and fortune of the county".

"It is, therefore, fitting that we are adding to Royce's substantial Derbyshire legacy with this plaque," Mr Lewer said.

'Astonished and proud'

Henry Royce moved his factory to Derby in 1907 and moved his family to Derbyshire in 1908.

Royce, born in 1863, was the youngest of five children and started his own company manufacturing electrical and mechanical items at age 21.

Mr Harris said: "I cannot think of a worthier recipient of a blue plaque.

"Royce contributed so much to the county and I am absolutely sure he would be astonished and proud were he to see that the company he founded has become one of the world's leaders in civil and defence engineering."

Other people honoured include Dad's Army star Arthur Lowe, who has a plaque in Hayfield, and William Barron of Borrowash - a 19th Century gardener who designed the gardens at Elvaston Castle.

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