Lace Heritage with Sir Paul Smith 05/07/2012 16:36:00 G.H. Hurt & Son celebrates its Centenary. Local designer Sir Paul Smith unveiled a Blue Plaque in honour of George Henry Hurt founder of the company. Based in Chilwell, Nottingham, the firm is one of the last factories in the East Midland to make knitted lace. The image is courtesy of the Nottingham Post.