A plaque to record the historic significance of a former Gainsborough machinery manufacturer has been unveiled at Marshall’s Yard by Sir Edward Leigh MP.
The National Transport Trust, with the agreement of Dransfield Properties, unveiled a ‘Red Wheel' plaque to highlight the work of Marshall, Sons & Co and its place in manufacturing history.
Marshall, Sons & Co, was primarily an agricultural machinery manufacturer founded in 1848 and based in the Britannia Iron Works, now Marshall’s Yard.
The plaque, unveiled last Friday (9 September), is sited on what was once part of the Marshall Sons & Co’s original building, now occupied by Wilko.
Deputy chairman of The National Transport Trust, Jerry Swift, who was among those gathered for the unveiling, said: “We have a register of sites we believe warrant a ‘Red Wheel’ and Marshall’s Yard is very much one of these sites. Marshall’s of course was such a significant player in the development and manufacture of traction engines and agricultural machinery, amongst other things, and we wanted to recognise this.”
The Trust unveils around 10 such plaques annually and has so far put up more than 160 at significant sites across the country.
Sir Edward Leigh, speaking during the unveiling, said: “It’s wonderful to be here to unveil this plaque to commemorate the history of Gainsborough, which is intimately tied up with the Marshall family and the Britannia Iron Works.
“We’ve seen an amazing regeneration here at Marshall’s Yard, so this plaque celebrates both the Iron Works and the regeneration.”
West Lindsey District Council has been working with The National Transport Trust on the Marshall’s Yard plaque, from the initially planning of its location right through to unveiling.
Economic growth team leader at West Lindsey District Council, Wendy Osgodby, said: “It is wonderful to have a permanent record of the town’s rich heritage and to see the significance of Marshall Sons and Co recognised in this way.”
Assistant Centre Manager at Marshall’s Yard, Melissa Cutforth, added: “Marshall’s Yard is a modern-day shopping centre serving the needs of the local community. However, we’ve never overlooked the site’s important heritage and we hope our visitors continue to celebrate and learn about this through the various tributes we’ve proudly made throughout the centre.”
You can find out more on The National Transport Trust here.
Details of West Lindsey District Council’s heritage development can be found here Gainsborough Heritage-Led Regeneration