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Plaque Of The Day

Red Cow Inn, Haslemere blue plaque

Jez says, ""At one strange birth this cow cast forth eight calves in human shape""

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

St. George. A Commissioners' Church built 1828-1830 architect James Morgan

20 Saint George's Parade, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

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Leibnizhaus Hier stand von 1652-1943 eines der großartigsten Bürgerhäuser Deutschlands. Es wurde erbaut von dem Steinbaumeister Hinrich Alfers und dem Zimmermeister Hans Deierberg. Die Bildhauerarbeiten schuf Peter Köster. In diesem Haus lebte und starb 1716 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Der Schauspieler August Wilhelm Iffland wurde hier 1759 geboren.

English translation: Leibnizhaus Here stood from 1652-1943 one of the greatest townhouses in Germany. It was built by the stone builder Hinrich Alfers and the carpenter Hans Deierberg. Peter Köster created the sculpture work. In this house, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz lived and died in 1716. The actor August Wilhelm Iffland was born here in 1759. [AWS Translate]

Schmiedestraße, Hannover, Germany

Hier wohnte Emma Hess geb. Frankenstein Jg. 1867 deportiert 23.7.1942 Theresienstadt tot 29.6.1942

English translation: Here lived Emma Hess née Frankenstein Jg. 1867 deported 23.7.1942 Theresienstadt dead 29.6.1942 [AWS Translate]

Harnischstraße 12, Hanover, Germany

John Bellamy In 1719, the Rev. John and Ellen Bellamy of Edwinstowe, endowed alms houses for the poor, "and other benefits for 4 necessitous widows' and started a school for the education of 8 boys. These buildings were situated on the site of this present War Memorial. The Charity continues to support residents.

, Edwinstowe, United Kingdom

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Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman 1836-1908. Liberal Prime Minister 1905-1908. Born in Glasgow and lived here until 1860. A radical. A peacemaker. A good man.

129 Bath Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Under these arches Alliott Verdon Roe assembled his AVRO No. 1 triplane. In July 1909 he made the first all-British powered flight from Walthamstow Marsh.

Railway arches at Walthamstow Marsh Railway Viaduct, Walthamstow Marshes, Waltham Forest, E17, London, United Kingdom

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Marylebone Cricket Club This plaque was unveiled by Colin Cowdrey, President, on 1st. June 1987 to mark the bi-centenary of the first match played at Dorset Fields

Dorset Square, NW1, London, United Kingdom

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Potternewton Mansion. This neat, neo-classical house, formerly Harehills Grove, was built c 1817 for James Brown woollen merchant. From 1861 to 1900 it was the home of the Jowitt family, it now belongs to Park Lane College.

Harehills Lane LS7 5HB, Leeds, United Kingdom

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Kentucky Historical Marker #2237

Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire. Site of Beverly Hills Supper Club, popular night spot from 1930s-70s. Burnt May 28, 1977 killing 165. Third worst nightclub fire in US; changed building-code enforcement. First disaster case tried as class action suit, merging 300 claims. Landmark litigation lasted years. Settlements of some $30 million. First mass tort action in USA. (Reverse) Emergency squads came from miles around. Temporary morgue set up in nearby Ft. Thomas Armory. Families arrived for days searching for loved ones, as site smoldered. Story dominated the news. Probable cause was faulty aluminum wiring. Most people in area knew someone who lost family here. See reverse.

US 27, Southgate, ,

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

Mediaeval House possible Guildhall 1500 A. D.

Lower Pavement, Chesterfield, United Kingdom

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BBC Music Day 2017 #BBC Radio Leicester

Eric Pinkett OBE 'Mr Music' 1911-1979. Founder of the Leicestershire County School of Music and Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. He inspired generations of young musicians.

Church Langton Primary School, Church Langton, United Kingdom

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