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Pádraic Colum 1881 - 1972 Poet and Dramatist Lived here 1957 - 1969

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by Dublin and East Tourism

Language English
Colour brown
Location 11 Edenvale Road, Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland
Subjects None identified yet
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John Robert Godley Founder of Province of Canterbury N. Z. Born at this site in 1814

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by Dublin Tourism

Language English
Colour brown
Location Now Holles St Hospital, Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland
Subjects None identified yet
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Birthplace of Sir John T Gilbert 1829 - 1898 Historian of the City of Dublin

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by Dublin Corporation Public Libraries

Language English
Colour brown
Location 23 Jervis St, Dublin, Ireland
Subjects None identified yet
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Patrick Kavanagh 1904 - 1967 Poet Erected in 2004 to commemorate the centenary of his birth and his long association with Parson's bookshop Baggot St Bridge

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by The Monaghan Association Dublin

Language English
Colour brown
Location Baggot St Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
Subjects None identified yet
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This is one of the very few surviving three-storey jettied buildings of Coventry. It dates from 1500 and was formerly at 8-10 Much Park Street next to the present 9 Spon Street. It's semi-detached plan is also notable. As a medieval city centre building it is larger and richer than the indigenous Spon Street buildings. It had a parallel hall range at the rear of two-storey height of which one bay, with a hearth in the middle of the floor. Was open on the roof while the other had an upper floor. The range was too fragile to restore but number 9 has exactly the same range. In the front range the fire-place (FP) were of a later period and were not preserved. The spiral stairs (slightly altered). The carved lintel above this plaque was and in the cellar which was earlier in date than the buildings. The building was dismantled and restored between 1970 and 1974 by the City Corporation with the aid of gifts.

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by Coventry City Council

Language English
Colour wood
Location Frank Harvey - 163-164 Spon Street, Coventry, United Kingdom
Subject 163-164 Spon Street (built in 1500)
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Dal 1861 to 1911 in questa casa avita nobilmente visse Alberto Rondani folia e letterato tapi ai migliori del tempo suo

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by Comune di Parma

Language Italian
Colour marble
Location Piazzale Alberto Rondani, Parma, Italy
Subject Alberto Rondani (1846 – 1911)
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This building previously 142-3 on the north side of Spon Street beyond the Ringway, was built about 1700. It had a rear range of two gables of which one had been rebuilt. The original staircases had gone, as also ahd most of the front wall-frame. The building illustrates the end of the timber-frame tradition in Coventry and the transition to brick. Dismantling commenced in February 1971 and re-erection was completed in March 1975 by the Coventry City Council with the aid of gifts.

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by Coventry City Council

Language English
Colour wood
Location 16 Spon Street, Coventry, United Kingdom
Subject 16 Spon Street (built in 1700)
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This building dating from the 15th century, was formerly 7 Much Park Street. It was dismantled and reconstructed in its original form in 1970-71. The front range, built over a stone vaulted cellar, had a ground floor workshop and upper floor solar, the original stair position is still evident in the trimmed joists. A passage led to the hall and other buildings at the rear. One hall bay was open to the roof and the vestiges of a smoke outlet may still be seen. The original hearth has been preserved in its correct position and level beneath the present floor. The project was carried out by the City Corporation with aid of gifts of materials

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by Coventry City Council

Language English
Colour wood
Location Aspell Jewellers, 9 Spon Street, Coventry, United Kingdom
Subject 9 Spon Street
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1888-1935 This plaque commemorates the old Municipal Technical College, which was gifted to the city by Mr. David Spencer. From 1919-1935 the building housed the Junior Technical School, requested by local industry and commerce to provide training for 13 to 15 year old boys intending apprenticeships in engineering. The main building was blitzed in 1940 and the annexe, which stood on this site, was demolished in 1979.

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by J.T.S. [Earl Street] Old Boys Association

Language English
Colour green
Location Little Park Street, Coventry, United Kingdom
Subject Coventry Municipal Technical College (1888 – 1935)
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The Architect's Vision Gibson and Coventry were seen to be pioneers in urban planning as the radically different face of their city centre took shape. 'One of the finest shopping centres in the world' The shopping precinct in Coventry has been recognised as a model for a number of similar centres throughout the world. It was the world's first large scale pedestrianised shopping area. The Planning By the end of the 1930s Coventry had outgrown it's city centre. The population had become far greater than that with which it's still largely medieval central area and road system could cope. It soon became clear that the only adequate answer would be an extensive reconstruction but there was neither the legislation nor the finance available to make this a practical proposition. In 1938, 29 year old Donald Gibson was appointed City Architect. Gibson was the first architect Coventry had ever had. He was filled with a drive and enthusiasm to experiment and also a care for the way people should live. He was surrounded by a small dedicated team and his grand scheme started to take shape for the redesign of the congested city centre. He believed there was a need to get away from the idea that motor traffic and pedestrians must mix together in a shopping street. Gibson said that pedestrians could move about freely and safely in precincts or arcades. If it had not been for the terrible blitz by the Luftwaffe he may never have had the opportunity to make his ideas a reality. However with large areas levelled by the bombing he had the chance to start with a relatively clean sheet. The Precinct The central theme of his plan was a precinct of shops to which there would be motor access to the rear for service vehicles. The idea was to bring back the comfortable and more spacious days when wondering from shop to shop was not done at the mercy of vehicles. Coventry's pedestrian precinct was designed to be aligned with the cathedral spire of St. Michael's. The use of a spire as an architectural vista was later copied by both Hanover and Japan. Two storey shops were developed in order to get more shops into a smaller walking distance. This tier system was based on Chester's Rows. The precinct was largely completed by the end of 1955. "If you cannot put up buildings of your own time, you might as well forget it. A town must live, you cannot wait until fashions change." Sir Donald Gibson

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by unknown

Language English
Colour maroon
Location Upper Precinct Mall, Coventry, United Kingdom
Subject Sir Donald Gibson PPRIBA MA DCL CBE (1908 – 1991)
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Sir Donald Gibson CBE Gibson was regarded as a pioneer modern architect and his work made him one of the most influential architects of his generation. 'He was ahead of his time. What he did astonished the world. Coventry desperately needed his inspiration' Gibson, Sir Donald Evelyn Edward, C.B.E., D.C.L., M.A., P.P.R.I.B.A., D.I.S.T., T.P., M.T.P.I., T.P.I. Born 11th October 1908, Died December 1991 Gibson was Coventry's first City Architect. He was regarded as a pioneer modern architect and his work made him one of the most influential architects of his generation. He may never have the chance to put his ideas into action, but for the terrible bombing. Within a fortnight of the November 1940 Blitz of Coventry, the City Council had set up a re-development committee and along with powerful allies and devoted members were able to begin the drive to rebuild the city. Gibson was the sort of genius who wanted to throw off sparks of imagination and his ideas. He was way ahead of his time, what he did was astonishing and Coventry desperately needed his inspiration. Many people thought that his ideas would sweep away too much of the old city, but his ideas encompassed old details amongst the open spaces and uncluttered views of his new vision. The alignment of the shopping precinct with the cathedral spire was a moment of inspiration that was to be copied by other cities worldwide. Gibson achieved many firsts as the City Architect. Apart from the first pedestrian precinct there was the first rooftop parking, the first postwar civic theatre, the circular retail market and experimental building methods. Planners and architects all around the world came to see what was happening in Coventry. Characteristically Gibson was prepared to acknowledge the fact that given his time again he might do some things differently. "If you cannot put up buildings of your own time, you might as well forget it. A town must live, you cannot wait until fashions change" In 1955 Sir Donald left Coventry, this meant that his personal vision was never completed. He became County Architect in Nottinghamshire, where he worked on radical new building techniques. Gibson went on to a Knighthood and became in effect the government's senior architect, raising architectural standards during his tenure. However it is for his pioneering work in Coventry that he will be best remembered. It made him one of the most influential architects of his generation.

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by unknown

Language English
Colour maroon
Location Upper Precinct Mall, Coventry, United Kingdom
Subject Sir Donald Gibson PPRIBA MA DCL CBE (1908 – 1991)
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Lady Godiva Clock At every hour the clock at the top of this tower sets in motion in the openings below, puppets recalling the legend of Lady Godiva's famous ride naked through Coventry. Peeping Tom, the tailor who disobeyed her command to stay behind closed shutters is seen to look out of an upper window and is stricken with blindness.

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by unknown

Language English
Colour grey
Location Hertford Street Shopping, Broadgate, Coventry, United Kingdom
Subject Lady Godiva
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Rougemont Castle This gatehouse was built by William the Conqueror soon after 1066 as part of the Norman castle of Rougemont 1977 Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee

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by unknown

Language English
Colour black
Location Castle Street, Exeter, United Kingdom
Subjects None identified yet
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Goldsmith-Godchaux House Designed by noted nineteenth century architect Henry Howard in 1859. Significant for its painted interiors. Has more fresco wall decoration and stenciling that probably any other mid-nineteenth century residence in the South. Erected by the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism 1980

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by Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism

Language English
Colour brown
Location 1122 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA, United States
Subjects None identified yet
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The Collegiate and Parish Church of St. John the Baptist This church was founded in 1344 by Queen Isabella widow of King Edward II, on land called 'Babblake' and was granted by her to the Guild of St. John the Baptist. It was to be served by two chaplains from the 'College of Bablake'. Those priests were to say a daily mass for, the repose of the soul of her late husband King Edward II, her son King Edward III, her daughter in law Queen Phiippa, her grandson Edward the Black Prince and members of the Guild of St. John. The building was consecrated on 2nd May 1350 to God and St. John the Baptist. By the time of the dissolution of the Guilds in 1548, the church was closed and given to the Mayor of the Corporation. During the time of the Commonwealth (1642-1660), the church was used as a prison for Royalist soldiers captured at the Battle of Preston. As the sympathies of the citizens of Coventry lay with the Parliamentarians, they gave the Royalist prisoners a hostile reception giving rise to the saying 'sent to Coventry', meaning that someone is ignored or treated coldly. After many years lying empty, occasionally being used to hold markets and as a stretch yard for dyed cloth, the Corporation agreed to reopen the church as a place of worship. It was created a Parish Church on 24th July 1734. Today the church serves the spiritual and other needs of this community and the city.

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by Diocese of Coventry

Language English
Colour blue
Location St. John the Baptist Parish Church, Corporation Street, Coventry, United Kingdom
Subjects Queen Isabella of France (1295 – 1358) King Edward II of England (1284 – 1327)
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James Green Civil Engineer 1781 - 1849 Devon's First County Surveyor Built and Lived in this Property

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by Retired Chartered Engineers' Club Exeter

Language English
Colour red
Location New North Road, Exeter, United Kingdom
Subject James Green (1781 – 1849)
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In this house, when used as the Officers Mess of Grange Airfield during WW1. Major Robert Smith-Barry, RFC 1886 - 1949 (later Lt-Col, AFC, RAF.) established a system of pilot training, which is still in use now, and developed the Gosport tube for communicating in aircraft.

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by Gosport Aviation Society

Language English
Colour blue
Location Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, United Kingdom
Subjects None identified yet
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Gosport County Grammar School and Free Library. This building opened as Gosport Grammar School and Free Library in 1901. The school moved to Bay House in 1958. The library moved in 1973, and the building subsequently became the Borough Museum in 1975.

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by Hampshire County Council

Language English
Colour blue
Location High Street, Gosport, United Kingdom
Subjects None identified yet
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Памятник архитектуры Семинарский корпус 1785-1787 гг. Архитектор П. Р. Никитин восточный корпус ансамбля присутственных мест. Портик в центре главного фасада сооружен в 1842 г. по проекту архитектора В. Д. Соколова. Подлежит охране как всенародное достояние.

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by unknown

Language Russian
Colour bronze
Location Staryy Torg square, 4, Kaluga, Russia
Subjects None identified yet
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Jára Cimrman 1869 - 1966 approx. Bohemian philosopher, adventurer and inventor. Jára Cimrman invented the electric light bulb assisted by local inventor Joseph Swan. Thomas Edison later copied the idea and patented it in his own name. Cimrman is also noted for donating Jesmond Dene to the people of Newcastle after winning it from Lord Armstrong in a game of cards.

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on 11 April 2014

Language English
Colour black
Location
Subjects None identified yet
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