Epping's historical figures to be remembered

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Sir Winston Churchill already has a blue plaque on Marks and Spencer in Epping High Street Sir Winston Churchill already has a blue plaque on Marks and Spencer in Epping High Street

A historian and author is set to join the likes of Sir Winston Churchill after plans to erect a blue plaque in his honour were announced.

Epping Town Council plans to celebrate Sir William Addison with the forthcoming plaque.

Sir William was a historian who moved to Buckhurst Hill and later Loughton from his home in Mitton, Lancashire, with his wife Phoebe.

During his time in Epping Forest he owned a bookshop in Loughton and there is a blue plaque on the site where it stood at 169 High Road, from 1905 to 1992.

He also became chairman of the Magistrates' Association of England, chaired the Chigwell and District Historical Society and was a verderer of Epping Forest for 27 years.

There is already a blue plaque honouring the former Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, on the Marks and Spencer in High Street, which is on the former site of the Victoria building, from where he used to give speeches.

Sir Winston was the MP for Epping from 1924 to 1945 when the constituency was divided.

He then stood successfully in the Woodford seat where he remained until 1964.

There are a further two plaques in Epping, one dedicated to Lucien Pissarro in Hemnall Street and the other to Henry Doubleday in Buttercross Lane.

Mr Pissarro was a painter, born in Paris in 1863, who settled in Epping with his wife, Esther, in 1893.

The couple had their daughter, and only child, Orovida on October 8, 1863, and he painted the area in his 1894 work April, Epping.

The following year the family established the Eragny Press, named after his family home in France, the first publication of which was a translation of a French fairytale.

Mr Doubleday was a naturalist who grew up in Epping and was known to collect animal specimens from Epping Forest with his brother, Edward, when they were young.

He was the author of the first catalogue of British butterflies and moths and also discovered several new species including Pigmy Footman, Ashworth's Rustic and the Marsh Oblique-barred.

His moth collections are now held by the Natural History Museum in London.

Epping Town Council would like to hear from anyone with suggestions for people or places to be commemorated with a blue plaque.

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