Documenting the historical links between people and places as recorded by commemorative plaques
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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
To celebrate the visit of Her Majesty The Queen to the Walker during her Golden Jubilee Year
Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom
From 1897 to 1935 The Selsey Tramway ran between Chichester and Selsey. At this point the line ran under the road to Selsey Town and East Beach stations
, Selsey, United Kingdom
Vittorio Vettori (24 dicembre 1920 - 10 febbraio 2004) [full inscription unknown]
, Florence, Italy
Wingates Square This place was once a vibrant spiritual & cultural hub of the Wingates community. Based on the Independent Methodist Chapel built in 1835. The world famous Wingates Band was formed here in 1873, & 'Th' Square' has been the Band's home ever since.
Wingates Square, Westhoughton, United Kingdom
In Honour of Charles Keegan Enniskerry The first Irishman to win a World Ploughing Contest in Austria in 1964 Also Willy Murphy and Ronnie Sheane who also represented Ireland
The Bridge, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Enniskerry, Ireland