Blue Plaques in Urmston

Blue plaques awarded in Urmston. 

Urmston area
Recipient  Desription Location Plaque Erected 
Bottoms Footpath (1826)

The stopping of the footpath by Squire Wright resulted in a court action instituted and funded by the people of Flixton in 1826.  This court case was of great historic significance and provided the catalyst for the formation of the Manchester Association for the Preservation of Ancient Footpaths’. 

The footpath ran from Flixton Church and connected with other subsidiary paths to Shawe Hall. The plaque was sited on the wall of Flixton Station but it was unfortunately lost when the building was destroyed by fire in 1997.

Flixton Station  1992
Professor Tom Kilburn (1921-2001) Tom Kilburn was an engineer who created the world's first electronically stored computer programme. Carlton Crescent
Trafford General Hospital On 5 July 1948, the Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, launched the National Health Service at Trafford General Hospital (formerly known as Park Hospital). The plaque was unveiled on the 70th anniversary by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.  Entrance to Trafford General Hospital  5 July 2018  
Beatrice Clayton Pepper (1882-1969) and Edith Clayton Pepper (1885-1978) Beatrice and Edith Clayton Pepper were sisters who played an active part in the militant suffrage campaign and the activities of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). They were born in Chorlton-on-Medlock, but lived at 2 Primrose Avenue, Urmston, for most of their lives. 

Both gave much of their time and energy to promoting the cause throughout Lancashire. Edith was one of a number of women arrested and bailed on Black Friday.

They were both arrested and taken to Cannon Row Police Station following another demonstration.They served seven days at Holloway prison for which they received the Holloway brooch. This badge, known as the ‘Victoria Cross of the Union’ was presented to women who had served prison sentences for militant suffrage activity.

Beatrice died at the family home in Primrose Avenue on 14 June 1969 at the age of 87. She is buried in the family grave at Southern Cemetery, Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Edith was living at Primrose Avenue when she died aged 93 on 19 March 1978. She is buried at Southern Cemetery.

2 Primrose Avenue, Urmston M41 OTY 2 July 2023