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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.
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
House of Industry 1774 The Strand Barracks Built in response to legislation introduced in 1772 to establish houses of industry poorhouses and workhouses in all counties. After 1840 it became the Strand Barracks and in the mid 1930s became a corporation store and depot.
Clancy Strand, Limerick, Ireland
Bromwich Parade Up to the mid-Nineteenth century, this river was the main artery of the West Midlands, linking to the sea at Bristol. The Severn Trow was one of the vessels used, typified by it's open hold, flat bottom and 'D'-shaped stern.
Bromwich Parade - near the Worcester Bridge, Worcester, United Kingdom
Hier wohnte Franziska Kahn geb. Kahn Jg. 1865 deportiert 21.7.1942 Theresienstadt tot 5.10.1942
English translation: Here lived Franziska Kahn née Kahn Jg. 1865 deported 21.7.1942 Theresienstadt dead 5.10.1942 [AWS Translate]
Hauptstraße 27, Bad Nenndorf, Germany
Bicentennial Washington by Avard T. Fairbanks, PH.D. (1897-1987) This bust of George Washington was given by the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University in Washington D.C., to the board of Sulgrave Manor in the spirit of the special relationship between the people of Britain and America. Created for the bicentennial of the United States in 1976, this striking likeness has won international acclaim for portraying the spirit of indomitable will of the "Father of his Country". The first bronze casting was installed at the George Washington University in 1980. Bicentennial Washington is also displayed at George Washington's Virginia residence, Mount Vernon.
Sulgrave Manor, Sulgrave, United Kingdom
Texas Historical Marker #07028
Town of Latexo. Early community called Oldham, near Bethel Church and school, was renamed Starks' Switch when International & Great Northern Railroad in 1872 laid sidetrack to serve Starks' sawmill (2 mi. w.). Latexo post office opened in 1907, after the Louisiana Texas Orchard Company platted 3,000 acres of fruit and a town here. Lumbering later stripped timber from area, but permanent settlers grew fruit and cotton. About 1915 Latexo became first Houston County school to teach agriculture. Ranches sprang up, 1960s. Unincorporated, town has fire squad, other civic services. #7028
?, Latexo, TX, United States
Gérard Philipe. "Une bouche très fine, indécise entre le sourire et la tristesse, une taille élevée et souple qui semblait porter, en fléchissant déjà, ce poids léger de la jeunesse". Ce portrait de Musset vu par Lamartine est pour René Clair la description même de Gérard Philipe. Né le 4 décembre 1922 à Cannes, dans un milieu aisé, le jeune homme obtient de sa mère en 1941 de s'inscrire à un cours d'art dramatique plutôt que de continuer ses études de doit; reçu au Conservatoire en 1943, il obtient son premier grand rôle avec Caligula en 1945. Egalement doué pour le théâtre et pour le cinéma, l'acteur aux succès fulgurants refuse le vedettariat; conscient de la nécessité de faire oeuvre utile, il choisit de s'engager aux côtés de Jean Vilar dans l'aventure duT.N.P. en 1950. En novembre 1959, une intervention bénigne décèle un cancer inopérable; 15 jours plus tard, l'inoubliable interprète du Cid s'éteint ici, à 37 ans. "La Mort a frappé haut. Elle a fauché celui-là même qui pour des millions d'adolescents exprimait la vie... Que le silence soit pour un temps encore le témoignage de notre deuil".
English translation: Gerard Philipe. “A very fine mouth, undecided between smile and sadness, a high and supple size that seemed to carry, already bending, this light weight of youth”. This portrait of Musset seen by Lamartine is for René Clair the very description of Gérard Philipe. Born on December 4, 1922 in Cannes, in an affluent environment, the young man obtained from his mother in 1941 to enrol in a drama course rather than to continue his studies de doit; received at the Conservatoire in 1943, he obtained his first major role with Caligula in 1945. Also gifted for theatre and cinema, the highly successful actor refused the vedettariat; conscious of the need to do useful work, he chose to join Jean Vilar in the N.W.T. adventure in 1950. In November 1959, a benign intervention detected inoperable cancer; 15 days later, the unforgettable Cid performer died here at 37. “Death hit high. She broke that very one that for millions of teenagers expressed life... May silence be for a long time the testimony of our mourning”. [AWS Translate]
17 rue de Tournon, Paris, France
In honour of Sir Charles Wyville Thomson 1830 - 1882. Founder of oceanography, Professor of Natural History (1870 - 1882), alumnus of the University.
Ashworth Building, Charlotte Auerbach Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Domus Universitatis 1615-18 erbaut als kollegienhaus der Jesuiten für Mainzer Universität
English translation: Domus Universitatis 1615-18 built as a collegiate house of the Jesuits for Mainz University [AWS Translate]
Alte Universitätsstraße 19, Mainz, Germany
Texas Historical Marker #09151
Early History of the City of Bastrop. Long before white men arrived, this region was inhabited by Tonkawa and Comanche Indians. In 1691 the first Spanish explorers crossed this territory en route to east Texas. From their route, parts of "El Camino Real" (the King's Highway) were blazed, thus placing Bastrop on a major early travel artery. Because El Camino Real crossed the Colorado River here, this was a strategic spot. In 1805 the Fort "Puesta del Colorado" and accompanying community were founded here to protect commerce on the road. In 1825 this area became "Mina," one of the first settlements in the colony of Stephen F. Austin. It was named for revolutionary leader Xavier Mina. In the years that followed, many members of its first 100 families served in the Texas Revolution (1836), the Mexican War (1846-1848), and were active in political life in the Republic and State of Texas. In 1837 when the town incorporated, the name was changed to "Bastrop" to honor the Baron de Bastrop, influential early land agent and statesman. The city was also designated county seat in 1837. (1968) From 1851-1870, this was seat of Bastrop Military Academy, an important Texas school. First courthouse was built in 1853; present one in 1883 on the same spot. (1968) #9151
?, Bastrop, TX, United States
Texas Historical Marker #03595
Nicolaus Zink. In 1844, Bavarian-born civil engineer Nicolaus Zink (1812-1887) was selected to lead a group of German immigrants overseas to establish settlements on a Texas land grant. This colonization effort was headed by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels and financed by a German corporation known as the Mainzer Adelsverein. Upon arrival in Texas in late 1844, Zink realized that the grant to be settled by the colonists was in the heart of Comanche Indian territory. He persuaded Prince Solms to settle at an alternate site, which became the town of New Braunfels. Zink's leadership in the face of unrest, disease, starvation, and monetary problems was vital to the survival of the colony. He eventually was responsible for the supervision of about one-half of the German immigrants bound for New Braunfels. After 1847, Zink built homes in a variety of places, including Sisterdale, Comfort, and an area south of Fredericksburg. In 1868, he acquired this property and built the central portion of the limestone house southeast of this site. He later gave land for and helped engineer the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad bed to Kerrville. Zink lived here until his death and is buried in an unmarked grave near this site. (1984) #3595
?, Boerne, TX, United States