During the past year, our Great North Yorkshire Sons & Daughters campaign has explored the lives of ten important, but widely unknown people from our county’s history, who have made North Yorkshire what it is today.

After a public vote to decide who was the Greatest North Yorkshire Son or Daughter, the winner of the accolade in the public vote is Miss Bridget Elizabeth Talbot.

Bridget Talbot was a formidable campaigner who fought for decades to restore and save Kiplin Hall. She also saved hundreds of thousands of lives during World War Two through her invention of the watertight torch, which was used to rescue naval crew and boats at sea.

Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations to our prize draw winner, who will receive a £30 voucher to spend in the County Record Office’s online shop.

Read more about the campaign and those influential historical figures.