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Plaque Of The Day

Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange film cell plaque

Jez says,"Great to see Alex's old domy celebrated"

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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)

recently photographed plaques

In questa casa immagino e scrisse cose immortali Volfango Goethe 1872

English translation: In this house Wolfang von Goethe imagined and wrote immortal things 1872

, Rome, Italy

Subjects

AC Cars Limited first occupied this site in 1911 and it was from here that the famous Cobra was developed in 1963. Inspired by the American Carrol Shelby, the car was generally acknowledged to be one of the faster two-seater production sports cars in the world! It went on to achieve fame globally in such glorious races as the 24-hour Le Mans, the Mille Miglia and the Targa Floria.

High House, High St, Thames Ditton, United Kingdom

Hier wohnte Frieda Bernhard jg. 1885 deportiert 17.11.1941 Kowno Fort IX ermordet 25.11.1941

English translation: Here lived Frieda Bernhard born 1885 deported 17.11.1941 Kowno Fort IX murdered 25.11.1941

Sybelstr. 62, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany

Subjects
Kentucky Historical Marker #746

Governor from Warsaw. Birthplace of Richard Yates, 1818. In Illinois legislature for three terms; U.S. Congress, 1851-55. As Governor of Illinois, 1861-65, he vigorously supported Lincoln and state exceeded the call for volunteers. Member of U.S. Senate, 1865-71. Delegate to conventions that nominated Lincoln and Grant for President. Yates died 1873. A son Illinois Governor, 1901-04.

Warsaw, Courthouse lawn, US 42 & KY 35, ,

Laid out c1235 Castle Street One of the original seven streets Led to Liverpool Castle Demolished 1726 The site now occupied by Derby Square & Victoria Monument

55 Castle Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Médico José Pérez Trujillo 1895-1968 El Barrio del Toscal en agradecimiento por su gran labor humanitaria.

Plaza del Patriotismo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Philosopher Professor Sir Alfred Ayer 1910-1989 lived here 1980-1989

51 York Street, Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Subjects

1939 SNCF 1945. A cet endroit deux cheminots Français, Georges Topenot et Jean Dirand, du dépot de Paris - La Villette, surpris les armes à la main, ont été fusillés par les Allemands le 19 aoüt 1944.

English translation: 1939 SNCF 1945. In this place two French railway workers, Georges Topenot and Jean Dirand, from the depot of Paris - La Villette, caught weapons by hand, were shot by the Germans on 19 August 1944. [AWS Translate]

Gare de l'Est, Paris, France

Paula Susanne Popper [full inscription unknown]

English translation: Paula Susanne Popper

Wundtstraße 64, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany

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George Davie (1912-2007), philosopher and author of The Democratic Intellect, introduced to each other Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978), author of the Scots poem A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle, and Sorley MacLean (1911-1996), author of the Gaelic poems Dain do Eimhir, in what was Rutherford's in 1934.

Drummond Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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The Ferrands Oak. 250 years old. 12 1/2 tonnes. Felled 15-03-1985. Now part of the new south transept at York Minster.

St Ives Estate, Bingley, United Kingdom

Buffalo Church. Organized by Presbyterian pioneers, 1773; broken up by Indian raids. Resumed, with first regular pastor, 1787. Log church of about 1775 replaced by stone in 1816, by brick in 1846. It stands a mile to the north.

Pa. 45, at Johnson Mill Rd., Lewisburg, PA, United States