Legend in award running

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HE was an man of many talents.

An illustrator, expert engraver, lithographer, publisher, author and antiquarian, Llewellyn Jewitt is now shortlisted for a Derbyshire County Council blue plaque.

And in the first of our features on local nominees – helping readers vote for a favourite – we focus on the man who also brought clean water to Winster.

“He seems to have been a pretty remarkable man”, said nominator Geoff Lester, chairman of Winster History Group.

“We’ve got a lovely building, Winster Hall which he lived in, to put the plaque on and we think it would be add to the interest of Winster and for visitors.”

Remarkable is the right word for prodigy Jewitt, born as the youngest of 17th children in 1816.

Among his prolific achievements are being the illustrations manager of satirical magazine Punch and working in the presence of Queen Victoria when commissioned to sketch rooms at Buckingham Palace.

He also founded the Derby Telegraph, curated Derby Town and County Museum and co-founded Derbyshire Archaeological Society. He lived at Winster Hall between 1867-1880.

Thanks to him the village obtained a good water supply in 1871, after he found how to lay pipes from a Birchover resevoir then rallied the village to pay for it with cash or labour.

“He was an important person in so many respects”, said Mr Lester, of East Bank.

“We think the years he was most important where when he was here in Winster.

“He was absolutely one of those complete men the Victorian period produced, very often working late into the night to complete a commission.”

Mr Jewitt died aged 70 soon after beloved wife Betsy in 1886. They are buried with sons in Winster.

To vote for anyone on the 12-strong shortlist visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/blueplaques or write to Blue Plaques Vote, Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock. DE4 3AG by August 8.

•See next week’s Derbyshire Times for a focus on George Henry Widdows.

ellen.beardmore@derbyshiretimes.co.uk