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In the last 11 years, between 20 May 2009 to 31 May 2020, Open Plaques had a total of 1,913,965 page views. 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.
- George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist & political essayist lived here (19177 page views)
- Jacob von Hogflume 1864-1909 Inventor of time travel. lived here in 2189 (14612 page views)
- George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist and political essayist lived here (6298 page views)
- Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970 guitarist and songwriter lived here 1968-1969 (5484 page views)
- Alan Turing 1912-1954 founder of computer science and cryptographer, whose work was key to breaking the wartime Enigma codes, lived and died here. (3913 page views)
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1891-1894 (3761 page views)
- Alan Turing 1912-1954 code breaker lived here from 1945-1947 (3522 page views)
- This building housed the offices of Charles Dickens' magazine 'All The Year Round' and his private apartments 1859-1870 (3278 page views)
- Dame Agatha Christie 1890-1976 detective novelist and playwright lived here 1934-1941 (2928 page views)
- 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. (2887 page views)
recently photographed plaques
Town Quay Shelter was officially opened by his worship the Mayor Councillor Colin Bungley J.P. on the 21st December 1992 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II
Town Quay Shelter, The Quay, Christchurch, United Kingdom
The Church of St Thomas, the Apostle, Parkgate The ‘Fisherman’s Church’ was originally erected as a Congregational chapel in 1843 and then used by the Presbyterians from 1858. Acquired by the Church of England in 1910, it was recently restored by local effort through the Bishop’s Trust and re-opened for worship and community use in 2010.
Mostyn Square, Parkgate, United Kingdom
[Plaque, Tron Kirk Celebrates the rebuilding of the spire after the great fire of 1824.]
, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Here fell WPC Yvonne Fletcher 17th April 1984
St. James's Square, London, United Kingdom
Contrada del Trabucco. Documentata dal Quattrocento ed il cui nome tuttora vive nei Salodiani con il termine dialettale Trebuco, riferentesi però solo al vicolo Trabucco, che congiunge via Mattia Butturini con la via di Mezzo. Il nome deriverebbe sal latino medievale trabuchetum, ordigno bellico per lanciare pietre dall'alto delle mura sui sottostanti assalitori. Fino al secolo scorso la contrada si estendeva fra quelle della Fontana e della Chiodera e comprendeva gran parte della case di via Mattia Butturini.
Via Mattia Butturini, Salò, Italy
Sir Ronald Ross 1857-1932 Nobel laureate and discoverer of the mosquito transmission of malaria lived here
18 Cavendish Square, Westminster, W1, London, United Kingdom
Stone Jetty. Built 1853 as a Railway terminus serving Irish & Scottish ferries.
Stone Jetty, Morecambe, United Kingdom
Texas Historical Marker #8409
Julius Yanch Home. Prime example of pioneer Texas architecture. Built for Yanch in 1854 by M. P. Munyan, contractor for many early Chappell Hill structures. Cedar construction with tongue and groove flooring; chimney, underground cistern of native limestone. #8409
?, Chappell Hill, TX, United States
Texas Historical Marker #15204
Rudolph Bergfeld (1855-1930) Entrepreneur and property owner Rudolph Berfeld was a significant figure in the development of the city of Tyler. Bergfeld was born in Wisconsin and as a youth apprenticed at his uncle's jewelry business in Germany. He returned to the U.S. in 1874 and worked as a bookkeeper in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1878, Bergfeld moved to Tyler, where he opened a saloon. In 1880, he married Caroline "Lena" Pabst, moving into a house he built for her. By the 1880s, Bergfeld opened a second saloon and began to work in real estate and railroad ventures. In 1887, he helped to open the Grande Opera House. By the 1890s, Bergfeld had turned his interest to banking, opening Bergfeld Loan & Trust, which merged with City National Bank to create Citizens National Bank in 1900. That same year, the newly created Tyler Chamber of Commerce appointed him Director. In 1901, he opened a second Bergfeld Loan & Trust, which in 1905 consolidated with Farmers & Merchants National Bank. Bergfeld's real estate activities were also notable. He actively developed property throughout the city, including the historic Azalea District. Bergfeld also sold land to the city for use as a park, which was named in his honor. Besides Bergfeld's positions on banking boards, he served as chair or director of several different companies and organizations. He was also a member of the Board of Education of Tyler Public Schools (1906-1924) and of fraternal organizations. Rudolph Bergfeld died in 1930 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Today, he is remembered as a community leader whose business activities contributed greatly to the growth of Tyler. (2008) #15204
1510 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX, United States