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Green Plaque to honour Ladybird centenary

The original home of Ladybird Books in Loughborough is being honoured with a Green Plaque. The site of Wills and Hepworth from 1905, which later became Ladybird Books, Angel Yard off Market Street, Loughborough, is to receive the plaque as part of the Leicestershire County Council awards scheme.

Peter Lewis, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet support member for Green Plaques, said: “With 2015 representing Ladybird Books’ centenary, it is very fitting that the public voted for Angel Yard, the home of Ladybird Books, to receive a Green Plaque.

“Ladybird Books have inspired generations of children to read and learn more about the world around them.

“Although no longer produced in the town, we cannot underestimate the impact this publisher had on the lives of the people of Loughborough and Leicestershire.”

The plaque will be unveiled by Peter Lewis, alongside Caroline Alexander, whose father Douglas Keen introduced the idea of an educational series of books by Ladybird.

Caroline, who was also the model for the child featured in the Junior Science series and The Lord's Prayer book, said: “I distinctly remember being taken around the printing works at Angel Yard when I was a small child.

“Many of the authors and artists became family friends but I haven't been to Loughborough since my father retired so it will be a very nostalgic visit!”

Angel Yard was nominated for the plaque by the Love Loughborough BID (Business Improvement District). Lez Cope-Newman will represent the BID at the unveiling.

For more information on the Green Plaque Awards Scheme, and to nominate a person or place from Leicestershire history, visit

Last updated September 2015