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Plaque Of The Day

Josiah Wedgwood blue plaque

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

Place Of The Day

Norwich, United Kingdom

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.

Most-viewed plaques

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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'O ville, toi ma soeur a qui je suis pareil...' de van Georges Rodenbach poete 1855-1898 dichter

English translation: 'O city, you my sister to whom I am the same... 'by van Georges Rodenbach poet 1855-1898 · Dichter [AWS Translate]

Jan van Eyckplein 8, Bruges, Belgium

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Slí Charman, Wexford Coastal Path. Templetown. The Knights Templars were founded by the Crusaders in Jerusalem, early in the twelfth century. In 1172, King Henry II granted extensive lands to the Templars along the eastern shore of Waterford Harbour. They set up their headquarters here at Templetown, which is named after them, and at nearby Kilcloggan. The Templars were disbanded in 1307, and their lands were given to their great rivals the Knights Hospitallers who built the fortified church at Templetown and the castle at Kilcloggan.

L4045, Templetown, Ireland

Parish School 1842 Grade II Listed Building. National school erected for St Leonard's Church by Reverend Richard Durnford (later Bishop of Chichester). Extended 1892 by Reverend T. E. Cleworth, last used as a school in 1979.

Long Street, Middleton, United Kingdom

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The church of St Dunstan in the East stood on this site from ancient times. Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt the church after the Great Fire of 1666 and the only part of his design which survivies is the tower. The remainder of the church was rebuilt in 1817 and destroyed by enemy action in 1941. This garden was created by the Corporation of London and opened by the RT. Hon. The Lord Mayor Sir Peter Studd. on 21st June 1971.

St Dunstan in the East, London, United Kingdom

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Hier wohnte Margarete Wolff geb. Markwald jg. 1900 Deportiert 1943 Auschwitz Verschollen

English translation: Here lived Margarete Wolff nee Markwald born 1900 deported 1943 Auschwitz Verschollen

Jonasstraße 4, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

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Jacopo Castelli Fin da l'alba de nuovi tempi volle Italia una con la dinastia di Savoja promovendo instaurando in Venezia il governo di re Carlo Alberto 1791-1849 MDCCCXC

Calle Larga de L'Ascension - Museo Correr , Venice, Italy

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Kentucky Historical Marker #0173

James J. Andrews. Andrews lived here 1859-62. In 1862 he led 22 Union soldiers into Georgia to cut the railway between Marietta and Chattanooga. Their capture of the locomotive "The General" and their pursuit by Confederates was a dramatic incident of the Civil War. Originally dedicated on August 8, 1962. For more information, see ExploreKYHistory: James J. Andrews

N Main Cross St , Flemingsburg, KY, United States

In Memory of John Moore 1763-1799. First President of Ireland. He was held prisoner here. Erected by Cumman Se Oglaigh Fianna Eireann.

John Roberts Square, Waterford, Ireland

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Ancienne place de Grève agrandie en 1778, puis en 1853. A cet endroit, le 22 juillet 1789, l'intendant de Paris, Louis Bénigne François de Bertier de Sauvigny et son beau-père Joseph Foullon, Conseiller d'Etat, furent mis a mort.

English translation: Former place of Strike enlarged in 1778 and then in 1853. On 22 July 1789 the intendant of Paris, Louis Bénigne François de Bertier de Sauvigny, and his stepfather Joseph Foullon, Councillor of State, were killed. [AWS Translate]

7 Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, France

Centenary Of Cinema 1996 #004

Aldeburgh Cinema / Laetitia Gifford [full inscription unknown]

Aldeburgh Cinema, 51 High St, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom

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Max Metzger [full inscription unknown]

English translation: Max Metzger

Sophienstr. 22, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

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Daniel Defoe (1661-1731) lived in a house on this site.

95 Stoke Newington Church Street, Hackney, London, United Kingdom

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