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Plaque Of The Day
Jez says, "Not all plaques are for world famous people, but if someone has gone to the effort and cost of erecting a plaque then that is good enough for us. I hope that i'm not maligning 'Spider' by imagining that his 'hours of leisure' were mostly of the tramp-like variety."
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.
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.
- George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist & political essayist lived here (19526 page views)
- Jacob von Hogflume 1864-1909 Inventor of time travel. lived here in 2189 (15077 page views)
- George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist and political essayist lived here (6390 page views)
- Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970 guitarist and songwriter lived here 1968-1969 (5714 page views)
- 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)
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1891-1894 (3846 page views)
- Alan Turing 1912-1954 code breaker lived here from 1945-1947 (3679 page views)
- This building housed the offices of Charles Dickens' magazine 'All The Year Round' and his private apartments 1859-1870 (3339 page views)
- Dame Agatha Christie 1890-1976 detective novelist and playwright lived here 1934-1941 (3027 page views)
- 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
Fire Guards In memory of our dear neighbours William Arthur Shadbolt Aged 34 Years of Beacontree Ave, Sydney John Lee Aged 50 Years of Beacontree Ave Edward Manning Aged 57 Years of Beacontree Ave who tragically lost their lives on 19th April 1941 whilst on duty protecting our community during WW2 To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die
Beacontree Avenue, Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom
Hier wohnte Hermann Federmann Jg. 1930 aus Wunstorfer Anstalten 'verlegt' 27.9.1940 Landes-Pflegeanstalt Brandenburg ermordet 1940
English translation: Here lived Hermann Federmann Jg. 1930 from Wunstorfer Anstalten 'misplaced' 27.9.1940 Landes-Pflegeanstalt Brandenburg murdered 1940 [AWS Translate]
Archivstraße 3, Hanover, Germany
Henry Pelham c.1695-1754 Prime Minister lived here
22 Arlington Street, (Plaque on rear of building overlooking Queen's Walk, Green Park) Westminster, SW1, London, United Kingdom
University of Glasgow founded 1451 [second plaque below reads as follows] This stone plaque, above, marked the site in the High Street, Glasgow, of the old College gateway. The plaque was gifted to the University by the General Council of Glasgow University and erected on 10th October 1955, to commemorate the fifth centenary of the University in 1951. The plaque was salvaged by the University, prior to demolition of the High Street buildings in which it had been incorporated and re-erected here in 1991.
University Tower, University of Glasgow, Gilmorehill, G12 8QQ, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Bedford Hotel Abbey House, built in the 1720's on the monastic site, was for many years the residence of the Duke of Bedford's agent. Its conversion to an hotel took place in 1822
Plymouth Road, Tavistock, United Kingdom
c. 1580 This building formed part of The White Hart, Petersfield's leading coaching inn until the 18th century, with stabling for over 100 horses. Charles II, Samuel Pepys and Peter the Great all stayed here.
Winton House, High Street, Petersfield, United Kingdom
Texas Historical Marker #10473
Bloys Camp Meeting. Held each year since 1890. Founded by Rev. W. B. Bloys, a Presbyterian. His camp pulpit was an Arbuckle Coffee crate. First campers, 48 people from remote ranches and towns, slept in tents, wagons. Family groups had chuck-box meals, sharing with guests. Some 1,500 attend mid-August meetings today. Still nothing is ever sold in camp. Baptists, Disciples of Christ, Methodists and Presbyterians incorporated the Cowboys' Camp Meeting in 1902. Site, Skillman Grove, has been a camp ground since the 1850s. Elevation is about 6,000 feet. #10473
TX-166, Fort Davis, TX, United States
Portico Library - 1806 Thomas Harrison architect (1744-1829) Richard Cobden John Dalton Elizabeth Gaskell Sir Robert Peel Thomas de Quincey Peter Mark Roget were readers here
Charlotte Street, Manchester, United Kingdom
The Square, Grayshott Dedicated to the I'Anson family Refurbished 2010
Headley Road, Grayshott, United Kingdom