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His Majesty King George the sixth lay in state here from the eleventh of February until his Burial at Windsor on the fifteen of February nineteen hundred & fifty-two

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Texas Historical Marker #9027

Wisener Field. The age of aviation came to Mineola on July 4, 1917, when a Curtis JN-4D "Jenny" biplane, piloted by a member of the U. S. Army Signal Corps, landed at this field. Called Massengale Meadow at the time, the site's flat terrain proved conducive to the establishment of one of the first airports in Texas. It was used by military aircraft during World War I and was the home of the Royal Flying Circus and other barnstormers in the 1920s. Expanded and improved over the years, it remains a privately-maintained public use airport. (1988) #9027

Stearman Street & Country Club Drive, Mineola, TX, United States

Hôtel du duc d'Orléans. Né le 4 août 1703, Louis d'Orléans est à la fois le petit-fils de Louis XIV (par sa mère, Marie-Françoise de Bourbon, fille de madame de Montespan; son père devient Régent de France à la mort du Roi-Soleil) et l'arrière-grand père de Louis-Philippe. Plus intéressé par l'étude des sciences et des langues anciennes que par les affaires du royaume, le premier prince de sang songe même à se faire moine à Sainte-Geneviève à la mort de sa jeune femme, en couches, le 8 août 1726. En 1742, il achète un terrain contigu à l'enclos de l'abbaye et s'y fait édifier une maison où installer sa bibliothèque, un laboratoire de chimie et ses collections de pierres gravées et de médailles; dans le jardin poussent des plantes médicinales exotiques. Epuisé par une vie de privations, il meurt le 4 février 1752. Son hôtel, séquestré sous la Révolution, sert désormais de presbytère à l'église Saint-Etienne du Mont.

English translation: Hotel of the Duke of Orleans. Born on 4 Aug. 1703, Louis d'Orléans was both Louis XIV's grandson (by his mother, Marie-Françoise de Bourbon, daughter of Madame de Montespan; his father became Régent de France at the death of the Sun King) and Louis-Philippe's great-grandfather. More interested in the study of ancient sciences and languages than in the affairs of the kingdom, the first prince of blood even considered becoming a monk in Sainte-Geneviève when his young woman died in childbirth on 8 Aug. 1726. In 1742 he purchased land adjacent to the abbey enclosure and was built a house where he installed his library, a chemistry laboratory, and his collections of engraved stones and medals; in the garden, exotic medicinal plants grew. Exhausted by a life of deprivation, he died on 4 Feb. 1752. Its hotel, sequestered under the Revolution, now serves as a presbytery at Saint-Etienne du Mont Church. [AWS Translate]

30 rue Descartes, Paris, France

Robert Graves (1896-1985) Poet and author Frequented The Locke Bar while stationed in Limerick during the War of Independence (1919-1921) serving as an officer in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick, Ireland


On the 18th March 2016 the Channel Islands Co-operative Society kindly gifted No's 4,5 & 6 Pitt Street to the National Trust For Jersey for the benefit of the island. The subsequent renovation was made possible due to the generous legacies of Mrs Anne Herrod, Mr & Mrs Jack Trotman and Mrs Mollie Houston. The restored buildings were officially opened by Mr Ben Shenton and Mrs Georgina Malet de Carteret on 28th April 2018.

Pitt Street, St. Helier, Jersey

24th September 1917 13 people were killed and 22 injured near this spot on the steps of the Old Bedford Hotel by a 112lb bomb dropped by a Gotha in one of London's first night air raids

Hotel Bedford, Southampton Row, WC1, London, United Kingdom


Deptford Friends' Meeting House stood here. Demolished 1807. Peter the Great Czar of Russia worshipped here 1697-8

146 Deptford High Street, SE8, London, United Kingdom


William Holt 1897-1977 weaver, author, artist, publisher, political activist, broadcaster, inventor, world traveller and humanist lived here from 1933 to 1973

, Todmorden, United Kingdom

Nina Bawden CBE 1925-2012 Writer and Campaigner for Railway Safety Lived here 1976-2012

22 Noel Road, Islington N1, London, United Kingdom

Texas Historical Marker #4988

Southern Pacific Depot of Hondo. The first rail line reached this area in 1881 and town lots were sold that year for Hondo City. The line was built by the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway. It connected with the Southern Pacific System building east from California. The railroad was vital to the early growth of Hondo, but rail traffic began to decline in the 1940s. The last passenger train, pulled by engine No. 6, left the Hondo Station on June 8, 1958. The Southern Pacific Depot was moved to the present location in 1970 from the original site, seventeen blocks east. 1980 #4988

?, Hondo, TX, United States

Castle Frank The country home of Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada 1791-1796, stood on these heights just south of this site 1794-1829. Named after Francis Gwillim Simcoe, son of Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Simcoe, who died in the year 1812, serving under the Duke of Wellington.

Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada


Café Procope fondé en 1686 Durant la Révolution il devint le café Zoppi et fut le théatre d'evenements historiques. Marat y venait en voisin et le Club des Cordeliers s'y réunissait. Les mots d'ordre de l'attaque des Tuileries des 20 Juin et 16 Aout 1792 partirent du Procope. Hebert y Fracassa le Marbre du Bureau de Voltaire dans une harangue enflamée et le bonnet phrygien y fut porté pour la premier fois.

English translation: Café Procope founded in 1686 During the Revolution he became the Zoppi coffee shop and was the theatre of historical events. Marat was there next door and the Club des Cordeliers was meeting there. The order of the attack on the Tuileries of 20 June and 16 August 1792 came from the Procope. Hebert y Fracassa the Marble of Voltaire's Office in a fiery harangue and the phrygian cap was worn there for the first time. [AWS Translate]

13 rue de l'Ancienne Comédie, Paris, France