Edith Smith, who was the first woman to become a warranted police officer, was born and bred in Oxton. She lived in 18 Palm Hill where members of the Oxton Society and their guests assembled on June 16th to unveil our second Blue Plaque. Edith made her mark in Grantham where she looked after the welfare of the town’s young women given the proximity of army barracks at Catterick.

The ceremony was attended by Courtney Finn from the Grantham Civic Society, who helped with Edith’s biog, and members of her family, including her granddaughter, Margaret Smith who unveiled the plaque. Guests were welcomed by Rhiannon Evans, the chair of the Oxton Society and Bob Knowles who gave a short talk on Edith’s career. Bob has produced a pamphlet on Edith, available from Oxton Books in the Williamson.




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