Swadlincote to celebrate local heroes and buildings with heritage plaques

The heritage trail is part of South Derbyshire District Council’s Swadlincote Townscape Scheme

Some of Swadlincote's most famous buildings and landmarks including the Bretby Art Pottery Showroom will be celebrated with plaques as part of a heritage trail which will mark the town’s rich history.

The trail is fast becoming a community project with a total of 42 people, buildings and industries having been identified as having the most influence upon Swadlincote.

Burton and South Derbyshire College pupils have also designed a mobile phone app which will provide more information to people who are using the trail.

The trail is part of South Derbyshire District Council's Swadlincote Townscape Scheme which is using a portion of a £400,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This includes £500 for the trail development and plaques and £500 for research, consultation and associated events (walks) led by The Magic Attic. A total of £700 towards the cost of plaques from the East Midlands Airport Fund has also been received.

Swadlincote Townscape Scheme was set up to improve the special historic character of Swadlincote town centre's conservation area and also to get people involved in the town’s heritage.

Members of the district council's environmental and development services committee are set to approve the development of the heritage trail and the plans to complete it at a meeting on Thursday, September 28.

The local desire for a heritage trail came from extensive public consultation for the Swadlincote Townscape project carried out during 2014. This is being turned into reality by the Magic Attic team's local knowledge and archive materials and work by a group of council officers.

Research and the development of a trail around Swadlincote has been overseen by a cross party working group including district and county councillors and officers from both authorities - South Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire County Council - Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre and The Magic Attic.

A total of 42 people, buildings and/or industries have been identified in the Swadlincote area and split into two sections, each represented by a leaflet currently in draft form. Part one will showcase Swadlincote town centre, while part two will include the areas surrounding Swadlincote such as Newhall, Midway, Woodville, Hartshorne and Church Gresley.

The working group will be applying for planning permission to honour half of the sites included in the leaflets, which are included in the panel below, with wall or pavement plaques.

A logo for the project has been designed as a result of a competition which was run at the Festival of Leisure and attracted high-quality entries. Draft leaflets are available for the project and will be completed following consultation replies from the remaining landowner, the TG Green site.

The environmental education project team is looking at a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Sharing Heritage’ fund as a possible option to deliver the trail further.

Swadlincote Heritage Trail Plaque

Extract from an article in the Burton Mail, to read the full article please click here

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