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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)

recently photographed plaques

1672, High Street, Knowle, Listed in 1976 as a Grade II Listed Bulding. Most commonly known as THE RED LION for most of it's 600 year history

The Red Lion - 1672 High Street, Knowle, United Kingdom


Percy Russell 1891-1964 Historian who loved Dartmouth and worked for it's preservation.

Dartmouth Museum - The Butterwalk, 8 Duke Street, Dartmouth, United Kingdom


HAMLEYS OF LONDON Established in 1760 by William Hamley. Unveiled in February 2010 to celebrate 250 years of being the Finest Toy Shop in the World

Regents Street, London, United Kingdom



St. Johns Retail Park Wolverhampton WV2 4SJ , Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Dennis Gabor 1900-1979 physicist and inventor of holography lived here

79 Queen’s Gate, SW7 Kensington & Chelsea, London, United Kingdom


Ci-gît le Roi Jacques VII d'Ecosse, II d'Angleterre, 1633 - 1701. Partenaire fidèle de la Vielle Alliance Franco-Ecossaise. ---------- Here lies King James VII of Scotland, II of England, 1633 - 1701. Loyal partner in the Franco Scottish Auld Alliance.

English translation: Here lies King James VII of Scotland, II of England, 1633 - 1701. Loyal partner in the Franco Scottish Auld Alliance.

Rue de la Paroisse, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France


Northbourne Aviation Ground. This plaque marks the site of Canberra's first aerodrome, which was declared operational on 4 March 1924. The first aviation fatality in the ACT occurred here on 26 February 1926. Aircraft operations continued at this site until November 1926 when they were transferred to a site on the western half of the present Canberra Airport.

Dickson Library, Dickson Centre, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Texas Historical Marker #04762

Site of Cortina Battle, Dec. 27, 1859. Crushing defeat for partisan leader Juan Cortina who in late 1859 laid waste the lower Rio Grande Valley. Cortina's band of 450 were surprised here at daybreak by Maj. S. B. Heintzelman with U.S. Army troops, joined by Texas Rangers recruited by John S. ("Rip") Ford. Cortina fled to Mexico by horseback. Many of his men jumped into the Rio Grande. Regarrisoning of Ringgold barracks put end to partisan raids for a time. But with the American Civil War (1861-1865) and Cortina's rise to power in Tamaulipas, raids were renewed -- until Cortina was removed, 1875. #4762

Old Cemetery Park, Rio Grande City, TX, United States

Built in 1935 by Charles McDuffie and first occupied by Thomas & Dorothy McElhiney, this California Ranch house contributes to the Monte Vista & College View Historic District.

528 Solano Dr. NE, Albuquerque, United Kingdom


Built as a Chapel of Ease in 1870's by Rev Charles Cotton - used as parish church during the restoration of St Laurence's (Overton) - 1880-1882 the "Iron Church" was very popular and is now an Evangelical Chapel

61 Main Street, Frodsham, United Kingdom


Здание удельной конторы перестраивалось в 1835 - 1838 г.г. /архитектор М.П.Коринфский/ и в 1880 г /архитектор А.И.Резанов/

English translation: The building of the unit office was rebuilt in 1835 - 1838 /architect M.P.Corinthsky/ and in 1880 /architect A.I.Rezanov/ [AWS Translate]

ул. Льва Толстого. 37, Ulyanovsk, Russia

Hier wohnte Georg Blumenfeld Jg. 1910 Deportiert 13.6.1942 Sobibor Ermordet 11.9.1942

English translation:

Nassauische Str. 61, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany