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Plaque Of The Day

Robert Greville stone plaque

Jez says,"During the Civil War, Robert Greville, 2nd Baron Brooke commanded Parliament forces in Warwickshire and Staffordshire. Many consider Greville to be the first victim of sniper fire."

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Place Of The Day

Norwich 252 plaques

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

Christopher Clarkson FSA (1759-1833) Scholar, Soldier and Antiquary lived here. His authoritative History of Richmond was published in 1821.

Channel, Richmond, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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1883. Dr. O' Gorman's Private Hospital. Built in 1883 by Doctor Charles Gorman (later O’ Gorman) as a home with private rooms for both medical and surgical cases, this building was advertised as Knysna’s first private hospital, with the purpose of hospitalising severe medical cases from the surrounding countryside. Knysna’s first dentistry also operated here. Designed by Henry William Dunn with builder/ carpenter William Page of Knysna. The building was advertised for sale in 1903 and was later bought by Walter Williams. George Fechter Snr, the furniture manufacturer, purchased the property in 1941. In Fechter’s ownership it operated as the Loerie Boarding House and in 2009 the building was acquired by Andre Fechter and restored.

opposite Town Library, c/o Fichat Stree and St George's Street, Knysna, South Africa

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Hier wohnte Elly Rosenbaum geb. Marcus Jg. 1892 unfreiwillig verzogen 1939 Köln deportiert 1941 Riga ermordet

English translation: Here lived Elly Rosenbaum née Marcus Jg. 1892 involuntarily warped 1939 Cologne deported 1941 Riga murdered [AWS Translate]

Körnerstraße 34, Witten, Germany

"... and never be old" George Butterworth English Composer Lived and composed in this house 1909-1910

Kennington Road, Radley, United Kingdom

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Benjamin Waugh 1839-1908 founder of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children lived here

26 Croom's Hill, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

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Hier wohnte Mathilde Jacob jg. 1873 Deportiert 27.7.1942 Theresienstadt Tot 14.4.1943

English translation: Here lived Mathilde Jacob born 1873 deported 27.7.1942 Theresienstadt Tot 14.4.1943

Altonaer Str. 26, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

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Hier wohnte Heinz Rosenberg jg. 1912 Im Widerstand Verhaftet 6.7.1944 Sachsenhausen Erschossen 20.2.1945

English translation: Here lived Heinz Rosenberg born 1912 arrested in resistance 6.7.1944 Sachsenhausen shot 20.2.1945

Märkisches Ufer 20, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

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1798 the patriot Fr. Conroy was hanged on a tree opposite this location.

Daly's Hotel, The Mall, Castlebar, Ireland

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Hier wohnte Selma Latte geb. Noah jg. 1878 Deportiert 1943 Theresienstadt Ermordet 16.7.1943

English translation: Here lived Selma Latte nee Noah born 1878 deported 1943 Theresienstadt murdered 16.7.1943

Falkentaler Steig 16, Reinickendorf, Berlin, Germany

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BRUNO RODELLA MARTIRE DEL RISORGIMENTO SUGLI ALTARI PROFANATI DI ROMA TENNE DESTA LA FIAMMA DI BELFIORE AL POPOLO D'ITALIA VITTORIOSO NELLA SCONFITTA ANNUNCIA NUOVA GLORIA IN LUCE DI PACE IN FRATELLANZA DI UMANO LAVORO MANTOVA GUIDIZZOLO - ROMA FOSSE ARDEATINE N. 17-X-1917 . M. 24-III-1944

English translation: BRUNO RODELLA MARTYR OF THE RISORGIMENTO ON THE PROFANED ALTARS OF ROME HELD THE FLAME OF BELFIORE TO THE PEOPLE OF ITALY VICTORIOUS IN DEFEAT ANNOUNCES NEW GLORY IN LIGHT OF PEACE IN BROTHERHOOD OF HUMAN WORK MANTOVA GUIDIZZOLO - ROMA WAS ARDEATINE N. 17-X-1917. M. 24-III-1944 [AWS Translate]

, Guidizzolo, Italy

Edmund Nye 1797-1863 Thomas Barton 1819-1903 lived and made Tunbridge ware here 1845-1903

86 Mount Ephraim Road, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

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Olive Heaton Lived here 1925-2017 Always remembered

177 Greenleach Lane, Roe Green, Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom

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