Weston’s next blue plaque to be installed

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 January 2018

Henry Butt.

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A blue plaque dedicated to Weston-super-Mare’s first mayor will be unveiled on Friday.

Mercury readers voted for Henry Butt to be the second of 13 people to receive a blue plaque in a scheme organised by Weston Town Council after a plaque for Olympian Paulo Radmilovic was unveiled last year.

MORE: Paulo Radmilovic – An Olympic career told in pictures.

Mr Butt lived from 1861 to 1944, and owned Milton Quarry and converted many of Weston’s hillside houses into flats. He also founded Worlebury Golf Club and bought the land for the Winter Gardens and Italian Gardens.

His ability to raise money also led to him building a hospital in the Boulevard – the building which is now Henry Butt House, and which will now become home to the plaque which bears his name.

Dr Edward Long Fox, who founded the therapeutic spa at Knightstone, came second in the vote, and will be the next person honoured with a plaque.

His will be followed by children’s author Roald Dahl.

MAP: Blue plaques in Weston-super-Mare recognising historical figures and buildings.

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