Plaque to be unveiled in Houghton Regis

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The history of Houghton Regis will be honoured this Sunday as a commemorative plaque is unveiled.

The plaque – to be unveiled outside Rosalyn House nursing home at 3pm – tells the history of Whitehouse Close and Josiah Freeman, the last mill owner to live at ‘The White House’.

Josiah, (right) nicknamed ‘Cyre’, was also great uncle to Hollywood actor Gary Cooper.

The plaque has been purchased from some of the proceeds of local history book ‘Up Above The Streets and Houses’ by Sarah Gelsthorp.

Houghton Regis Heritage Society chairman David Hill said: “We are proud of the fact that this is the first plaque to be placed in our town.

“The Freeman family owned a windmill and later a steam mill in a field behind Mill Road.”

Sarah Gelsthorp added: “We really hope that people will like this new initiative and we look forward to meeting those who have supported this project.”

Following the unveiling, copies of ‘Up Above The Streets and Houses’ will be on sale at All Saints Parish Church, along with other local history books.