Blue plaque to commemorate work of pioneering son

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The son of one of Derbyshire’s best-known entrepreneurs is to have a blue plaque unveiled in his honour by Derbyshire County Council.

The plaque, to commemorate Richard Arkwright Junior’s life and works will be unveiled by county council leader and cabinet member for culture Coun Andrew Lewer today.

A descendant of the famous mill owner will join celebrations at 2.30pm at Arkwright’s former home Lumford House, in the grounds of the mill he built and ran in Bakewell.

Richard Arkwright Jnr was the son of the brilliant industrialist credited with creating the modern factory system.

But he is well known in his own right – as the commercial brains behind his father’s mills, successfully expanding the family’s empire.

His is the fifth blue plaque to be unveiled by the county council as part of its scheme to celebrate important people and places of Derbyshire.

He was nominated by the Bakewell and District Historical Society and, following a public vote, was chosen as one of six people to get a plaque.

Coun Lewer said Richard Jnr was ‘vital to the family’s success’.

The other five people to be given a plaque are Lady Baden-Powell, Jedidiah Buxton, Arthur Lowe, Joseph Paxton and George Stephenson.