Potter blue plaque unveiled in Dinting

A Blue Plaque commemorating the contribution made to Glossop by Edmund Potter, founder of the Dinting Vale Printworks (and Beatrix Potter's grandfather) was unveiled today (September 6th 2014) at the Paint Superstore, Dinting Vale House by the Mayor of High Peak, Cllr Alan Barrow. This is the first in what the Glossop & District Heritage Trust hopes will be a series of plaques in honour of people who have made a major contribution to Glossop and district. Everybody was welcome, and there were refreshments.

The project marks the start of a new Blue Plaque Scheme which Glossop & District Heritage Trust have launched this year. It is the brainchild of GDHT member Frances Brierley. She told the Glossop Gazette:

"I joined GDHT after 10 years living in London surrounded by blue plaques and was amazed that Glossop didn't have any. Even Hayfield, Stalybridge and Mottram have Blue Plaques albeit it for celebrities (Arthur Lowe, Kathy Staff) rather than unsung heroes who have put something back into the community."

"Although many councils, civic trusts and societies (such as the Dead Comics' Society), up and down the country have blue plaque schemes, we in Glossop have been overlooked despite the town having several notables who are worthy of such commemoration. Derbyshire CC disbanded their Blue Plaque scheme a couple of years ago and, to my knowledge, HPBC have never had one!"

"Having written GDHT's Blue Plaque Policy in January 2014, I approached Alistair Marsden, proprietor of Dinting Vale House (once the factory's general canteen and social club) who has agreed to have the Blue Plaque fixed to his building which is yards from the now demolished Victorian house, “Dinting Lodge” where Edmund Potter lived from 1842-1861 and raised his family of five children - second son Rupert being the father of Beatrix"

The Blue Plaque will be unveiled at Dinting Vale House at 2pm today and there is an exhibition about Edmund Potter inside the building.

More details of the event and of GDHT's Blue Plaque scheme can be found at http://www.glossopheritage.co.uk/bp01.pdf


Images courtesy Glossop & District Heritage Trust and Malcolm Goth


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