Blue plaques honour notable men and women who have lived or worked in buildings around the Borough. A recent example of this the plaque at 3 Lows Lane, Stanton by Dale which commemorates aeronautical engineer Oswald Short. The plaque was erected by the council in partnership with Friends of Erewash Museum.

Hugh Oswald Short (1883-1969) was the son of Samuel Short, an employee at the Stanton Ironworks. It is thought that Oswald lived at 3 Lows Lane until his father's death in 1895.

Oswald was the driving force behind Short Brothers, aeronautical engineers, establishing the firm's seaplane factory at Rochester (1914) and airship factory at Cardington (1916). He was chairman of the firm from 1919 and managing director from 1932. Oswald's genius can be seen in his pioneering work on "stressed skin" aircraft construction, a technology that has since gained worldwide acceptance. He was an honorary fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and president of the Society of Aviation Artists.

The plaque was funded by public subscription. We are grateful for the contribution made by the Bombardier Aerospace (NI) Foundation and by the following individual subscribers (in alphabetical order):

  • Rt Hon Lord Brabazon of Tara DL

  • Norma Crowe (Medway Archives)

  • David Ellwood

  • Peter George

  • David Hayes

  • Ilkeston & District Local History Society

  • Helen Landau

  • Kathleen Trueman.

The plaque was manufactured and installed by Leander Architectural of Buxton. 

On the 18 October 2012 the Council adopted the List of Buildings of Local Interest (Local List). The Local List recognises the contribution made by about 160 buildings to the architectural and historic interest of the Borough. These buildings were selected for inclusion as they appear to meet our Criteria for Local Heritage Designations, which were adopted in January 2011.

The inclusion of a building on the Local List would be taken into account in the event that Planning Permission is sought to alter or extend it. We would consider whether any such proposal is sympathetic to the character of the building, paying particular attention to the scale of the proposal and the choice of materials. Otherwise the inclusion of a building on the Local List would not affect its Permitted Development Rights.

The Local List should not be confused with the national List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historic Interest; that is, we are not proposing to designate these buildings as Listed Buildings. Listed Buildings are designated at a national level and they are subject to stricter controls on alteration, extension and demolition works.

You can find out more about the Local List and its implications by downloading our FAQ sheet.

The Council may revise the Local List periodically as new evidence is brought to our attention. You can nominate a building for inclusion on the Local List using the Proposal Form. You may submit the form by post or by e-mail.

The Conservation Officer
Erewash Borough Council
Town Hall
Derby Road
Long Eaton
NG10 1HU


List of buildings of local interest - in alphabetical order by parish

Our historic environment is part of our cultural heritage, it has shaped the towns and villages in which we live, and reflects our knowledge and traditions of our diverse community. The historic environment gives the places that we live meaning, quality and distinctiveness, providing a sense of continuity and our source of identity.  

Historic Environment Conservation is the process of valuing, caring for and managing change of these areas, to preserve and enhance the uniqueness and quality of the places we live. It is important that we recognise the value of these areas, and embrace opportunity for change to reveal or reinforce the value for present and future generations.  

Development Proposals affecting Historic buildings and designated Conservation Areas have additional requirements in the planning process. It may be criminal offence to undertake works without consent and it is always advisable to check first. Conservation will advise the Development Management Team as to how the built environment is protected and enhanced, and provide guidance for works to a listed building or a property in a conservation area.

Please contact for more information.

Useful Conservation Links

Historic England

Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Open Days

War Memorials Trust

Picture the Past

Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust

If you are a local history group or preservation trust working in Erewash, and would like a link to your homepage, please get in touch.


Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
0115 907 2244
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