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Plaque Of The Day

Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner green plaque

Number One says,"A nice looking plaque down in Portmeirion where The Prisoner was filmed"

sleepymyf on Flickr
Place Of The Day

Norwich 251 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.

Most-viewed plaques

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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Hier wohnte Marianne Marx Jg. 1909 Flucht 1934 Südafrika

English translation: Here lived Marianne Marx Jg. 1909 Escape 1934 South Africa [AWS Translate]

Nordstraße 23, Witten, Germany

Una Marson 1905 to 1965 Poet, playwright, campaigner for equality, first black woman programme maker at the BBC

16 Brunswick Park, Camberwell, London, United Kingdom

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Hier wohnte Moses Spriyel Jg. 1931 Deportiert 1942 Ermordet in Auschwitz

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Brückenstraße 13, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

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Albert Warehouse Built in 1851 and named after the Prince Consort, this was the second warehouse financed by William Partridge, an iron merchant and carrier. Initially used by corn merchants W. C. Lucy & Co., it was converted in 1869 to a flour mill by James Reynolds. The mill closed in 1977 after more than a century of operation.

Albert Warehouse - Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, United Kingdom

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Texas Historical Marker #14950

Site of an Early Bell Foundry. From a log blacksmith shop in 1854 grew a bell foundry owned by G. A. Kelly which manufactured cowbells widely used by pioneer ox-team freighters. Later the Kelly plow one of the first modern plows made in Texas was manufactured here. (1936) #14950

TX-49, Jefferson, TX, United States

Originally constructed in 1746 in the Market Place at the junction with the High Street and Castle Street The Town Hall was rebuilt on this site in 1860 by public subscription generously supported by the Borough's MP, Admiral John Edward Walcott of Winkton Lodge

The Town Hall, Saxon Square, High Street, Christchurch, United Kingdom

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Ancienne Ecole polytechnique: Fondée en 1794 par la Convention, elle fut d'abord logée à l'hôtel de Lassay, aujourd'hui résidence de l'Assemblée nationale. Les élèves étaient alors externes. Napoléon1er lui attribua en 1805 les locaux des anciens collèges de Navarre (fondé en 1315), Boncourt et de Tournai. La chapelle, la sale des actes, le pavillon de théologie, qui dataient du Moyen Age, furent détruits de 1836 à 1875. En 1936, l'aménagement du pavillon Joffre a supprimé d'autres constructions du XVIIIe siècle: seul subsiste, en façade, un avant-corps de 1738. En 1977, la décentralisation a transféré l'Ecole polytechnique à Palaiseau. Ses bâtiments ont été affectés au ministére de la Recherche et de l'Espace, et au Collége de France.

English translation: Former Polytechnic School: Founded in 1794 by the Convention, it was first housed in the hotel of Lassay, now residence of the National Assembly. The students were then external. In 1805 Napoleon1 assigned him the premises of the former colleges of Navarre (founded in 1315), Boncourt and Tournai. The chapel, the dirty acts, the theological pavilion, which dates back to the Middle Ages, were destroyed from 1836 to 1875. In 1936, the construction of the Joffre Pavilion removed other 18th-century buildings: only a 1738 avant-corps remains on the façade. In 1977, decentralization transferred the Polytechnic to Palaiseau. Its buildings were assigned to the Ministry of Research and Space, and to the Collége de France. [AWS Translate]

5 rue Descartes, Paris, France

Texas Historical Marker #2433

Hemphill County. Formed form Young and Bexar territories. Created, August 21, 1876. Organized, July 5, 1886. Named in honor of John Hemphill, 1809-1862. First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Texas. Adjutant General of the Somervell Expedition. Member of the first State Constitutional Convention. Member of the United States Congress. Canadian, the county seat. (1936) #2433

?, Canadian, TX, United States

The Drill Hall - 1915 The Army Drill Hall that stood on this site was used by the 11/44 Battalion, Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment and Cadet Corps as a training and social centre. The property extended to Keightley Road and included a parade ground. The Drill Hall was sold in 1989.

Nicholson Road, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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Hat Factory Formerly William Tooth's hat manufactory Built in 1817

Stone Street, Cranbrook, United Kingdom

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Priscilla Wakefield 1751-1832 Quaker author and founder of the penny savings bank lived near here

Ship Inn Yard near High Cross United Reform Church, 310 High Road, Tottenham, London, United Kingdom

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These premises were totally destroyed by a zeppelin raid during the World War on September 8th 1915 rebuilt 1917

61 Farringdon Road, EC1, London, United Kingdom