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Banana Split and David Strickler blue plaque

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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.

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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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John Barry Statue

Crescent Quay, Wexford, Ireland

In May 1645 Parliamentary troops under Sir William Brereton (1604 - 1661) of Handforth Hall also mustered at Prince Rupert’s ‘Barloe More' rendezvous.

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Texas Historical Marker #10112

Schmidt-Gold House. This home was built in the 1860s by german stonemason Lorenz Schmidt, a pioneer settler in the Adelsverein colony and builder of many early structures, including the Vereins Kirche. Originally a story-and-a-half, the house was enlarged to two floors in 1902 by Jacob Gold, Sr., a local business leader and founder of Rheingold community in eastern Gillespie County. The home's materials and design reflect influences of the early German settlers. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1981 #10112

106 S. Lincoln, Fredericksburg, TX, United States

National Co-operative People's Bank 1903 Marchmont Library 1938

41 Marchmont St, London, United Kingdom

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ORT Technical Engineering School. An ORT school was established in Berlin in 1937 to provide a technical education for Jewish boys excluded from state schools. fleeing the Nazis, in 1939 the school was relocated to Leeds. Most of the 106 boys lived here, while continuing their training at workshops in Roseville Avenue. 1940-42

New Horizons Community School, Newton Hill Road, LS7 4JE, Leeds, United Kingdom

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In a house on this site lived from 1854-1875 Sir Charles Lyell 1797-1875 geologist,and from 1876-1882 William Ewart Gladstone 1809-1898 statesman

73 Harley Street, Westminster, W1, London, United Kingdom

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Robert Fergusson [full inscription unknown]

, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Texas Historical Marker #04056

Pleasanton. (Founded 1858) Named for early Texas settler John Pleasants, by John Bowen (d.1867), San Antonio's first Anglo-American postmaster. Bowen, assisted financially by associate Henry L. Radaz, in Sept. 1858 founded this town at the juncture of Atascosa River and Bonita Creek as the county seat of Atascosa County. The first courthouse in Pleasanton (second in county) stood on this site. Men from this and surrounding counties met here in Civil War (1862) to form Co. E, 32nd Texas Volunteer Cavalry, Confederate Army, under Captain Lewis Maverick. In an area thick with Longhorns since Spanish and Indian days, Pleasanton became a cattlemen's capital. Beginning in 1860s, the Stock Raisers' Association of Western Texas often convened here. This was place of publication of "Western Stock Journal," founded 1873. Here gathered the hardiest and most skillful cowboys, including those driving herds from Mexican border to shipping points in Kansas. In spring of 1873 they drove 43,000 Atascosa county cattle up the trail. Pleasanton was county seat until 1911, and still grows. In 1961 it absorbed North Pleasanton (founded 1912 as site for San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad shops). County's largest town, it is famous for liveoak trees, and commerce in beef, peanuts, and petroleum. (1973) #4056

114 Goodwin St., Pleasanton, TX, United States

Hier wohnte Hugo Dahlheim Jg. 1880 deportiert 15.12.1941 Riga 1944 Stutthoff 1944 Buchenwald ermordet 30.1.1945 Aussenlager Tröglitz

English translation: Hugo Dahlheim Jg. 1880 deported 15.12.1941 Riga 1944 Stutthoff 1944 Buchenwald murdered 30.1.1945 outside camp Tröglitz [AWS Translate]

Bandelstraße 7, Hannover, Germany

Texas Historical Marker #01752

First Methodist Church of Denton. The Rev. William E. Bates organized the First Methodist Church of Denton in 1857, the same year the town of Denton was formed. Services were conducted in the log courthouse until the Masonic lodge of Denton constructed a 2-story building in 1859. It served as a school and meeting hall and was used by all the area churches. In 1873 the Methodist congregation built their first meeting house, which was a white frame church with a steeple and bell. Funds for a red brick sanctuary built in 1899 were raised in part at a revival conducted by evangelist Abe Mulkey. By 1907 the congregation of more than 600 members had outgrown its sanctuary, but another building was not constructed until 1925 when a new church building with a seating capacity of 2,400 was completed. An education building was added in 1951, and other renovations have taken place over the years. Many prominent citizens of Denton have been members of this church which has provided a variety of programs for the congregation and has supported local and foreign missions. It has served the community through several social outreach activities and continues to be an integral part of the Denton area. (1996) #1752

201 S. Locust St., Denton, TX, United States

This stone commemorates Joseph Thomas Clover 1825-1882 pioneer anaesthetist born in Aylsham

?, Aylsham, United Kingdom

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Torquato Tasso a Sorrento nel 1577. In un bel mattino di luglio dell'anno 1577 una barca sorrentina perventiente da Gaeta approdava al molo della marina di Capo di Cervo (ora Marina Piccola). Un passeggiero vestito da pastore scendeva dalla medesima. Alto e ben complesso nella persona, di aspetto nobile e digniteso, egli .... Bartolomeo Capasso: "Il Tasso e la sua famiglia a Sorrento ...

Marina Piccola, Sorrento, Italy

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