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Red Cow Inn, Haslemere blue plaque

Jez says, ""At one strange birth this cow cast forth eight calves in human shape""

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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.

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Libération de Paris (15 août - 28 août 1944). Ce bâtiment, siège de la Préfecture de Police, a été, le samedi 19 août 1944, le lieu du déclenchement de l'insurrection des Parisiens contre l'armée d'occupation allemande à l'initiative des mouvements de résistance de la police. Pendant plusieurs jours, des combats meurtriers se déroulent autour de ce immeuble et dans les rues de Paris où policiers, sapeurs-pompiers et gardes républicains, avec leurs camarades FFI et FTP, combattent l'occupant. 167 policiers perdent la vie lors de ces combats. Alors que la révolte est au bord de l'asphyxie, un appel de la Résistance parisienne est lancé, dès le 23 août, auprès du commandement allié pour aider le soulèvement parisien. Sur ordre du général Eisenhower, commandant suprême des forces alliées, et à la demand expresse du général de Gaulle, le général Leclerc, commandant la 2ème DB, marche sur Paris. Le 24 août, il adresse un message, largué par avion, aux insurgés: "Tenez bon, nous arrivons". Dans la soirée du 24 août et au matin du 25 août, la 2ème DB entre dans Paris, le général Leclerc arrive à la Préfecture de Police déjà libérée. A 15 h 30, le général von Choltitz, commandant du "Gross Paris", se rend à la Préfecture de Police où il signe la convention de reddition des forces allemandes de Paris avec le général de division Leclerc en présence de MM. Chaban-Delmas, Rol-Tanguy et Kriegel-Valrimont, représentant la Résistance. Cet acte de capitulation est rendu public en fin d'après-midi à la gare Montparnasse devant une foule enthousiaste. Par leur action, leur courage et leur sacrifice, les hommes et les femmes de la Résistance ont facilité la progression des éléments de la 2ème DB et de la 4ème division d'infanterie américaine pour la libération de la Capitale.

English translation: Liberation of Paris (15 August - 28 August 1944). On August 19, 1944, this building, the seat of the Prefecture of Police, was the scene of the insurrection of the Parisians against the German occupation army at the initiative of the police resistance movements. For several days, murderous fights took place around this building and in the streets of Paris, where police, firefighters and Republican guards, with their FFI and FTP comrades, were fighting the occupiers. 167 policemen lost their lives during the fighting. As the revolt is on the brink of asphyxia, a call from the Parisian Resistance is launched, as of 23 August, with the allied command to help the Paris uprising. On the orders of General Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, and at the express request of General de Gaulle, General Leclerc, commanding the 2nd Armored Division, marched on Paris. On August 24, he sent a message, dropped by air, to the insurgents: "Hold on, we come." On the evening of August 24th and the morning of August 25th, the 2nd DB entered Paris, General Leclerc arrived at the Prefecture of Police, already liberated. At 3:30 pm General von Choltitz, commander of the "Gross Paris", went to the Prefecture of Police where he signed the agreement of surrender of the German forces in Paris with Major General Leclerc in the presence of Messrs. Chaban-Delmas, Rol-Tanguy and Kriegel-Valrimont, representing the Resistance. This act of capitulation is made public at the end of the afternoon at Montparnasse station before an enthusiastic crowd. Through their action, courage and sacrifice, the men and women of the Resistance facilitated the advance of the elements of the 2nd DB and the 4th Infantry Division for the Liberation of the Capital.

9 Boulevard du Palais, Paris, France

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Waldo Williams 1904-1971 born at Prendergast School House, died at St Thomas' Hospital, Haverfordwest. Poet, pacifist, Quaker. 'Blessed are the peacemakers'

Queensway, Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

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Josiah Wedgwood 1730-1795 Master Potter Co-founder of Unitarian Academy, Warrington, Lancs. Active worshipper at this Meeting House

Lower Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

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W. F. R. Stanley 1829-1909 inventor, manufacturer and philanthropist, founded and designed these halls and technical school

Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill, London, United Kingdom

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Runcorn Association Football Club. R. H. Posnett, the owner of Highfield and Camden tanneries, purchased the Canal Street ground in 1918, which had been used previously by the town's rugby team. Runcorn A.F.C. was formed in the same year, as part of the Highfield and Camden Tanneries Recreation Club, hence the team's early nickname of 'The Tanners'. The team continued to be run under the umbrella of the tanneries until 1953, when it became Runcorn A.F.C. Ltd. Runcorn A.F.C., later nicknamed 'The Linnets' because of the green colour in their home kits, were a major force in non-League football. The peak of the team's success was winning the Alliance Premier League in 1982. However, they could not apply for election to the Football League because their ground did not meet League requirements. Just five seasons later, this system of voting teams into the Football League was replaced by automatic promotion, but it was too late to help Runcorn A.F.C., who were no longer the great side they once were. In the 1993-94 season, a perimeter wall collapsed during an F.A. Cup tie with Hull City, the main stand was destroyed by fire, and the roof of another stand blew off during heavy winds. These events, together with poor form on the pitch, sent the club into a downward spiral, and in 2000 the club sold its Canal Street ground that had been its home since 1918. This was a great disappointment to fans, and caused a general feeling of loss in the town. The Linnets Park housing estate now stands on the former site of the ground. In 2006 Runcorn AFC ceased activity, but fans of the team formed a new club called Runcorn Linnets, who play at The Millbank Linnets Stadium in Murdishaw. C'mon the 'Corn!

The Bridgewater Bar, Canal Street, Runcorn, United Kingdom

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Texas Historical Marker #04559

Sand Branch Baptist Church. Organized under a tree near this site on August 27, 1882, the pioneer Sand Branch Baptist Church began with twelve members from the surrounding rural area. Elder C.B. Hukill served as the congregation's first pastor. Early worship services, conducted once a month, were held under a brush arbor and later in the community schoolhouse, located nearby. By the early 1900s the schoolhouse was no longer adequate for the growing congregation and plans were initiated for the construction of a separate sanctuary. Built by the members, it was completed in 1904 at this location. The land was conveyed by member W.W. Davidson, who had earlier deeded the adjacent cemetery site. New church facilities were constructed here later. For over a century the Sand Branch Baptist Church has played a significant role in the development of the area. Church facilities have been used for a variety of civic activities and members of the congregation have served as prominent leaders of the Sand Branch community. In addition, as an early member of the Rio Grande Baptist Association, later renamed the Frio River Baptist Association, the church has been active in area missionary work. (1982) #4559

?, Rossville, TX, United States

Hoffman Watermark. Hoffman Gunpowder Burying Ground circa 1778-1890. William Hoffman, born 1740 in Germany, arrived in Philadelphia in 1768. He married Susanna Weinbach in 1771. They moved here to Maryland in 1775 and built clipper paper mill. William was the first paper maker in the state of Maryland. In 1781 he built the gunpowder paper mill. The village that formed nearby was called Paper Mills, later renamed Hoffmanville. William provided a school and church for his employees, as well as this burial place. Susanna died 1803 and William 1811. Their children were: William, Christian, Henry, Jacob, Peter, Gottlieb and Susanna.

Hoffman Cemetery, Hoffmanville, MD, United States

Old South Meeting House has been designated a registered national historic landmark Under the provisions of the historic sites act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States. U.S. Department of the Interior National Parks Service 1964

310 Washington Street, Boston, MA, United States

The Willow House Built c. 1556, the Willow House is one of the oldest surviving houses in Watton and has been a vicarage, a school, a laundry and a dentists surgery.

2 High Street, Watton, United Kingdom

MERRIDALE HOUSE Home of Sir Rupert Kettle (1817-1894) Barrister and County Court Judge "A fair day's pay for a fair day's work" Lived in this house c1851-1894 Building saved and restored by Dino's Building Limited 2007

124 Compton Road, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

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Rye's first Franciscan Friary established in 1910

Watchbell St, Rye, United Kingdom

Texas Historical Marker #04852

Site of Old Happy. The Hugh Currie family home, "Happy Hollow" (built 1891, near this site), was for many years only house on Amarillo-Tulia freight and stage lines. Settlers got mail and freight here. The U.S. Postal Department cut name to "Happy" for the post office. The town moved (2 miles west) to Santa Fe Line, 1906. (1973) #4852

US 87, 1 mi. N of Happy, Happy, TX, United States