Weston mayor Henry Butt is ‘worthy recipient’ of town’s next blue plaque

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 May 2017

Henry Butt.

Henry Butt.

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Weston-super-Mare’s first mayor will be the next person to have a blue plaque unveiled in their honour, it has been decided following a public vote.

Weston Town Council is paying for 13 blue plaques to be placed around the town to recognise people who have contributed to its history.

The first plaque, dedicated to Olympic gold medallist Paulo Radmilovic was revealed at The Imperial pub, in South Parade, in March.

A public vote was then launched on the Mercury website to give people the chance to choose the next plaque – and charter mayor Henry Butt came out on top.

Mr Butt owned Milton Quarry and converted many of Weston’s hillside houses into flats – they all have the word ‘mansions’ in their name.

Paulo Radmilovic's plaque.Paulo Radmilovic's plaque.

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley, chairman of the museum working party which will choose where the plaque will go, said: “Butt was a controversial figure who didn’t get on terribly well with the local ‘establishment’.

“He made a great deal of money through an ability to play the inter-wars property market and was what we would nowadays call an entrepreneur.

“He also understood the need for appropriate publicity in all he did, a skill which no doubt helped him raise all the money necessary to build a new pre-NHS hospital in the Boulevard.”

Mr Butt also founded Worlebury Golf Club, and bought the land for the Winter Gardens and Italian Gardens.

Town council clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “Henry Butt is a worthy recipient of the next blue plaque. His influence on Weston can be seen around the town, so there is more than one option for where his blue plaque will be located.”

Any hillside building with Mansions in the title could be chosen as the site of his blue plaque.

Alternatively, it could also be put on the former hospital in the Boulevard, which is called Henry Butt House, or his home in Eastfield Park.

Dr Edward Long Fox, who founded the therapeutic spa at Knightstone, came second in the vote, followed by children’s author Roald Dahl.

Architect Hans Fowler Price and suffragette Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence were next.

All of them will receive blue plaques.

* Here is a map of all the current blue plaques in Weston-super-Mare.

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