Open Plaques

Organisation - Birmingham Civic Society

The Society erected its first Blue Plaque in 1953. Prior to this the Corporation of Birmingham had erected them sporadically. After 1953 the Society took over sole responsibility for raising plaques to former eminent citizens. The current strategy is to erect two plaques each year.

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Kate Elizabeth Bunce (1856-1927) Prominent Birmingham artist of the Arts & Crafts Movement who, with her sister, Myra, created a fine reredos for a chapel in this church.

St Alban's Church, Conybere Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Ernest Henry Wilson, 1876-1930, gardener, botanist and plant-hunter, trained here 1893-1897

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Joseph Lucas 1834-1902 Lamp and oil dealer The founder of Lucas Industries Born in Carver Street Traded from here

Bakkavour, 86 Carver Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sarehole Mill site of water mill since 1542. Used by Matthew Boulton in mid 18th Century rebuilt 1768 inspired J. R. R. Tolkien 1896-1900

Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Rd, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Matthew Boulton 1766-1809 lived here

Soho House, Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Thomas Attwood 1783-1856 political reformer lived in a house on this site

Crescent Tower, Brindley Walk, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Edward White Benson Archbishop of Canterbury 1883 - 1896 was born in a house on this site

Benson House - 98-104 Lombard Street, Highgate, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham City Council - For the building of the International Convention Centre, Symphony Hall, The National Indoor Arena and Centenary Square

Lord Mayor's Parlour, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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John Baskerville 1706-1775 printer, publisher and founder of the Baskerville Press lived in a house formerly standing on this site

Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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George Boddington lived here 1825-1843

Flats on the corner of Gravelly Hill and Hillaries Rd., Erdington, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Joseph Chamberlain [full inscription unknown]

Highbury Hall, Yew Tree Road, Moseley, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1878-1881

T Startin Ltd, Aston Road North, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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David Cox Landscape painter 1783-1859 lived here at Greenfield House 1841-1859

116 Greenfield Road, Harborne, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Dr R. W. Dale 1829-1895 minister of Carrs Lane Church (1854-1895) theologian and preacher of the civic gospel

Carrs Lane Church, Carrs Lane, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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W. H. Auden poet lived in an adjacent house 1919-1939

, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The Birmingham Blue Coat School stood on the site of this building from 1724 to 1930: since removed to Edgbaston

5 St Philips Place (former Prudential Assurance building), Birmingham, United Kingdom

Sir Rowland Hill [full inscription unknown]

146 Hagley Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Major Dr. John Hall-Edwards 1858-1926 pioneer radiologist worked here

Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, United Kingdom

John Jaffray 1818-1901 Reformer, Philanthopist and founder of the Jaffray Hospital. Lived here from 1862

Consultancy Suite, Priory Hospital, Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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In 1865 the game of Lawn Tennis was originated and played here by Major T. H. Gem solicitor and sportsman and J. B. A. Perera merchant

8 Ampton Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Here stood the original Birmingham General Hospital from 1779 to 1897

Centro House, Summer Lane, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham Dental Hospital [full inscription unknown]

Reception Area, The Dental Hospital, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Oscar Deutsch 1893-1941 opened the first of the chain of the Odeon Cinemas here

Banqueting Palace, 271 Birchfield Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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John Freeth the Birmingham Poet of Bell Street 1731-1808

East Mall - Bullring (to the right of the Horatio Nelson statue), Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The American essayist Washington Irving, 1783-1859 lived in a house on this site 1819-1824

Forward Trust Building, Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Dr. Frederick W. Lanchester Scientist, inventor & engineer Lived here from 1924 to 1946

128 Oxford Road, Moseley, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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George H. Lanchester Vehicle designer & engineer Lived here from 1911 to 1932

30 Dyott Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Most of Britain's Spitfires were made here, 1939 - 1945.

Jaguar Car Company, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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J. R. R. Tolkien 1892-1973 lived near here 1902-1910

Teleperformance House, Hagley Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Norton Motor Cycle Company [full inscription unknown]

Bracebridge Street, Aston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Field-marshal William SlimViscount Slim of Burma Freeman of the City 1947 Lived here

144 Poplar Avenue, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Joseph Southall 1861 - 1944 Artist and Craftsman Lived here from 1882

13 Charlotte Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The Queen's Hospital (1841 - 1941) and the Birmingham Accident Hospital (1941 - 1993) occupied these buildings

Bath Row, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Sir Oliver Lodge Here stood Marimont the home of Sir Oliver Lodge 1901 - 1920

student Hostels, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Will Thorne, founder of the National Union of General and Municipal Workers

Lucas Industries, Great King Street, Hockley, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Aston University founded as the Municipal Technical School on 16 September 1895

Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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On this site stood the Theatre Royal 1774-1956

1st floor, The Charters Building, New Street, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Alexander Parkes 1813-1890 Inventor of the first plastic, worked on this site for Elkington, Mason & Company, electroplaters, circa 1840-1850

Old Elkington Works, 144 Newhall Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Josiah Mason 1795 - 1881

Central Library, Congreve Passage, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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On this site in the former New Meeting House Joseph Priestley LLD FRS scholar, scientist, theologian and discoverer of oxygen ministered to his congregation from 1870 to 1791

St Michael's Catholic Church, New Meeting Street (off Moor Street Queensway), Birmingham, United Kingdom
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John Henry Cardinal Newman 1801-1890 founder of the English Oratory lived here from 1852 to 1890

Oratory Church, Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Edward Richard Taylor, 1838-1912 art teacher and William Howson Taylor, 1876-1935 potter, lived here

26 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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J. R. R. Tolkien author 1892-1973 lived here 1910-1911

Highfield Day Nursery and Preschool - 3-4 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Michael Balcon 1896-1977 Film maker and creator of the character PC George Dixon (of Dock Green) Student at this School 1907-1912

George Dixon School, City Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Warwickshire County Cricket Club [full inscription unknown]

Members Stand, at the County Cricket Ground, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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William Withering MD FRS 1741-1799 physician and botanist lived here

Edgbaston Golf Club, Church Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Francis William Aston 1877-1945 Winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1922. Lived both here and at Tennal House, opposite 1877-1910

91 Tennal Road, Harborne, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Sir Rowland Hill KGB 1795 - 1879 Postal Reformer resided near here in Gough Street

The Mailbox, Severn Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sid Field 1904-1950 Famous Comedian Lived here

152 Osborn Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Granville Bantock 1868-1946 composer, lived here 1926-1933

Metchley Abbey, Metchley Rd, Harborne, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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