THE former home of the inventor of the modern parachute is to receive a heritage plaque from Loughton Town Council.

Everard Richard Calthrop used to live at Goldings House, in Clay's Lane, Loughton.

The house is currently up for sale with the town council keen to approach the future owner for permission to erect the award.

Environment and heritage committee chairman Chris Pond said: "He did a lot of things. He was an engineer who built light railways in India but he's most remembered for inventing the parachute. He saved many lives and is a very worthy person for this plaque."