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Robbie Williams blue plaque

Jez says,"The creation of this plaque caused questions over commemorating people who are still alive. The English Heritage rules are quite strict to prevent the 'cult of now', but should other groups follow suit?"

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Norwich 252 plaques

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.

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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.

  1. George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist & political essayist lived here (19526 page views)
  2. Jacob von Hogflume 1864-1909 Inventor of time travel. lived here in 2189 (15077 page views)
  3. George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist and political essayist lived here (6390 page views)
  4. Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970 guitarist and songwriter lived here 1968-1969 (5714 page views)
  5. 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)
  6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1891-1894 (3846 page views)
  7. Alan Turing 1912-1954 code breaker lived here from 1945-1947 (3679 page views)
  8. This building housed the offices of Charles Dickens' magazine 'All The Year Round' and his private apartments 1859-1870 (3339 page views)
  9. Dame Agatha Christie 1890-1976 detective novelist and playwright lived here 1934-1941 (3027 page views)
  10. 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)

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Guglielmo Marconi 1874-1937 the Father Of Wireless. From this site was transmitted Britain's first official radio broadcast by Dame Nellie Melba 15th June 1920

Marconi Building, New Street, Chelmsford, United Kingdom

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"Улица названа в 1994 году в честь выдающегося ученого-кораблестроителя доктора технических наук, профессора Никиты Борисовича Севастьянова".

English translation: “The street is named in 1994 after the outstanding scientist-shipbuilder Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Nikita Borisovich Sevastyanov.” [AWS Translate]

ул. Севастьянова, 33, Калининград, Russia

The Hospital for French Protestants and their Descendants Residing in Great Britain arose from a bequest made in 1708 by a Huguenot refugee, Jacques de Gastigny, Master of the King's Buckhounds at the court of King William and Queen Mary, and was granted a Royal charter by King George I in 1718. For more than two hundred and fifty years "La Providence", as poor Huguenot refugees and their families called it, provided shelter and care " for those among us who are in distress", first in the City of London and from 1865 in Hackney. Its present home, which was originally Theobald Square, was opened in 1959 after restoration and re-arrangement into flats housing elderly people of Huguenot descent, who require private accommodation but with help always at hand in sickness and emergency. Under a new charter granted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 the direction of "La Providence" remains in the hands of a Governor, Deputy Governor and Directors, who are honoured to maintain this "monument to the piety of their ancestors".

La Providence, High St, Rochester, United Kingdom

Texas Historical Marker #11831

Lawrence Farmstead. The son of an original member of the Mercer colony, Stephen Decatur Lawrence (1853-1934) received about 640 acres of farmland on his twenty-first birthday. He began building the first structure, a small home, on this site in 1874. In 1882 contractor Charley Florrer built a T-plan house about six feet east of the original structure. The new house was of clapboard construction with square nails. In 1886, a kitchen room was added, altering the building to a cruciform floor plan. The striking central tower is an example of the Victorian features of the home, which include the steeply pitched overhanging roof and prominent porches. Other structures were added to the farmstead, on which Stephen D. Lawrence and his first wife Louisa E. Porter (1861-1891) reared three surviving children. Charley Florrer built the barn in 1887; other structures erected just north of the main house included a smokehouse, a brick-lined root cellar, and the wash house. The Lawrence Farmstead complex is representative of the evolution of domestic buildings from the 1870s to the late twentieth century on the North Texas plains and blackland prairie. S. D. Lawrence married his second wife, Louisa Hill Walker (1867-1948), and they reared their eight children here. Members of the prominent Lawrence family lived on the land until 1995, when 13.7 acres including the family complex became a city historical park according to the wishes of one of Stephen and Louisa's daughters. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1998 #11831

701 E. Kearney, Mesquite, TX, United States

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Sir Halford John Mackinder, P.C. Geographer, administrator, author, explorer, politician, public servant. Born in this house 15th February, 1861

Elswitha Hall, Caskgate Street, Gainsborough, United Kingdom

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John Grundy. Writer and broadcaster. Passionate enthusiast for the history and architecture of the North East.

Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Mary Cassatt Peintre impressionniste American amie et collegue d'Edgar Degas habita cet immeuble de 1887 jusqu'a sa mort en 1926

English translation: Mary Cassatt Impressionist painter American friend and colleague of Edgar Degas lived in this building from 1887 until her death in 1926

10 rue de Marignan, Paris, France

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Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke 1843-1911 statesman and author lived here

76 Sloane Street, Kensington and Chelsea, SW1, London, United Kingdom

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The Cornhall. Built in 1858, in the Italianate style. Corn was sold here on market days, but it was used for social gatherings and entertainment at other times.

, Swaffham, United Kingdom

Fort Newhaven. Built to counter the threat of French invasion in the 1860s. The fort was restored in 1981 by The Fort Newhaven Ltd. in association with Lewes District Council and with the assistance of the East Sussex County Council and the Department of the Environment. Opened to the public for the first time in its history 7th April 1982 by General Sir Harry Tuzo GCB OBE MC

Newhaven Fort, Newhaven, United Kingdom

The Victoria Hall was officially opened on 1 January 1901 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign. The construction was partly funded by public subscription and the hall is now held on charitable trust by the Town Council on behalf of the people of Grange-over-sands. Originally situated on this site was Laurel House, owned by James Jopson.

Victoria Hall, Main Street, Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

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Ici vécut Joseph Sirois (1881-1941). Notaire et constitutionnaliste de renom, il s’inscrit dans une lignée familiale vouée au notariat. Pendant 150 ans, l’étude de notaire sise à cette adresse a vu défiler cinq générations de Sirois

English translation: Here lived Joseph Sirois (1881-1941). A renowned notary and constitutionalist, he is part of a family line devoted to notaries. For 150 years, the notary firm at this address saw five generations of Sirois [AWS Translate]

1A, rue Christie (La Cité-Limoilou), Quebec, QC, Canada