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Norwich 252 plaques

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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In the last 11 years, between 20 May 2009 to 31 May 2020, Open Plaques had a total of 1,913,965 page views. 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 (19177 page views)
  2. Jacob von Hogflume 1864-1909 Inventor of time travel. lived here in 2189 (14612 page views)
  3. George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist and political essayist lived here (6298 page views)
  4. Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970 guitarist and songwriter lived here 1968-1969 (5484 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. (3913 page views)
  6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1891-1894 (3761 page views)
  7. Alan Turing 1912-1954 code breaker lived here from 1945-1947 (3522 page views)
  8. This building housed the offices of Charles Dickens' magazine 'All The Year Round' and his private apartments 1859-1870 (3278 page views)
  9. Dame Agatha Christie 1890-1976 detective novelist and playwright lived here 1934-1941 (2928 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. (2887 page views)

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Site of Rose and Crown Yard. Here in a weaver's cottage John Bennet and John Nelson opened an early Methodist preaching room c. 1747

Blackfriars Street and Deansgate, Manchester, United Kingdom

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This house occupies part of the site of what was originally known as the Great House of Lyme Regis. Here lodged in the summer of 1773 William Pitt (1708-1778), first Earl of Chatham, the great War Minister of George II, and his son William Pitt (1759-1806), the great Prime Minister of George III. Also for some months in 1796-1797 it was the home of Mary Russell Mitford (1787-1855) essayist & dramatist

Boots, 45 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom

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Ernest Denis Professevr a l'viversité de Paris défensevr dv droit et de la vérité 1849 - 1921 "La France regard comme vn service personnel tovs les efforts faits par les avtres pevples povr apporter av monde vn pev plvs de lvmiere et de joie" (Pragve 2 Décembre 1920)

English translation: Ernest Denis Professevr has the viversity of Paris defending dv right and truth 1849 - 1921 “France looks like vn personal service tovs the efforts made by avtres pevples povr bring av world vn pev plvs de lvmiere et de joie” (Pragve 2 December 1920) [AWS Translate]

9bis rue Michelet, Paris, France

Nicholas Monsarrat FRSL Born here 22 March 1910 Died London 8 August 1979 Liet. Commander RNVR in the Battle of the Altlantic; famous seafaring son of Liverpool and author of The Cruel Sea, numerous other novels, short stories and a play Plaque unveiled by Ann Monsarrat 4 May 2003

11 Rodney Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Enceinte Gallo-romaine de la cite. Le trace figure sur le sol de cette rue designe l'emplacement des vestiges decouverts en 1898. Jvillet 1902, Ville de Paris.

English translation: Gallo-Roman speaker of the city. The trail appears on the floor of this street, drawing the location of the remains discovered in 1898. Jvillet 1902, City of Paris. [AWS Translate]

6 rue de la Colombe, Paris, France

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1858-1930 lodged here with Dr Budd, his medical partner [full inscription unknown]

6 Elliot Terrace, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Поэт серебряного века Константин Дмитриевич Бальмонт жил в этом доме с 1915 по 1920 год

English translation: The poet of the silver age Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont lived in this house from 1915 to 1920 [AWS Translate]

Bolshoy Nikolopeskovsky Lane 15-1, Moscow, Russia

William Makepeace Thackeray, 1811-1863 novelist, lived here

18 Albion Street, Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom

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Yeovil Day Centre 1889 Built as the 'Victoria Temperance Hall', it became an art and science school in the early 20th century.

, Yeovil, United Kingdom

Kamloops Bull Sale. In 1918 the Kamloops Bull Sale was organized by a group of local ranchers who were interested in improving bloodlines in cattle herds. They formed the BC Livestock and Sales Association. Prior to the first sale little attention was given to breeding high quality animals. The first Bull Sale took place March 26, 1919 at the CPR stockyards along Mission Flats Road west of town. Wild bulls from all over the BC Interior plus better behaved Alberta bulls were sold. The highest priced bull was from Alberta and fetched $450.00. In the first year, wild BC bulls that had never before been handled were released into the pens for auction. This sale was the shortest in BC history as the bulls were not accustomed to life in the show ring and did not behave as well as organizers had hoped. At least one cowboy and horse were injured. By the 1950s the Bull Sale had achieved a high reputation throughout Western Canada and the American Northwest and that reputation continues to this day. Over the years the Bull Sale has moved to various venues like the Kamloops Agricultural Hall previously located at this site. It is presently held east of the city at the Campbell Creek Stockyards.

Riverside Park, Kamloops, BC, Canada

Texas Historical Marker #8333

First Christian Church of Brenham. Organized with 18 members in 1877, this congregation grew out of the early missionary efforts of A. J. Bush and W. J. Jones. Many prominent Washington County settlers were among its earliest members. The fellowship worshiped at various locations until this sanctuary was completed in 1898. Constructed by noted local builder Alex Griffin, the Gothic revival church building features round arched and lancet windows and an elaborate tower. #8333

306 Cottonwood, Brenham, TX, United States

1867 Bramall Lane stages the worlds 1st football cup final - the Youden Cup won by Hallam F.C.

Sheffield United Football Club, Bramall Lane, Cherry Street, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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