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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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  1. George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist & political essayist lived here (19526 page views)
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  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)
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  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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Texas Historical Marker #02426

Heflin Cemetery. William W. and Pency (Williams) Heflin settled here in 1875. According to local tradition the first burial was that of a child who died in 1876 from eating wild berries as his family camped on the Heflin's property. The earliest marked grave is that of Robert Bonine in 1876. A deed confirming the Heflins' donation of 4 acres for burial purposes was executed in 1928. Among the burials are many of the area's pioneer settlers and their descendants and veterans of wars ranging from the Civil War to World War II. The cemetery is maintained by an association established in 1976. (1995) #2426

?, Brownwood vicinity, TX, United States

Texas Historical Marker #05152

Sunshine Cemetery. From the late 1800's until the early 1940's, the Sunshine Community encompasses this part of what is now Corpus Christi. The small farming and ranching settlement, also known as encinal, boasted a school, union church, and post office. The sunshine school was in operation from 1887 until 1942, when it was consolidated with the Aberdeen School. Baptist, Methodist, Church of Christ, and other denominations alternated Sunday services at the Union Church. The post office and the cemetery at this site are the only physical remnants of the Sunshine Community. The oldest marked grave in the cemetery, that of Ethel Eva Capeheart, is dated 1903. Tombstones in the Sunshine Cemetery reflect the family names of some of the early settlers who came to the area. John James Parry (d. 1920), a native of Wales, came to Texas in 1872. A farmer and rancher, Parry also preached Baptist services at the Union Church. His wife, Mary Elizabeth (1854-1935), and five of their ten children and buried in the Parry Family plot. The Haney Family section includes the burial site of James Silas Haney (1871-1939), his wife Ella Smith (1882-1962), and seven of their ten children. Other members of the Sunshine Community and their descendants also are buried here. #5152

Rodd Field at Woolridge, Corpus Christi, TX, United States

Texas Historical Marker #07237

Jose Antonio Navarro. Lover of liberty. Foe of despotism. Born in San Antonio, Texas, February 27, 1795. Died January 13, 1871 and buried there. Member of the Legislature of Coahuila and Texas, 1821; land commissioner of De Witt's colony 1831 and of Bexar District, 1834-1835; signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas, 1838-1839; a commissioner of the Santa Fe Expedition, 1841; member of the Constitutional Convention of 1845; senator in the Legislature of Texas, 1846-1849. Navarro County gratefully bears his name. Corsicana was named by him for the isle of his father's birth - Corsica. #7237

300 W. Third Ave., Courthouse grounds, Corsicana, TX, United States

Subjects

The Black Boy Inn was named after Charles II. It is the only surviving pubic house on Cartway, with a history of over 400 years. It was first licensed in 1790 and was situated at No. 67 In 1831 it moved to No. 17 and finally settled here at No. 58 Cartway in 1889

Black Boy Inn, 58 Cartway, Bridgnorth, United Kingdom

Hatfield-McCoy Feud The death in 1882 of Ellison Hatfield, brother of "Devil Anse", from wounds he received in an election-day fight in Pike County, Kentucky, with three sons of Randolph McCoy, and their subsequent killing by the Hatfields, triggered America's most famous family feud. The feud continued six years across the Tug River and brought death to an untold number of Hatfields, McCoys, and their kinsmen.

Railroad Avenue, Matewan, WV, United States

Relief of Derry. The relief of the 1688 - 1689 Siege of the city reinforced the inward migration of the Scottish and English settlers who established the merchant port in the centuries following

, Londonderry, United Kingdom

St James's Gate 1555 One of old Dublin's outer defences crossed the street close to this spot. It was taken down at the end of the eighteenth century.

150 Thomas St, Dublin, Ireland

Julius Blumenthal [full inscription unknown]

English translation: Julius Blumenthal

Kochhannstr. 1, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

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Bastle 16th/17th century defensible house

4 sites in Main Street, Haltwhistle, United Kingdom

Bootham. From the old West Scandinavian word "Buthum" (1150) - "at the booths" - implying a district of humble or temporary dwellings. Jurisdiction over Bootham was hotly disputed between the City and St. Mary's Abbey. The main road to the City from the North, it is on the line of the Roman road.

6 Bootham, York, United Kingdom

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Fort Antes. Built 1778 by Col. Henry Antes. Stood on the opposite side of the river at the mouth of Nippenose Creek. Nearby was Antes Mill, first in the region. The stockade was abandoned during the Great Runaway; burned by Indians.

Main & Seminary Sts., Jersey Shore, PA, United States

Texas Historical Marker #04067

Polly's Chapel. Named for Policarpo Rodriguez (1829-1914), Texas Ranger, Army Scout and Guide; 1858 Privilege Creek settler. Converted here to Methodist faith, built with his own hands, in 1882, chapel of native stone, where he and others have preached. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1965. #4067

?, Bandera, TX, United States