Heritage heroes to be honoured with blue plaques

Votes flooded in to decide on the next six Derbyshire County Council blue plaques.

The worthy winners have been announced. They area gardener William Barron, engineer Henry Royce, Samuel Slater – father of the American industrial revolution, ‘the man who made Matlock’ – John Smedley, writer Alison Uttley and engineer Joseph Whitworth.

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

County council leader Andrew Lewer 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.”