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Rue des Murs. Les appellations anciennes de la rue d'Arras, baptisée "des Murs" au XIIIe siècle, "des Murs près le Champ-Gaillard" au XVIe puis "des Murs dite du Puits d'Arras" au XVIIe, attestent bien de la présence ici du rempart de Philippe-Auguste, édifié dans le dessein d'agrandir la ville et d'inciter ses habitants à construire, à une époque où la rive gauche est encore couverte de vignes. Le chroniqueur et chapelain du roi Guillaume le Breton témoigne : "Philippe le roi magnanime entoura tout Paris dans une enceinte de la partie méridionale jusqu'à la Seine des deux côtés, afin que toute la cité paraisse remplie d'habitations jusqu'aux murs. Merveilleuse et louable justice du prince ! Bien qu'en vertu du droit écrit il eût pu élever des murs et des fossés sur le terrain d'autrui pour l'utilité publique du royaume, préférant cependant l'équité au droit strict, il indemnisa sur son trésor les propriétaires pour les dommages qu'il causait".

English translation: Rue des Murs. The ancient appellations of Rue d'Arras, called “des Murs” in the 13th century, “des Murs près le Champ-Gaillard” in the 16th and then “des Murs dite du Puits d'Arras” in the 17th century, testify well to the presence here of the wall of Philipe-Auguste, built with the intention of enlarging the city and encouraging its inhabitants to build, at a time when shore left is still covered with vines. King William the Breton's chronicler and chapel testifies: “Philip the magnanimous king surrounded all of Paris in an enclosure from the southern part to the Seine on both sides, so that the whole city would appear filled with dwellings to the walls. Wonderful and praiseworthy justice of the prince! Although under written law he could have raised walls and ditches on the land of others for the public benefit of the kingdom, preferring fairness rather than strict law, he compensated the owners of his treasure for the damage he caused.” [AWS Translate]

9 rue d'Arras, Paris, France

George "Geordie" Ridley (1835 - 64) A music hall singer and composer of "Blaydon Races" among many other popular songs. He lived in a previous building on this site.

William IV Public House, High Street, Gateshead, United Kingdom


In honour of James M. Barrie BART. O.M. 1860-1937 who in 1883 and 1884 worked in this building on the staff of The Nottingham Journal

30 Pelham Street, Nottingham, United Kingdom


Alfred Lane Originally known as Hablutzel Lane, was renamed after the Royal Alfred Lodge of Freemasons which was then situated on the upper left hand side. Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria visited Simon's Town in 1860 as midshipman on HMS Euryalus and in 1867 as Captain of HMS Galatea The Nooral Islam mosque founded 1878 and rebuilt in 1926 is situated at the top of Alfred Lane

Alfred Lane, Simon's Town, South Africa


This house was the manor house of Kings Mill

The Manor House of King's Mill, Market Place, Faversham, United Kingdom

Whitmore Railway Station Booking Office. Once the main station for North Staffordshire on the Grand Junction Railway opened in 1837. On 29th June 1937 The Coronation engine, no.6220, recorded 114 mph north of Whitmore

Whitmore Road, Baldwins Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

Richard Spynke Directed the fortification of the City gates and towers between 1337 and 1344. This work was carried out at his own expense.

On old city wall, Queens Road, Norwich, United Kingdom

Texas Historical Marker #4280

Riverside Cemetery. According to local oral tradition, land for this cemetery and the adjacent church was donated by the family of Ward Keeler, a New York native who came to Bosque County about 1870 and founded the town of Iredell. The oldest documented grave here is that of James W. P. Ware, who died in November 1870. The primary burial ground for Iredell citizens for generations, Riverside Cemetery contains more than one thousand interments, both marked and unmarked. Its varied styles of gravestones stand as a reminder of the community's pioneer heritage. (1992) #4280

?, Iredell, TX, United States

Chester House. Formerly Manchester House, the home of Mary Ann Clarke, the notorious mistress of the Duke of York, brother of the Prince Regent. She came to live here in 1804 and sold appointments in the Army with the alleged connivance of the Duke, its Commander-in-Chief. Whilst living in Exmouth, she lived in luxury but ultimately died in disgrace and poverty in Paris in 1813.

Manchester House, Imperial Rd, Exmouth, United Kingdom


St Mary’s Church. Grade II* Listed building. Leyton parish church dating back in parts to the mid 17th century although much altered. Domesday book records two priests in 1086, so the current church probably occupies the site of a much earlier building

St Mary’s Church, Church Road E10, London, United Kingdom

Fritz Ohrenstein [full inscription unknown]

English translation: Fritz Ohrenstein

Nachodstraße 22-23, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany


Dr Henry Taube Dr. Henry Taube received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1983. His Nobel Citation reads "for his studies of the mechanisms of electron transfer reactions particularly of metal complexes" It was said that his work "dominated the development of his subject both theoretically and experimentally, making 18 major discoveries." Dr. Taube was born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan and received his B.Sc. (1935) and his M.Sc. (1937) from the University of Saskatchewan. In 1940 he completed his Ph.D. at the University of California (Berkeley). In his acceptance speech, Dr. Taube said, "But the benefits of science are not to be reckoned only in terms of the physical. Science as in intellectual exercise enriches our culture and is in itself ennobling. Each new insight into how the atoms in their interactions express themselves in structure and transformations, not only of inanimate matter, but particularly also of living matter, provides a thrill."

College Building, University of Sasktchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada