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Plaque Of The Day

William Marsh Rigden, William Hollamby, and The Goldstone black plaque

Jez says, "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'."

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)

recently photographed plaques

William Illiffe (d.1689) introduced the stocking frame to Hinckley in a building similar to this in 1640.

Framework Knitters Museum, Lower Bond Street, Hinckley, United Kingdom


In questa casa visse Eduardo Di Giovanni 1875-1979. Alfiere indomito delle libertá civil e della giustizia sociale. Giurista, oratore, parlametare illustre.

English translation: Eduardo Di Giovanni lived in this house from 1875 to 1979. Indomitable standard bearer of civil liberties and social justice. Jurist, speaker, distinguished parliamentarian.

Via Nizza, Siracusa, Italy


No.63 High Street Bank House was built in 1835 as a late Georgian Town House and was formerly a Bank Manager's house. Its block pedimented doorway and the original window glazing make it distinctive. Its first occupant was Charles McAra, The Sheriff Clerk who was famous for putting gloves on his head to hide his baldness.

63 High Street, Dunblane, United Kingdom


Peter Abrahams (1919-2017) author & journalist lived here

37 Jessel Drive, Loughton, United Kingdom

Texas Historical Marker #05858

Wilson Potteries. Presbyterian minister John M. Wilson came to this area in 1856 with his family and slaves. Since earthen vessels were major 19th-century food storage items, Wilson established a pottery kiln in this vicinity in 1860. After Wilson sold his interest in the business in 1869, 3 of his former slaves began their own pottery shop. James, Hiram, and Wallace Wilson, who operated H. Wilson & Co. until 1884, created their own style of pottery and ran a successful business during the Reconstruction Era, when many newly-freed slaves found work only as sharecroppers. (1985) #5858

?, Seguin, TX, United States

Tässä talossa syntyi Suomen kolminkertainen pääministeri ja metsätyyppiopin kehittäjä Aimo Kaarlo Cajander huhtikuun 4 päivänä 1879

English translation: This house was born Aimo Kaarlo Cajander, the three-time Prime Minister of Finland and developer of forest type doctrine, on 4 April 1879 [AWS Translate]

Ylinenkatu 20, Uusikaupunki, Finland

1912 - This building is one of three branch libraries erected in this city through the munificence of Andrew Carnegie Esq LLD

Stoke Library, Kingsway, Coventry, United Kingdom

Castle Clinton National Monument. Last of a series of forts which from the Dutch settlement of 1624 guarded lower Manhattan. This structure was built by the United States in the years 1808 to 1811. It was first called "West Battery" and was one of the important defenses of New York Harbor during the War of 1812 period . Named in honor of Gov. DeWitt Clinton in 1815. It was made headquarters of the U.S. Third Military District from 1816 to 1820. Gen. Winfield Scott was in command. The Headquarters was removed from Castle Clinton to Governor's Island in 1820

Battery Park, New York, NY, United States

Oriel Chambers 1960 David Brock architect War damaged in May 1941 Reinstated by Melville Curlender

14 Water Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom

St Mary Rotherhithe Free School Founded by Peter Hill and Robert Bell Esqrs 1613 Charity School instituted 1742 Removed here 1797 Supported by Voluntary Contributions

Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom


Chevalier Blondin 1824-1897 Over 100,000 people saw Blondin, 'The Hero of Niagara', perform his death-defying high wire act here, in Eastham Gardens, during May/June 1883.

Eastham Gardens, Eastham, United Kingdom


The Turk's Head Inn. Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne. Founded 1813. Close to this site stood the Turk's Head Inn where, on 23rd January 1813, seventeen Newcastle gentlemen met to form the Society

62 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom