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Sake Dean Mahomed and Hindoostane Coffee House green plaque

Jez says,"London's first Indian restaurant in 1810"

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Norwich 252 plaques

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.

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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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Royal House. Built in 1847 by Thomas Salt as the "South Park Boarding House" this building became the Royal Hotel which flourished after the 1848 opening of the Brunswick Railway Station, south-west across the Stray. Enlarged in 1863 and 1880, the Royal was requisitioned in World War Two. After closing in 1960, the building was converted for office and residential use, and was refurbished 2000-2005.

Station Parade, Harrogate, United Kingdom

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Texas Historical Marker #16261

Ku Klux Klan Trials. In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was a nationwide organization that openly preached white supremacy and hatred for Blacks, Jews, Catholics, and Immigrants. In Texas, Klan membership peaked in 1923 with upwards of 150,000 members. Klansmen influenced and held positions in local and state government and in law enforcement. Their power allowed members to engage in acts of vigilante violence without fear of prosecution. Although their primary targets were people of color, the Klan also threatened Anglos who disagreed with the KKK’s core values. On Easter Sunday 1923, ten Klansmen flogged and tarred Robert Burleson, a white traveling salesman, after Burleson ignored their warning to leave Georgetown. District Attorney Dan Moody, a Taylor native, led prosecution against the Klansmen in a series of trials between September 1923 and February 1924. Moody tried his strongest case first against Klansman Murray Jackson. After seven days of arguments, the jurors deliberated for twenty minutes before returning a guilty verdict and offering the maximum punishment for the crime. Moody’s initial conviction led to four additional convictions and four prison sentences for the other Georgetown Klansmen on trial at the Williamson County Courthouse. These trials were considered the first prosecutorial success in the United States against members of the 1920s Klan and quickly weakened the Klan’s political influence in Texas. Further, the publicity garnered by Moody following the trial led to his successful runs for State Attorney General in 1924 and Texas Governor in 1926 and 1928. He was the youngest person ever elected to both statewide offices.

?, Georgetown, TX, United States

Kentucky Historical Marker #1765

Abner Gaines House. In 1790s Abner Gaines built this Federal style mansion and became owner of first stage line between Lexington and Cincinnati, 1818. House used as inn and stagecoach stop. It has 3 stairways and 10 carved mantels. Abner's son, John P. Gaines, was appointed governor of Oregon Territory in 1850. House listed on National Register of Historic Places, 1980.

Walton, US 25, ,

The High Street or 'High Causeway' was built after the bridging of the Allan Water in the early 15th Century. Until 1700 most of the houses were single storied and thatched with long narrow plots of ground laid out in medieval times. The present buildings date mainly from the late 18th and 19th Centuries.

High Street, Dunblane, United Kingdom

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10 Castle Street was built in the early 18th century by Thomas Piggott, a London grocer. It is constructed on the site of the Corn Rooms, a group of buildings, used either for storage, marketing, or the exchange of corn.

10 Castle Street, Farnham, United Kingdom

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Texas Historical Marker #05635

Van Zandt Cottage. Built in 1860s on stage road to Weatherford, and for generations a haven to travelers during Trinity River Floods, this was the country home of Khleber Miller Van Zandt (1836-1930), who was know as "Mr. Fort Worth." A Confederate veteran, Major Van Zandt was a merchant, lawyer, banker, railroad builder, State Legislator (1873), opener of frontier lands to settlement, and leader in many civic activities. Structure was restored by the State during Texas Centennial, 1936. #5635

2900 Crestline Rd., Fort Worth, TX, United States

Sister Nivedita (Margaret Noble) 1867-1911 Educationalist and Campaigner for Indian Independence lived here

21A High Street, Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom

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TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THOSE CITIZENS OF SHEFFIELD BOTH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AS RESULT OF WAR AND IN PURSUIT OF PEACE They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them (Binyon 1869-1945)

Peace Gardens, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Juan Bautista Antequera y Bobadilla 1823-1890 Almirante de la Armada, héroe de la Campaña del Pacífico, Ministro de Marina, Senador por Canarias y primero en dar la vuelta al mundo en un buque acorazado al mando de la fragata "Numancia" "In lorica ta nave primus circumdedisti me" En el centenario de su muerte - 16 marzo 1990

Avenida Francisco la Roche, 47, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Texas Historical Marker #05377

The May Community. Originally part of a Mexican land grant given to empresario John Cameron in 1827, May developed in the 1870s when several pioneer families settled here. Baptists and Methodists quickly organized churches. A one-room school known as Old Swayback provided the first formal education for the children. Nathan L. May built a trading post in 1879 and became the town's first postmaster in 1881. By 1907 the village had a blacksmith shop, general store, newspaper and bank. The early history of May climaxed in 1911 with the coming of the railroad. (1981) #5377

?, May, TX, United States

Palais de l'Archevêché L'archevêché fut établi dans ce lieu vers 1340, transporté du faubourg de la Seds, dit "Ville des Tours", trop isolé face à l'insécurite. Le Palais fut sans cesse agrandi jusqu'à la fin du 18e siècle, pour être digne de la puissance spirituelle et temporelle des Princes de l'église qui l'habitaient. Tous les souverains français de passage à Aix y furent logés, de François 1er à Napoléon III. La réconciliation de Louis XIV et de Condé y fut scellée dans le Salon jaune. Un vaste réaménagement fut mené de 1650 à 1730, auquel participa Laurent Vallon. Durant celluici la façade et la porte monumentale de style Régence attribuée à Bernard Toro furent créées (1715). Sécularisé en 1905, il devint un musée en 1910 qui conserve les tapisseries possédées par les archevêques. Ces collections furent enriches de textiles du 20e siècle et d'objets relatifs au Festival d'Art Lyrique. C'est dans sa cour qu'est traditionnellement abrité ce festival international.

English translation: Palace of the Archbishop The archbishop was established in this place around 1340, transported from the suburb of the Seds, called “City of Tours”, too isolated in the face of the insecurity. The Palace was constantly enlarged until the end of the 18th century, to be worthy of the spiritual and temporal power of the Princes of the Church who inhabited it. All the French rulers passing through Aix were housed there, from Francis 1st to Napoleon III. The reconciliation of Louis XIV and Condé was sealed in the Yellow Salon. A major redevelopment was carried out from 1650 to 1730, in which Laurent Vallon participated. During cellici the façade and the monumental Regency-style door attributed to Bernard Toro were created (1715). Secularized in 1905, it became a museum in 1910 that preserves the tapestries owned by the archbishops. These collections were enriched with 20th century textiles and objects related to the Lyric Art Festival. This international festival is traditionally housed in its courtyard. [AWS Translate]

Musée des Tapisseries - Palais de l'Archevêché - Place des Martyrs de la Resistance, Aix-en-Provence, France

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Die Umbenennung des „Gasthofes zu den Linden“ in den Namen „Jägerhof“ weist nicht nur daraufhin, dass die Gastwirtschaft ein beliebter Treffpunkt für die Jägerschaft war, sondern erzählt auch davon, dass der Besitzer Fritz Kelle selbst ein begeisterter Waidmann war. 1958 begann die zukunftsweisende Veränderung in das Hotel und Restaurant „Jägerhof“. Die landwirtschaftlichen Flächen wurden aufgegeben und die Familie konzentrierte sich auf die Gastronomie. Mit den großen Umbauten 1964 bis 1968 entstanden die ersten Hotelzimmer. Parallel mit der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung wurden Restaurant und Hotel erweitert. Seit über 30 Jahren gehört der Jägerhof zur Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Heute ist die dritte Generation im Hause aktiv, die nächste hat einen passenden Berufsweg eingeschlagen, so dass der Platz für ausgezeichnetes Essen, Familienfeiern und Tagungen den vielen Stammgästen auch zukünftig sicher ist.

English translation: The renaming of the “Gasthof zu den Linden” to the name “Jägerhof” not only indicates that the restaurant was a popular meeting place for the hunters, but also tells us that the owner Fritz Kelle was an enthusiastic Waidmann himself. . The agricultural land was abandoned and the family focused on gastronomy. The first hotel rooms were built with the major renovations from 1964 to 1968. In parallel with the economic development, the restaurant and hotel were expanded. The Jägerhof has been part of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs for over 30 years. Today, the third generation is active in the house, the next one has taken a suitable career path, so that the place for excellent food, family celebrations and meetings is safe for the many regular guests in the future. [AWS Translate]

Walsroder Straße 251, Langenhagen, Germany