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In the summer of 1831 Michael Faraday 1791-1867 stayed at 3 Prior's Cottages on this site. Later that year he announced his discovery of electromagnetic induction to the Royal Society London

Pelham Street, Hastings, United Kingdom


Catherine Walters (Skittles) the last Victorian courtesan lived here from 1872 until 1920

15 South Street, London, United Kingdom


ST PETERSGATE BRIDGE Opened in 1868. Designer:R Rawlinson. Cast iron bridge with five brick arches. The unusual urban engineering allowed east access from the St Petersgate to the Market.

Little Underbank, Stockport, United Kingdom

Site of the Saracen's Head Inn demolished 1868

Snow Hill, EC1, London, United Kingdom

Built on the market place in 1827 by Earl Grosvenor who owned most of Shaftesbury, it replaced the open-arched New Guild Hall. Clock tower added in 1879.

Town Hall, High Street, Shaftesbury, United Kingdom


The Silver Studio, established here in 1880. Arthur Silver (1853-1896), Rex Silver (1879-1965), Harry Silver (1881-1971), designers, lived here.

84 Brook Green Road, Hammersmith and Fulham, W6, London, United Kingdom


Herbert Louis, 1st Viscount Samuel of Mount Carmel and Toxteth, (1870-1963) Statesman. was born here.

11 Belvidere Road, Liverpool, United Kingdom


This Castle and lands adjoining were very generously given to the people of Kenilworth by the Rt. Hon Cyril Davenport, Baron Kenilworth, C.B.E., T.D., who handed the deeds of the freehold to the Chairman of the Urban District Council of Kenilworth, Mr. Councillor Leonard Smalley, J.P., M.B., on the 11th day of November, 1958, The 400th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I to the throne of England.

Near the Great Hall - Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, United Kingdom


'Wie alles verlaat vindt in vaders huis dat vele woningen heeft, zijn thuis'. In het voormalig klooster dat hier stond, behorend aan het uitgevershuis van zijn vader, stierf op 26 januari 1953 de dichter Martinus Nijhoff

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Kleine Kazernestraat 1, Den Haag, Netherlands

Texas Historical Marker #11216

Richard (Dick) King and Rachel Ellis King. Richard (Dick) King (July 4, 1849 -- September 28, 1948) and Rachel Ellis (March 20, 1849 -- February 1, 1930), both born into slavery in Alabama, were brought to this area prior to the Civil War. Married in 1869, they were the parents of 10 children, 9 of whom lived to adulthood. Respected members of the Hopewell Community, the Kings operated a grist mill, a syrup mill, and a commissary. Am early pastor of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Mr. King also served on the school board. #11216

?, Crockett, TX, United States

George Livesey, Sir 1834 to 1908 Chairman of the South Metropolitan Gas Company and one of Southwark's greatest industrialists Gave this building to the People

Livesey Museum, 682 Old Kent Road, Walworth, London SE15 1JF, London, United Kingdom


Heinrich Adler [full inscription unknown]

English translation: Heinrich Adler

Friedelstraße 47, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany