The Town Council has launched a Heritage Plaque Scheme to recognise important people who have lived here in Stanley over the centuries and important places and events in the Town’s history.

History of Heritage Plaques

The original ‘Blue’ Plaque scheme in London was first proposed in 1863 in the House of Commons by William Ewart MP. It gained immediate support and by 1866 the Society of Arts (which later became the Royal Society of Arts) had founded what we would recognise as the Blue Plaques scheme today.

Benjamin Franklin, David Garrick and Lord Nelson were all among the first to be considered for the honour, but the first plaque, erected in 1867, commemorated the poet Lord Byron at his birthplace, 24 Holles Street, Cavendish Square, London.

From the outset the scheme aimed to celebrate the link between people and buildings. The form of a building can say a great deal about the character of the person who lived or worked there; indeed, buildings that may be quite unexceptional architecturally have been preserved because of their important associations, thanks to the Blue Plaques scheme.  Blue Plaques do not offer any kind of special protection to buildings, but they do raise awareness of their historical significance and can therefore assist in their preservation.

How to Nominate a Location

To nominate a location for a Heritage Plaque, please Contact Us with details of where you would like the plaque to be sited and why, having regard to the Criteria detailed on this page.  Where possible, please give details of relevant historical references that evidence the association with the location.

The procedure that will be followed on receipt of a nomination is detailed here.

The Town Council would like to thank Loughton Town Council for sharing the details of their successful Blue Plaque Scheme which we have modelled ours on.  For more information about the Loughton Scheme, please check their website


1 In the case of a single person

(i) If the person was eminent in his or her field and is listed in appropriate general national biographical sources for the period; for instance, the Dictionary/New Dictionary of National Biography, Who’s Who/Who Was Who, Men and Women of the Time, the Times Obituary, or recognised specialist biographical sources, and had a significant connection with one or more places in Stanley, such as a residence of five years, place of birth, place of business etc.,


(ii) if the person made a definite contribution to the history of Stanley, does not appear in the relevant national sources but had a significant connection with one or more places in Stanley, such as a residence of five years, place of birth, place of business etc.

2 In the case of an event

If it was of considerable importance in the history or development of the town.

3 In the case of a building

If, unconnected with an important person, the building was significant in the history or development of Stanley, or is of great antiquity, or of particular architectural importance.

Please note:  Proposals will not be considered for the commemoration of individuals unless more than 20 years has elapsed since their passing.

Nominate a person

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