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Plaque Of The Day

Muhammad Ali blue plaque

myf says, "Sometimes plaques are put up to commemorate the oddest things! Sadly this one is no longer on display."

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Place Of The Day

Norwich, United Kingdom

Norwich has a long history. It has been a city since 1094. From the Middle Ages until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was the largest city in England after London and one of the most important. This is refelected in its plaques.

Most-viewed plaques

In the last 11 years, between 20 May 2009 to 6 Jan 2021, Open Plaques had 4,530,517 page views from 1,234,480 users. Some were triggered by internet memes such as Steve Ullathorne's 2012 image of a George Orwell plaque with a CCTV camera next to it. Others, such as those for Alan Turing, were probably triggered by an anniversary and campaign for recognition.

  1. George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist & political essayist lived here (19526 page views)
  2. Jacob von Hogflume 1864-1909 Inventor of time travel. lived here in 2189 (15077 page views)
  3. George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist and political essayist lived here (6390 page views)
  4. Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970 guitarist and songwriter lived here 1968-1969 (5714 page views)
  5. Alan Turing 1912-1954 founder of computer science and cryptographer, whose work was key to breaking the wartime Enigma codes, lived and died here. (4085 page views)
  6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1891-1894 (3846 page views)
  7. Alan Turing 1912-1954 code breaker lived here from 1945-1947 (3679 page views)
  8. This building housed the offices of Charles Dickens' magazine 'All The Year Round' and his private apartments 1859-1870 (3339 page views)
  9. Dame Agatha Christie 1890-1976 detective novelist and playwright lived here 1934-1941 (3027 page views)
  10. The Peterloo Massacre. On 16th August 1819, a peaceful rally of 60,000 pro-democracy reformers, men, women and children was attacked by armed cavalry resulting in 15 deaths and over 600 injuries. (3006 page views)

recently photographed plaques

Fair Isle South Lighthouse Built: 1892 Engineer: David A. Stevenson Automated: 31st March 1998 During an air attack in December 1941, Mrs. Catherine Sutherland (aged 22) the wife of an assistant lighthouse keeper, was killed and their infant daughter slightly hurt. On 21st January 1942 during a second attack a bomb hit the west end of the main block of houses. The building caught fire and was burnt out. The wife of the principal lighthouse keeper, Mrs. Margaret Helen Smith (aged 60), and their daughter Margaret (Greta) Smith (aged 10) were killed. A soldier, Gunner William Morris (aged 27) manning an anti aircraft gun nearby was also killed. Extensive damage was done by fire, blast and flying debris. Mr. Roderick Macaulay, assistant keeper at Fair Isle North, walked through snow drifts and gale force winds to help restore the south light. He received the B.E.M. for outstanding service. In memory of Mrs. Catherine Sutherland Mrs. Margaret Smith Margaret (Greta) Smith Gunner William G. Morris R.A.

?, Fair Isle, United Kingdom

Esther Durst [full inscription unknown]

English translation: Esther Durst

Rückerstr. 7, Mitte, Berlin, Germany


Queste case di Seghettina accolsero nell'autunno 1943 un gruppo numeroso di alti ufficiali dell'esercito britannico sfuggiti alla prigionia. Da qui ripresero poi un lungo, difficile itinerario che li condusse al quartier generale delle truppe Alleate nel sud dell'Italia. Le popolazioni dell'Appennino e della pianura Romagnola, anche a rischio della vita, furono con coraggio e con amore al loro fianco per restituirli alla liberta'.

English translation: In autumn 1943, these houses of Szeged welcomed a large group of senior British army officers who escaped captivity. From here they resumed a long, difficult route that led them to the headquarters of Allied troops in southern Italy. The populations of the Apennines and the Romagnola plain, even at risk of life, were courageously and with love at their side to return them to freedom. [AWS Translate]

, Bagno di Romagna, Italy

Dame Celia Johnson 1908-1982 actress was born here

Petersham Road, Richmond, London, United Kingdom


Major Dr. John Hall-Edwards 1858-1926 pioneer radiologist worked here

Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, United Kingdom


Olive Schreiner 1855-1920 author lived here

16 Portsea Place, Westminster, W2, London, United Kingdom


Eric Ravilious 1903-1942 artist designer and illustrator was born and live here until 1907

96 Churchfield Road, Ealing, London, United Kingdom


The house of Richard Whittington Mayor of London stood on this site 1423

20 College Hill, EC4, London, United Kingdom


Annie Bukofzer [full inscription unknown]

English translation: Annie Bukofzer

Trautenaustr. 18, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany


John Exton, M.D. Mayor of Lynn 1735 lived here

High Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom


Thomas Ferres (1568/9-1631) Master Mariner, Warden of Hull Trinity House, Mayor, and Sheriff Significant benefactor to Hull Trinity House leaving his Estate for the benefit of distressed and needy seafarers.

Trinity House Lane, Hull, United Kingdom

Texas Historical Marker #06626

Cherokee County Courthouse. This courthouse, the fourth to serve the citizens of Cherokee County, was built in 1940-41 with the assistance of the Federal Works Progress Administration. Designed by the architectural firm of Gill & Bennett, the moderne structure is built of native red and white limestone and features a central block with two-and-one-half story wings. Large windows on its to primary facades and decorative art deco grillwork are also prominent. #6626

?, Rusk, TX, United States