University of Sheffield hosts blue plaque for Peak District campaigner Ethel Haythornthwaite

The University of Sheffield has become home to a new blue heritage plaque to commemorate the life of one of Sheffield and the Peak District’s leading environmentalists and most influential women.

Ethel Haythornthwaite MBE was a key figure in establishing the Peak District as the UK’s first national park.

She also played a leading role in achieving green belt status for Sheffield’s “golden frame” countryside, and paved the way for the public purchase of lots of the much-loved countryside including the Blacka Moor and Longshaw moorland estates.

She was the founding force in setting up what is now the CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire (CPRE PDSY) branch, described by Sir Chris Bonington as “the pace-setter and model for local environmental organisations in every part of the country to follow”.

Ethel Haythornthwaite was born in 1894 at Endcliffe Vale House. The house stood in the grounds of what is now the University of Sheffield’s Endcliffe Student Village, where the new blue heritage plaque has been installed to commemorate Ethel’s life.

The plaque was cast by the Leander Architectural foundry at Dove Holes on the edge of the Peak District and is mounted on a local gritstone boulder donated by Andrew Vickers, the Sheffield sculptor also known as Stoneface.

It was unveiled by Dame Fiona Reynolds CBE, the CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire branch president, and an honorary graduate of the University of Sheffield.

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