Henry Butt tops the vote for the next blue plaque

Henry Butt the first Charter Mayor of Weston has been voted the next person to receive one of Weston Town Council’s blue plaques.

Henry Butt was a self-made businessman, born in 1861 and had interests in quarrying and property conversions. He helped pay for the Winter and Italian Gardens and raised all the capital necessary to build a new hospital in the Boulevard. He also founded Worlebury Golf Club. He died in 1944.

The blue plaque scheme was launched by the Town Council to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the town, who have achieved great things in their chosen field or who link Weston to the significant historical events, both nationally and internationally. Henry Butt will only be the second recipient to receive a blue plaque from the Town Council. The first was for Olympian Paulo Radmilovic.

The Town Council and the Weston Mercury drew up a list of twelve blue plaque nominees and asked the public to vote for who they wanted to receive the next plaque. The list of 12 included artists, actors, campaigners, an architect and political figures from the international stage.

Malcolm Nicholson, Town Clerk commented “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.’

The location of the blue plaque will be decided by the Museum and Heritage sub committee.
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For further information please contact:
Tricia Brabham, Communications Officer, Weston Town Council, 01934 632567, Tricia.brabham@wsm-tc.gov.uk

Notes to editors
• The first Town Council blue plaque was unveiled on 30th March 2017 at the Imperial Pub where four times gold medal water polo and swimming Olympian Paulo Radmilovic had been publican.
• Born Robert Henry Coate Butt, he lived in Easfield House and is buried in Milton Road Cemetery.
• The results of the poll are on the Weston Mercury website: http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/blue-plaques

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