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Terence MacSwiney blue plaque

Jez says, "This slightly seditious plaque appeared in Brixton. Nice use of grafitti."

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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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Дом дворянина Михаила Петровича Родионова, позднее купца Александра Дмитриевича Сачкова. Перестроен по проекту в 1890 г. Здесь в начале XX в. располагалась Губернская типография

ул. Ленина, 65, Ulyanovsk, Russia

Texas Historical Marker #05039

St. John Lutheran Church. The area around Coryell City was settled in the 1880s by a number of German immigrant families. Desiring to worship in their native language, a group of settlers began meeting together in homes. The Rev. Johannes Barthel of the Luthern Church occassionally conducted services for the settlers. He was succeeded by the Rev. R. Seils, who officially organized St. John Luthern Church on December 7, 1889, in the Home of Fritz Wiede. The congregation purchased two acres of land and built their first sancturary in 1890. It was replaced by a larger structure in 1908, which served the congregation until it was destroyed by fire in 1921. A new sanctuary built that year was replaced by a red brick structure in 1959. Worship services were periodically conducted in the German language until 1952, despite some ill feeling the practice caused during the years of World War I. Adjacent to the church is the St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Dating to the 1890s, it is the final resting place of many church and community members, including verterans of World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. #5039

?, Coryell City, TX, United States

In memory of the victims of the "Essex Witch Hunts" who were imprisoned in Colchester Castle. In the 16th and 17th centuries, over 200 women and men were held in the cells of Colchester Castle on charges of witchcraft. Many died while awaiting their trial. Much of the evidence was based on superstition, ignorance and hysteria. This plaque is placed as a memorial to them all and in the hope of an end to persecution and intolerance.

Castle Park, Colchester, United Kingdom

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Sir Julius Benedict (1804-1885) musical composer lived and died here

2 Manchester Square, Westminster, W1, London, United Kingdom

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Horsham hoard [full inscription unknown]

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Reha Schlesinger [full inscription unknown]

English translation: Reha Schlesinger

Giesebrechtstraße 18, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany

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Texas Historical Marker #01867

First Shot of the Texas Revolution. One and one-half miles from here the first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired from a small cannon by Texans under the command of Col. John H. Moore, October 2, 1835. #1867

?, Gonzales, TX, United States

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The Black Horse This public house was built in 1929 and opened on 1st December. It was designed by Francis Goldsbrough and is one of the largest and finest examples in the country of a 'Brewer's Tudor' style public house. The Black Horse replaced a much smaller pub of the same name that stood on the site. These premises were refurbished by J.D. Wetherspoon in May 2010.

The Black Horse - Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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To commemorate the visit of Her Majesty the Queen on 15 March 1985

Old Grammar School - Church Street, Ashbourne, United Kingdom

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Fritz Strauss [full inscription unknown]

English translation: Fritz Strauss

Helmstedter Str. 29, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany

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Henriette Bourque 1903-1997 Première femme à avoir travaillé comme avocate au ministère de la Justice. Madame Bourque est arrivée première de classe parmi 80 étudiants, à la faculté de droit de l'Université de Montréal lorsqu'elle a obtenu son diplôme en 1933. Quelques années plus tard, elle a obtenu un doctorat en droit de l'Université de Paris. Madame Bourque a travaillé au ministère de la Justice de 1939 à 1949. Elle aimait le droit pour «sa qualité morale et spirituelle qui va bien au-delà des simples mots» et définissait la tâche de l'avocat comme «essayer de traduire en termes pratiques les idéaux du comportment humain». On se souviendra d'elle comme étant une pionnière dans son domaine ainsi que dans l'évolution de l'égalité des sexes. First female lawyer to work at the Departrment of Justice. Madame Bourque came first in her class of 80 at the University of Montreal's law school when she gradutaed in 1933. She would later earn a doctorate of laws from Paris University. Madame Bourque worked at the Department of Justice from 1939 to 1949. She loved the law for its "moral and spiritual quuality that goes beyond the dry words on the page," and saw the lawyer's task as "trying to turn into practical terms the ideals of human conduct." She will be remembered as a pioneer in her field and in the advancement of gender equality.

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Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Переулок Боброва переименован в 1995 г. к 50-летию Победы в Великой Отечественной войне 1941-1945гг. в честь начальника уголовного розыска Наро-Фоминского отдела внутренних дел Боброва Фёдора Григорьевича, погибшего в бою, защищая Наро-Фоминск в октябре 1941 г.

English translation:

Bobrova street, 4, Naro-Fominsk, Russia