Blue plaque plan to celebrate inspirational woman

Angela Huzulak
July 28, 2021

A blue plaque may be installed on the Royal Hotel in honour of the first female member of the Institute of Quarry Managers.

The Goole Civic Society is aiming to erect the plaque on the Grade II listed building in memory of Annie Harris, who according to a 1891 census, lived with her family at 9 Aire Street before becoming the First Lady member of the Institute of Quarry Managers in 1925. According to documents submitted with the planning application, Annie was born in Goole in 1889 and became a confectioner 20 years later before marrying Somerton Greaves. She managed the quarry in Hensall from 1926 and established companies including the Weeland Sand Co (Leeds) Ltd which traded until 2009 and CF Harris Ltd which remains in operation. The Goole Civic Society is hoping to “assist in interpreting the special historic interest of the listed building”. The East Riding of Yorkshire Council has not yet decided on the status of the application. To view or comment on the application, search 21/02367/PLB on the ERYC planning portal.

The Royal Hotel on Aire Street may be fitted with a blue plaque if a planning application is approved. Credit: 21/02367/PLB. (29-07-16 SU)

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