Picks

These are our all-time favourite plaques. The weird and the wonderful, the odd and the personal. The Open Plaques server rotates these 'picks' on the home page as 'Plaque of the day'. If you have a favourite then please suggest it to us with a reason why.
Photo of Sherlock Holmes blue plaque
Steve Daniels on Geograph

"I'm a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and 221b Baker Street is one of the best-known addresses in literature"

myf

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Photo of Louis Blériot white plaque
Colin Smith on Geograph

"I particular like this plaque because if you look at the satellite view you'll see that the area is laid out in the shape of a plane."

Jez

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Photo of Peter Cook green plaque
kenjonbro on Flickr

"I like this one because it has an unusual role on it. When I do a presentation about openplaques there is a slide showing lots of roles, and people always notice 'only twin'."

Jez

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Photo of Lee Miller blue plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr

"This plaque was a real surprise find. Driving through the outskirts of the small, sleepy village of Chiddingly, this plaque, positioned high on a beautiful old cottage, caught my eye. Village plaques are rare, and octagonal ones even rarer."

Simon

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Photo of James Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes brown plaque
Ivan Čukić on Flickr

"The famous Reichenbach Falls where Sherlock Holmes meets his death! or does he??!"

Jez

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Photo of Dan, George Robertson Sinclair, and Edward Elgar blue plaque
Colin Cheesman on Geograph

"This plaque is insane. It explains how Variation No.11 of Sir Edward Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma) is about an incident Dan The Bulldog falling into the River Wye"

Jez

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Photo of William "Mole Man" Lyttle blue plaque
Matt From London on Flickr

"There is a great back story about William "Mole Man" Lyttle who lived as a recluse, digging tunnels under his house in Hackney. Independent ad agency Karmarama felt honour-bound to put a plaque up to tell the world."

Jez

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"This has to be one of _the_ best inscriptions ever. It is also quite a difficult plaque to get a photo of."

Jez

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"Nice to know that Julius Caesar went on his hols to the beach at Walmer"

Jez

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Photo of Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse blue plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons

"Celebrated film star stays in Hastings shocker!"

Jez

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Photo of John Lennon and Julia Lennon black plaque
TonyMo22 on Flickr

"This one-off plaque commemorates the birthplace of John Lennon. It is unusual because it has an image (of his bespectacled eyes) on it."

Jez

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Photo of Sex Pistols blue plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr

"I like this because punk's not dead"

Jez

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Photo of Bing Crosby brass plaque
Stuart Walsh on Wikimedia Commons

"This plaque has so far eluded me photographing it because it is inside the Brighton Centre. With it, I would nearly have the set of Brighton and Hove."

Jez

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"This place is only open to the public two days a year, and there's a radiation danger!"

Jez

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Photo of The Goldstone, William Marsh Rigden, and William Hollamby black plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

"Brighton and Hove Albion's Goldstone Ground used to be right opposite this plaque. We never realised until now that there was an actual 'Goldstone'."

Jez

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Photo of Pandora Gallery film cell plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

"The Pandora Gallery plaque is one that I must have walked past a hundred times and never seen. It is on Brighton seafront and has been battered by the sea winds until you can hardly see the writing. "

Jez

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Photo of Albert Einstein blue plaque
sleepymyf on Flickr

"I like this one because it's so unexpected - such a great scientist, in a hut, in the middle of Norfolk!"

myf

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Photo of Nipper and Mark Barraud blue plaque
sgwarnog2010 on Flickr

"Nipper was the first non-human on our system and caused a bit of a problem for our data modelling."

Jez

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Photo of Mucky Lane blue plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

"Where there's muck there's brass. We spotted this as we drove past."

Jez

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Photo of George Orwell white plaque
ceridwen on Wikimedia Commons

"This plaque is unusual in that it shows the face of the man himself in relief"

myf

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Photo of Blue plaque № 12673
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

"Not all plaques are historically exciting"

Jez

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Photo of Dylan Thomas blue plaque
anterotesis on Flickr

"Dylan Thomas was a great Welsh poet, whose works are still popular today"

myf

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Photo of John Hampton green plaque
sleepymyf on Flickr

"The first descent by parachute was a somewhat sturdy affair including whalebone ribs."

Jez

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Photo of Metropolitan Railway bronze plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr

"At Baker Street Station, the world's first underground passenger railway. It was opened for public traffic by the Metropolitan Railway Company on 10 January 1863"

Deirdre

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Photo of John Bastard and William Bastard blue plaque
Clive Walker on Flickr

"Hmmm, a plaque for the "Bastards' House"...it isn't as bad as you think"

Jez

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Photo of Muhammad Ali blue plaque
Leo Reynolds on Flickr

"Sometimes plaques are put up to commemorate the oddest things! Sadly this one is no longer on display."

myf

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Photo of Jacqui Smith blue plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

"The 'Don't Panic' political group raised a few eyebrows with this stunt. Jacqui Smith had got into trouble over MP's expense claims"

Jez

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Photo of Gary Cooper blue plaque
Gwynhafyr on Flickr

"Gary Cooper, gunslinging film star...went to school in Dunstable"

Jez

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"It has a nice way to remember stuff"

Jez

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Photo of Nigel Thomas Irwin Wiskar blue plaque
sleepymyf on Flickr

"Another humourous plaque, that gives us a role of "drunken buffoon"."

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Photo of Victor Meldrew red plaque
graham19492000 on Flickr

"In the words of the famous Victor "I don't believe it!""

Jez

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Photo of Seel Street bronze plaque
TonyMo22 on Flickr

"they wear their badge with pride (probably)"

Jez

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Photo of Bram Stoker black plaque
Sinjy and Sadie on Flickr

"The windswept views of Whitby bay inspired Bram Stoker, now you can sit in the same spot!"

Jez

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Photo of British fried chip blue plaque
D. McClure on Wikimedia Commons

"It seems that fish and chips was invented in Oldham"

Jez

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"Really so sad that Rik Mayall died so suddenly. Great to see this spoof plaque go up so quickly. Now all we need is someone in Hammersmith to get us the photo!"

Jez

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Photo of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte blue plaque
nick.harrisonfli on Flickr

"This is a very early Royal Society of Arts plaque. Just thought that i'd mention our sponsor."

Open Plaques

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Photo of Josiah Wedgwood blue plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr

"This plaque in Soho's Greek Street is designed and coloured like Wedgwood ceramics; a favourite of my Mother's when growing up."

Simon

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Photo of Max Miller blue plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

"I like this plaque because it is just a painted plate really."

Jez

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Photo of David Bowie black plaque
Jnicho02 on Wikimedia Commons

"The plaque to Ziggy was originally proposed to English Heritage as he has been 'dead' for over 20 years. This is the spot where the iconic cover shot was taken. Unveiled by Gary Kemp"

David Bowie (probably)

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Photo of George Orwell blue plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr

"This George Orwell plaque always causes a stir as a picture shows a CCTV camera in front of it. Click on the photo to the left to see the true image"

Jez

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Photo of Harold Ross, Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, and George Gershwin red plaque
519BAC on Flickr

"It's not often a plaque contains an epigram from the person it commemorates, but this one does exactly that and tells us he partied at least once with a bohemian set, including George Gershwin, Dorothy Parker and Harpo Marx. Founder and first editor of the New Yorker, Harold Ross was - like most journalists - fond of name-dropping, so his plaque is quite in keeping with that tradition."

Simon

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Photo of The Treatment Rooms blue plaque
Thomas Nugent on Geograph

"This plaque is a fabulous mosaic by the artist Carrie Reichardt"

Jez

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Photo of Rude Duck bronze plaque
Simply Jan on Flickr

"With a title like "Duck Snub Outrage", who could fail to like this plaque?"

Jez

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Photo of Blue plaque № 6330
sleepymyf on Flickr

""At one strange birth this cow cast forth eight calves in human shape""

Jez

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Photo of Castle Bowling Green grey plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr

"I love the fact that Lewes used to have a tilting ground, ie a place where jousting took place."

Jez

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Photo of Tony Hancock bronze plaque
ell brown on Flickr

"He influenced British comedy for decades after his death"

myf

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Photo of Victoria Hughes blue plaque
crunchcandy on Flickr

"well, it's definitely a niche role..."

Jez

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"It is a rarity for a video game character to be commemorated, but Lara spawned a huge franchise from Derby"

Jez

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Photo of Fox's Glacier Mints blue plaque
Fiery Fred on Flickr

"I always liked Fox's Glacier Mints when I was a kid. I also like the picture on the plaque"

Jez

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Photo of Iulia Haşdeu bronze plaque
Monceau on Flickr

"This attractive plaque led my to read about a fleeting life that was clearly insipiring"

Jez

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Photo of Tuaca brown plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr

"When I worked for a games company in Brighton, Tuaca was our drink of choice"

Jez

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Photo of Bristol Riots blue plaque
Libby on Flickr

"Another home-made plaque. This time marking some rioting in Bristol over a Tesco store opening"

Jez

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Photo of Alexander Fleming maroon plaque
Glyn Baker on Geograph

"This plaque is great because it is fairly high up on the building and indicates the exact room that Alexander Fleming worked in"

Jez

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Photo of George W. Bush blue plaque
Bob Embleton on Geograph

"This plaque has a subtle sense of humour"

Jez

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Mario Lanza Ghostwriter haunts here

"The mysterious AJW draws the same cartoon image of Mario Lanza on beermats and always includes a fact or a quote. This has been going on for over 50 years."

Jez

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Photo of Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange film cell plaque
chairman2121 on Flickr

"Great to see Alex's old domy celebrated"

Jez

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Photo of Terence MacSwiney blue plaque
OpenPlaques on Flickr

"This slightly seditious plaque appeared in Brixton. Nice use of grafitti."

Jez

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Photo of Black plaque № 9743
fables98 on Flickr

""Bob" sounds like quite a character!"

myf

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Photo of Robert Greville stone plaque
ell brown on Flickr

"During the Civil War, Robert Greville, 2nd Baron Brooke commanded Parliament forces in Warwickshire and Staffordshire. Many consider Greville to be the first victim of sniper fire."

Jez

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Photo of Multicoloured plaque № 8817
gnomonic on Flickr

"this highly detailed plaque gives you the story behind the person commemorated"

Gnomonic

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Photo of Hindoostane Coffee House and Sake Dean Mahomed green plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr

"London's first Indian restaurant in 1810"

Jez

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Photo of Adrian Parmenter blue plaque
sleepymyf on Flickr

"Poor Adrian, he died of rabies contracted from the bite of a mad fox"

Jez

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Photo of Florence Nightingale blue plaque
nick.harrisonfli on Flickr

"I like this because someone has very carefully bent a pipe so that it goes round the plaque"

Jez

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Photo of Robbie Williams blue plaque
519BAC on Flickr

"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?"

Jez

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"This is a fabulous plaque! Who could resist 'Barking Lord Scruff'?"

Jez

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Photo of Patrick Joseph McGoohan and The Prisoner green plaque
roderick smith on Flickr

"A nice looking plaque down in Portmeirion where The Prisoner was filmed"

Number One

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Photo of Royal Naval Hospital, Simon's Town blue plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr

"On a holiday-of-a-lifetime in South Africa, driving through Simon's Town (being named Simon myself, this was pleasing enough) I noticed this plaque, commemorating major influences in the history of the town. "

Simon

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Photo of David Bowie gold plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

"Who would have thought that David Bowie started his career in Beckenham"

Jez

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"Made by Leander Architecture, this plaque is the first to include a QR code which when scanned by a mobile phone will take you to a Norman Wisdom web"

Jez

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"An anonymous protestor created this"

Jez

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Photo of Boris stone plaque
marvinbarretto on Flickr

"This is cute. Research is needed to say who "Boris the cat" was..."

Jez

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Photo of Edith Margaret Garrud green plaque
OpenPlaques on Flickr

"We have a great picture to go with the plaque unveiling. All the female descendants of Edith Garrud were there."

Jez

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Photo of Thomas Crapper blue plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

"I find it hard to keep from doing a Beavis and Butt-Head snigger whenever I see this one"

Jez

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Photo of Julius Jacob von Haynau and Barclay, Perkins & Co. black plaque
anterotesis on Flickr

"This a rare plaque as it features a picture, in this case the two draymen flogging General Haynau"

Jez

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Photo of Ernest Boulton and Frederick Park blue plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons

"A unique plaque to Victorian cross-dressers"

Jez

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Photo of The Murderers, Norwich, Mildred Miles, and Frank Miles blue plaque
sleepymyf on Flickr

"Ooo! A murder!"

Jez

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"Before Twitter and text messaging there were telegrams! The first wireless transatlantic one was sent from this spot in Cape Cod to England on 18th Jan 1903, addressed to Edward VII King of England from Theodore Roosevelt President of the United States of America. Wireless traffic between the two countries is somewhat busier these days."

Deirdre

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"This plaque has an interesting design, undertaken by Danny Osborne, well known for his internationally acclaimed sculpture of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square in Dublin. The spiral symbol on the plaques was selected for its universal and elegant form in science and engineering."

Jez

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Photo of Thomas Britton green plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons

"it was a little bit snobby to call him 'the musical coalman'"

Jez

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Photo of Blue plaque № 8249
ell brown on Flickr

"We always like a plaque with a picture on it. Looks like Worcester Police had helmets with a spike on top"

Jez

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Photo of Alfred Douglas blue plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

"This is the plaque that started Open Plaques. I was reading an article about walking across the Uk latitude 50 and how he couldn't find this one in Hove...it piqued my interest, and now look where we are!"

Jez

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Photo of Lionel Logue green plaque
sleepymyf on Flickr

"I saw this displayed on the front page of Open Plaques as a random plaque and thought that it deserved highlighting. Lionel Logue was of course played by Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech in 2010"

Jez

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Photo of Peter Kropotkin blue plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons

"It's great when plaques turn up off the beaten path in London, like this one in Bromley, South East London for Peter Kropotkin, born in 1842. Kropotkin was a Russian zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, economist, geographer, author and one of the world's foremost anarcho-communists. He moved to Bromley after being expelled from Switzerland and narrowly escaping prison in France. "

Deirdre

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Photo of Eccles Cake and James Birch blue plaque
nick.harrisonfli on Flickr

"I guess it is dead famous in Eccles anyway"

Jez

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Photo of Thomas O'Mahony black plaque
OpenPlaques on Flickr

"Not all plaques are for world famous people, but if someone has gone to the effort and cost of erecting a plaque then that is good enough for us. I hope that i'm not maligning 'Spider' by imagining that his 'hours of leisure' were mostly of the tramp-like variety."

Jez

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Photo of Luke Howard blue plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons

"'London photo: my favourite blue plaque (so far)' says http://www.flickfilosopher.com/2015/07/london-photo-my-favorite-blue-plaque-so-far.html"

flickfilosopher

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"Lofthus Signs stepped in after the Carron Fish Bar was told by the local council to remove their 'ugly' banner. They've produced this lovely blue plaque in conjunction with Northsound."

Scotland

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Photo of Nancy Perriam blue plaque
g0akh on Flickr

"Nancy Perriam had an amazing life! She served as a powder monkey (loading the guns) in Admiral Nelson's fleet at the battles of L'Orient, Cape St. Vincent and the Nile."

Jez

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Photo of Banoffi Pie blue plaque
amandabhslater on Flickr

"mmmmm.....tasty"

Jez

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Photo of Soot stone plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

"Although we don't usually accept gravestones, we can sometimes turn a blind eye to the unusual ones. Pet gravestones are more likely to be where the animal lived rather than a graveyard."

Jez

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Photo of Lindisfarne and Alan Hull black plaque
sgwarnog2010 on Flickr

"Alan Hull..."The Fog on the Tyne was all his""

Jez

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"This is terribly sad when you look into the story. Arthur Sullivan received a Victoria Cross for extreme gallantry in rescuing four members of his platoon in Russia in 1919. In 1937 he was attending the coronation of King George VI when he slipped and hit his head on the kerb. The blow was fatal."

Jez

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Photo of Anna Freud blue plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons

"Born in 1895 Anna followed in her father Sigmund Freud's footsteps, adding to the newly born field of psychoanalysis. Alongside Melanie Klein, she is considered the founder of psychoanalytic child psychology. The house this plaque is on is now a museum featuring among its objects Freud's famous couch. http://www.freud.org.uk/"

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Photo of John Dryden black plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr

"A record of a foul deed! The Earl of Rochester must have had it in for Dryden. I wonder what he had done?!"

Jez

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Photo of Octavia Hill blue plaque
Stephen Craven on Geograph

"This was my first photo to be shown on Open Plaques. Am chuffed to help a great resource. It's just around the corner from my work in Southwark and is an incredibly tranquil spot devised by the great Victorian reformer Octavia Hill as an open space for the urban working class. It is as valued now by the local community as I'm sure it was then. - Oliver Chapman"

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Photo of Nancy Astor blue plaque
nick.harrisonfli on Flickr

"On 1st December 1919, Nancy Astor became the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons, Westminster. She was led into the House by Arthur Balfour and Lloyd-George, both of whom had said that they would rather have a rattlesnake in the House than her. But the first woman ever elected to Parliament was Constance Markievicz in December 1918, who didn't take up her seat (for Dublin, St Patrick's constituency) and was also in Holloway Prison at the time for her anti-conscription activities."

Deidre

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"I spied this plaque in the background whilst watching TV and had to log on and add it. Still awaiting an Elvis fan's photo though."

Jez

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Photo of George Villiers and John Felton brown plaque
atrebatus on Flickr

"The Duke of Buckingham was hugely unpopular having been defeated in battle by the French. Attempts to officially try hi for incompetence had failed. So, John Fenton, a lieutenant in the English army, took matters into his own hands."

Jez

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"I thought this was a spoof the first time I saw it. Then I read more..."

Jez

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Photo of Dire Straits black plaque
519BAC on Flickr

"A block of flats in Deptford was the salubrious settiing for Dire Straits first gig"

Jez

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