History group plan to increase blue plaques in town

The town of Batley which has magnificent Victorian buildings , especially in the Station Road area which is being redeveloped back to it's former splendour  .'...POSS PIC POST .
The town of Batley which has magnificent Victorian buildings , especially in the Station Road area which is being redeveloped back to it's former splendour .'...POSS PIC POST .

Plans to increase the number of blue plaques in Batley which highlight historical sites in the town are being drawn up by the local history group.

Batley History Group is urging people to submit suggestions before the end of the month as to where any new plaques may be sited.

The town of Batley which has magnificent Victorian buildings.

The town of Batley which has magnificent Victorian buildings.

Seven plaques placed on buildings in the Station Road area in the 1990s as part of the Batley City Challenge scheme have been stolen and will be replaced in the new scheme which the group hopes will be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Committee member, Peter Connor, said the old plaques were probably stolen because of their metallic scrap value but the new plaques would be made of aluminium and have no scrap value.

He said: “As part of the project members of the public, local schools and community groups are being invited to suggest sites of historic interest which people consider suitable for a blue plaque.

“These could be an historic building or birthplace or residence of someone who, through their actions and achievements, has helped put Batley on the world map.”

Initially it is hoped to find funding to erect 12 new plaques but the intention is to continue to add others as time goes by.

The deadline for suggestions is Tuesday, June 30.

Suggestions can be sent to history group chairman Malcolm Haigh at 64, Solway Road, Batley or via email to Peter Connor on arapsang@mail.com.

For more information please visit the group’s website www.batleyhistorygroup.co.uk