Blue plaque celebrates rail pioneer’s life

Tribute: Derbyshire County Council leader Andrew Lewer unveils the memorial to George Stephenson.
Tribute: Derbyshire County Council leader Andrew Lewer unveils the memorial to George Stephenson.
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VICTORIAN railway pioneer George Stephenson has been commemorated with a blue plaque in Chesterfield where he spent the last 10 years of his life.

The industrialist, who died in 1848, was responsible for construction of the North Midland Railway.

The line is today’s Midland Main Line between Sheffield and London.

A blue plaque was unveiled in his memory at Chesterfield railway station by Derbyshire County Council leader Coun Andrew Lewer in a ceremony attended by local historians and rail enthusiasts.

The plaque, one of six installed at locations around Derbyshire in recent months, follows a statue to Stephenson, which also stands outside Chesterfield Station.