United Kingdom / Plymouth

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Francis Drake sailed from Plymouth on December 13, 1577, to begin the "Famous Voyage" during which he traversed the Strait of Magellan and discovered Drake passage south of Cape Horn. Drake then sailed the Golden Hinde north and in June 1579 landed in California, he took possession of that region for Queen Elizabeth naming it Nova Albion. He returned to Plymouth September 26, 1580, having circumnavigated the globe. Drake was knighted aboard the Golden Hinde at Deptford in the presence of Queen Elizabeth on April 4, 1581. This plaque was presented August, 1977, by the State of California Sir Francis Drake Commission in commemoration of the Quadricentennial of Drake's voyage around the world.

The Hoe, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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This tablet was erected in 1959 by the people of Bermuda to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the wreck on a Bermuda reef of Sea Venture; Captain Christopher Newport, flagship of Admiral Sir George Somers whose fleet sailed from Plymouth Sound on 2nd June 1609 to carry settlers and supplies to the infant colony at Jamestown in Virginia. On board Sea Venture were 150 persons including Sir Thomas Gates, Governor Designate of Virgina and all these were landed on the uninhabited island of Bermuda in ten months they built two vessels and sailed on to Jamestown. Sir George Somers having returned to Bermuda for more supplies died there on 9th november 1610 his heart was buried at St George's Bermuda and his body at Whitchurch, Dorset. His name was given to the Bermudas or Somers Islands, now Britain's oldest colony

West Pier, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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8th August 1914. Sir Ernest Shackleton, Polar Explorer, and his ship ‘Endurance’ sailed from Millbay Docks at the start of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17). Devon & Cornwall Polar Society

Millbay quayside near Soap Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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1815-2015 Napoleon, Emperor of the French, was detained on HMS Bellerophon in Plymouth Sound from 26 July to August 1815. Large crowds came to catch a glimpse of him. These two blocks of granite are from Dartmoor Prison, where thousands of French prisoners were held captive during the Napoleonic Wars. Embedded, is a volcanic stone from Longwood House in St Helena where Napoleon died on 5th May 1821.The stones stand here to celebrate 200 years of peace between the United Kingdom and France. May our heats be open to friendship and our arms reach across the sea to unite our two nations.

Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Dr Mabel Ramsay 1878-1954 Pioneering female doctor and surgeon. Suffragist and campaigner for women's and children's welfare. Founder of the Plymouth Soroptimist Club. Practised medicine here at 4 Wentworth Villas from 1908 to 1945. Her home until 1933.

4 Wentworth Villas, North Hill, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 practised medicine at No.1 Durnford Street. Unfortunately the relationship with his practice partner was an unhappy one and ended with Conan Doyle moving to Southsea. During his spare-time from his medical profession he became more involved in his writings. 'A Study of Scarlet' the first of 68 stories featuring Sherlock Holmes appeared in 1897. Conan Doyle's time in Devon undoubtedly inspired his later literary work 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles'. A Holmes cult arose and still flourishes today.

1 Durnford Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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From Plymouth Sound on June 14 1585 Sir Humphrey Gilbert, "the father of British Colonisation", set sail for Newfoundland and which he claimed for Queen Elizabeth I on 5th August.

, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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The site of 15 Catte Street, Plymouth Co-operative Society's first shop, opened in 1860.

Woolster Court, Palace Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Corporation Buildings, How St., Looe St., Vauxhall St. Built 1898-1901. Reopened by the Lord Mayor Councillor John Finnigan BEM 1991 after major refurbishment and consultation with the tenants.

15 How Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Farley's Rusks Baked in Plymouth c.1880 - 1990 First produced by Mrs Ann Farley at her bakery nearby, and then from these premises between 1887 and 1915

41 Bretonside , Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Samuel Phelps 1804-1878 born at 1, St. Aubyn Street, Phelps was orphaned at the age of 16. Trying his fortunes in London he became an acclaimed tragedian actor, later founding in 1844 the Saddlers Wells Theatre, London

Dockyard Wall, Park Avenue, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Charles Darwin At daybreak on 27-12-1831 H M Survey Ship Beagle. commanded by Captain R. Fitzroy RN departed its anchorage in Barn Pool, opposite this point. Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ resulted directly from experiences gained during this voyage to South America.

, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Wing Commander Frank Bickerton 1889 – 1954 Mechanical Engineer on Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914). Brought up at 9 Osborne Place – a house on this site Erected by his friends

Lockyer Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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John Collier 1769 - 1849 Merchant and Shipping Agent. Supporter of electoral reform. Elected MP for Plymouth after the 1832 Great Reform Act. Born, lived and worked in this house.

Southside Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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This plaque commemorates the 100th anniversary of the re-opening of Smeatons Eddystone Lighthouse on this site 24 September 1884.

Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth Hoe Promenade, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1858-1930 lodged here with Dr Budd, his medical partner

6 Elliot Terrace, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723-1792

Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Here reputedly lived Admiral Sir T. M. Hardy Bart. GCB born 1769 Captain of the Fleet at Trafalgar 1805 and witness to Nelson's immortal dying words aboard H.M.S. Victory 'Kiss Me Hardy' First Sea Lord 1830-1834 Governor Greenwich Hospital 1834 Died 1839

156 Durnford Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Sir Alan Hodgkin 1914-1998 Sir Andrew Huxley 1917-2012 Physiologists and Nobel Laureates who discovered how nerve cells transmit signals carried out research here

Marine Biological Association, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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The two guns situation either side of this plaque are restored ships' cannons from the 19th century. They may have seen action during the Crimean War (1863-1866) or during one of the many naval expeditions that Britain undertook during the 19th century. Cannon like these were classified by the weight of the round iron cannon balls that they fired: the cannon made in 1811 is a '24 pounder', the cannon made in 1819 is an '18 pounder'. Both are of Blomfield design and were made from cast iron at the Carron Foundry in Falkirk. For many years after their working life the barrels of these cannon were sunk into the quayside at Devonport Dockyard and used as bollards. The grooves caused by ships cables rubbing against them during that time are clearly visible. The gun carriages are replicas, manufactured from iron in the RN workshops ink the Fleet Maintenance Base, HMS Drake These guns were presented to Plymouth City Council by Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh KCB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff on 29 November 2001

Madeira Road, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Total Eclipse of the Sun Wednesday 11th August 1999

Madeira Road, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Plympton Castle. A Norman motte and bailey castle. Built before 1135 AD By the Earls of Devon to defend their Manor of Plympton

Plympton Castle, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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This stone marks the site of Hoe Grammar School 1867-1941, perpetuates the name of Alderman George Pearse Dymond J.P., M.A. principal & headmaster 1887-1939, and was unveiled on 11th June 1968, by his son, F. J. Dymond, B.Sc., A.R.I.C., on behalf of the Old Drakonians Association (former pupils). Fortiter et fideliter.

Lockyer Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Way of Saint James Saint James, one of the Apostles, was martyred in AD44. Legend has it that he spent a number of years preaching in Spain and was subsequently buried there. His supposed burial site was discovered in the early 9th century and became a focus of pilgrimage. Hundreds of thousands subsequently visited Santiago de Compostela. Many pilgrims sailed from England through Plymouth which was one of the only two ports licences for this journey. The pilgrims often wore a sign indicating their destination Those going to Siantago de Compostela wore a scallop shell, this eventually became a general symbol of pilgrimage

The Barbican, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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This tablet is erected to the memory of John Smeaton FRS The distinguished civil engineer who was born in 1724 and died in 1792 at Austhorpe Lodge, Leeds, in the County of York. He designed this lighthouse and erected it on Eddystone Rock 1756 to 1759 Presented by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Alderman Percival T Leigh J.P. 1936

Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth Hoe Promenade, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Lawrence of Arabia 1888-1935 on his return from India in 1929, T. E. Lawrence under the assumed name of Shaw was posted to a flying boat squadron at RAF Mount Batten. He remained in the marine craft section until his discharge in february 1935.

St. Johns Road, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Eddystone Light. This bronze commemorates the centenary of the rekindling of the Eddystone Light on 18-5-1882 on completion of the tower built by James Douglass. It also marks the commissioning on 28-7-1982 of an unmanned light in that tower standing 14 miles seaward of this place on the notorius Eddystone Reef. In salutem omnium.

Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth Hoe Promenade, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Pilgrims Point - The Mayflower steps. The Mayflower made its first landfall at what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts on the 11th November 1520 after 66 days at sea. There the Mayflower compact, the first democratic document written in America, was composed and signed. "And upon the 11th of November we came to an anchor in the bay, which is a good Harbor and a pleasant bay, a harbor where in a thousand sail of ships may safely ride" From Mourts Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. Presented May 19 2000 by the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum and the town of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Pilgrims Point, West Pier, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Captain F. J. Walker 1896-1944 renowned Royal Navy Commander during the 'Battle of the Atlantic' Second World War. Born at Hoe Gardens

Hoegate Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Here formerly stood the Hoe Gate of the early 15th century walled town of Plymouth rebuilt 1657 sold 1695 removed 1863

Hoegate Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Lt. J. R. M. Chard VC Royal Engineers 21.12.1847 - 1.11.1897 This plaque commemorates the birthplace of Lt. Chard. The hero of the defence of Rorke's Drift by 104 men against the onslaught of 4000 Zulu warriors on the 22nd January 1879

Kitto Sports Centre, Honicknowle Lane, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Alexander Selkirk 1676-1721 Marooned on Juan Fernandez Island in 1704. His story became the basis of Daniel Defoe's book "Robinson Crusoe". Stayed in Oreston from October 1720, marrying Frances Candish on 12th December. He departed aboard H.M.S. Weymouth on 20th December 1720.

Minards House, Marine Road, Oreston, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Sir Francis Drake in the year of the Spanish Armada owned a house and ground upon this site, and probably here resided.

Peacock Lane, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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William Friese-Greene 1855-1921 Early pioneer of cinematography opened a photographic shop and studio on this site in 1880. Although now recognised as the 'father of film' he died in poverty.

30 Union Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Stanley Gibbons On this site, formerly stood No. 8 Lockyer Street, from 1872 home and business premises of Stanley Gibbons, philatelist, born Plymouth 1840

Lockyer Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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This early 15th Century building formed part of the Monastery of the Dominicans or "Black Friars"

Southside Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Island House Reputed to be one of the houses where a group of English Puritans, since known as the Pilgrim Fathers, were entertained ashore prior to their final departure for America on the 6th September 1620 in the Mayflower.

The Barbican, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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This tablet was erected by the Plymouth Borough Council to commemorate the arrival on the 31st day of May 1919 of the American Seaplane N.C.4 in Plymouth Sound on the completion of the first transatlantic flight and the reception by the Mayor of Plymouth of the commander, pilots and crew on their landing at The Barbican

The Barbican, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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The Tolpuddle Martyrs This plaque, placed here by members of the various Trades Unions affiliated to the Plymouth and District Trades Council commemorates the landing near this spot on 18th March 1838 of James Loveless, James Brine, Thomas and John Standfield (4 of the 6 Dorset farm workers after exile in Australia) Freedom and Justice was their Cause

The Barbican, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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On the 6th of September, 1620, in the Mayoralty of Thomas Fownes, after being "kindly entertained and courteously used by divers Friends there dwelling", the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from Plymouth in the Mayflower, in the Providence of God to settle in New Plymouth, and to lay the foundation of the New England States. The ancient Cawsey whence they embarked was destroyed not many Years afterwards but the Site of their Embarkation is marked by the Stone bearing the name of the Mayflower in the pavement of the adjacent Pier. This tablet was erected in the Mayoralty of J. T. Bond, 1891, to commemorate their Departure, and the visit to Plymouth in July of that Year of number of their Descendants and Representatives.

The Barbican, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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'Old' Custom House 16th Century In 1586 "much work was done on the Custom House on the New Quay". The New Quay was in-filled and became part of The Parade. Survived demolition in 1926 and bomb damage in 1941. The Custom House of 1820 stands opposite.

Parade, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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This tablet commemorates the departure from Plymouth in May 1839 of the 'Tory', the pioneer ship in the colonisation of New Zealand

The Barbican, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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The name "Briton Side" commemorates the invasion of Plymouth on St. Lawrence Day, 1403, under the Sieur du Chastel. Six hundred houses were burnt in this vicinity, but the townsmen finally repulsed the invaders with great loss.

Breton Side, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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St Dunstans Abbey School. These buildings were designed in 1850 by William Butterfield architect 1814-1900 a leading exponent of gothic-revival architecture

North Road West, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Samuel Prideaux Tregelles LLB biblical scholar 1813 to 1875 lived in this house 1846 to 1875

Library building, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Scott of the Antarctic. On this site formerly stood 'Outlands' birthplace of Robert Falcon Scott. Born 6th June 1868. Scott died on his return from the South Pole which he reached on 17th January 1912

Scott Road, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Royal William Victualling Yard commissioned to be built in 1824 in the reign of King George IV with the sole purpose of supplying victuals to His Majesty's Navy. Completed in the reign of King William IV from whom the yard took its name on 3rd December 1833. Architects: Sir John Rennie and Mr Philip Richards.

Cremyll Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Royal Naval Hospital constructed between 1758 & 1762. The design which incorporated eleven separate ward blocks connected by a colonnade around a central square was far in advance of its time and was widely regarded as the finest in Europe. Architect Alexander Rovehead.

Clarence Place, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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This 15th centy building commonly known as "The Abbey" was originally designed and used as the "Prysten" or Priests House pertaining to St Andrew's Church.

Between Prysten House and St. Andrew's church, Finewell Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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This, the eastern part of the South Port, is the last remnant of the castle "quadrant" of Plymouth

On cottage remains at Lambhay Hill, Plymouth, United Kingdom