Plaque honours railway pioneer

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RAILWAY pioneer George Stephenson is being honoured with the installation of a blue plaque at Chesterfield station.

The sign, being unveiled on Friday will be the last of six blue plaques which have been put up around Derbyshire in the first phase of a scheme to celebrate the county’s important people and places.

Derbyshire County Council leader, Coun Andrew Lewer, said: “Although perhaps best known in the North East, Stephenson lived in Derbyshire for 10 years, at Tapton House, Chesterfield, until his death.

“He was behind the North Midland Railway linking Derby with Leeds – a project he regarded as his greatest achievement.”

Three Chesterfield heritage sites were honoured in this year’s Derbyshire Heritage Awards. Chesterfield Museum received highly commended certificates for two projects celebrating manufacturing and local memories.

Barrow Hill Engine Shed won a special judges’ award. The Heart of Staveley project was ‘highly commended’ for an event at Staveley Hall.