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Encyclopedia > Blue plaque
A blue plaque showing information about The Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey in Torquay.

A blue plaque is a sign attached to a house where someone famous once lived (or sometimes where a notable event took place) to commemorate that fact. In England these are often blue-glazed earthenware discs, 19 inches (48 cm) in diameter, with a white border and white text, placed on the exterior of buildings or other places. They mark the building's historic link rather than celebrating the person. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (720x664, 470 KB) A closeup of the plaque on The Spanish Barn in Torquay. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (720x664, 470 KB) A closeup of the plaque on The Spanish Barn in Torquay. ... A blue plaque welcoming visitors to Torre Abbey Torre Abbey comprises of two Grade I listed buildings in Torquay. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population - Total (mid-2004) - Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ... Categories: Pottery | Stub ...

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English Heritage's scheme

Under main scheme, run by English Heritage, nominations are taken from the public for people that have been dead for at least 20 years or were born 100 years ago, whichever is earlier. The criteria for deserving a plaque were set in 1954 and include eminence; having made an "important positive contribution"; "exceptional and outstanding personalities"; and deserving of national recognition. If a person meets these criteria, a plaque may be placed on a building to which they have a link. There is only one plaque for any individual. English Heritage is a United Kingdom government body with a broad remit of managing the historic environment of England. ...


London scheme

A Greater London Council blue plaque at Alexandra Palace, commemorating the launch of BBC Television there in 1936.
A Greater London Council blue plaque at Alexandra Palace, commemorating the launch of BBC Television there in 1936.

The official blue plaque scheme in London was set up in 1867, celebrating Byron's Holles Street residence. Initially the scheme was run by the Royal Society of Arts, it was transferred to the London County Council in 1901 and later the GLC. When the Greater London Council was disbanded in 1985, following the Local Government Act of 1985, English Heritage took on the role. English Heritage places around twenty new plaques each year. The scheme extended to other parts of the UK in 1998, with the first plaques being unveiled in Liverpool in 2000. Other cities involved are Birmingham, Portsmouth and Southampton. The scheme has been adapted and used worldwide. The Royal Society of Arts placed thirteen plaques, the London County Council 249 and the GLC 262; there are currently over 800. Many of the buildings which had plaques have been subsequently demolished. The oldest surviving plaque is in Gerrard Street and dates from 1875. The early plaques were dark brown, the current design dates from 1937, with the white border added in 1939. Uploaded to illustrate Blue plaque. ... Uploaded to illustrate Blue plaque. ... Arms of the Greater London Council The Greater London Council (GLC) was the top-tier local government administrative body for Greater London from 1965 to 1986. ... Alexandra Palace from the east Alexandra Palace was built on a hill in Muswell Hill in North London in 1873 as a public entertainment centre. ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest television station in the world. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... 1867 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Lord Byron, English poet Lord Byron (1803), as painted by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, (January 22, 1788 – April 19, 1824) was the most widely read English language poet of his day. ... The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) is a British multi-disciplinary institution, based in London. ... London County Council emblem is still seen today on buildings, especially housing, from that era London County Council (LCC) was the principal local government body for the County of London from 1889 until 1965, when it was replaced by the Greater London Council. ... 1901 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Arms of the Greater London Council The Greater London Council (GLC) was the top-tier local government administrative body for Greater London from 1965 to 1986. ... Arms of the Greater London Council The Greater London Council (GLC) was the top-tier local government administrative body for Greater London from 1965 to 1986. ... This article is about the year. ... The Local Government Act 1985 was an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom. ... English Heritage is a United Kingdom government body with a broad remit of managing the historic environment of England. ... 1998(MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Northwest England, on the north side of the Mersey estuary. ... The city from above Centenary Square. ... This article is about the English city of Portsmouth. ... Civic Centre, Southampton Southampton is a city and major port situated on the south coast of England. ...


Other schemes

Several similar schemes operate (a few with different coloured plaques), often run by Civic Societies or local history groups, and occasionally with different criteria. Westminster City Council runs a 'Green Plaque' scheme which is sponsored by groups campaigning for memorials. See External links below. The Dead Comics' Society installs blue plaques to commemorate notable comedians' places of residence, including Sid James and John Le Mesurier. The City of Westminster is a London borough and a city in its own right, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ... Sid James (8 May 1913 - 26 April 1976) was a film and television actor. ... John Le Mesurier (5th April 1912 – 15th November, 1983), born John Charles Elton Le Mesurier De Somerys Halliley, was a British actor. ...


Trivia

George Frideric Handel (German Georg Friedrich Händel), (February 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759) was a German Baroque music composer who lived much of his life in Great Britain, a leading composer of concerti grossi, operas and oratorios. ... Jimi Hendrix at the Royal Albert Hall, 1969 James Marshall Jimi Hendrix (27 November 1942, Seattle – 18 September 1970, London) was an American musician, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist, widely regarded by fans and music critics as the best and most innovative electric guitarist of all time. ... Mayfair is an area in the City of Westminster London, named after the fortnight-long May Fair that took place there from 1686 until it was banned in that location in 1764. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes (1854–1957, according to William S. Baring-Gould) is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, created by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ... Baker Street is a street in the Marylebone district of the City of Westminster, London, England. ...

External links

  • Blue plaque section of English Heritage's site - includes an list of London plaques organised alphabetically by person
  • London blue plaque scheme - allows searching by address
  • List of blue plaque schemes in other areas
    • The Bourne Society — Croydon area
  • Blue Plaques of Muslim London (current and proposed plaques for London Muslims)
  • HandHeldHistory; WAP guide to London's plaques
  • London blue plaques (more links)
  • Ulster History Circle

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Encyclopedia: Blue plaque (485 words)
A Greater London Council blue plaque at Alexandra Palace, commemorating the launch of BBC Television there in 1936.
A blue plaque is a sign attached to a house where someone famous once lived (or sometimes where a notable event took place) to commemorate that fact.
Plaques for two "music people with names matching with H?nd" - Georg Friedrich Handel and Jimi Hendrix (one of the few plaques for a fl person) stand side by side on 25 and 23 Brook Stret, Mayfair, W1.
The Blue Plaque (174 words)
A PLAQUE commemorating Harold Bride, Second Wireless Operator on the RMS Titanic has been placed by the London Borough of Bromley on Number 58, Ravensbourne Avenue, Shortlands, Kent - the house where he grew up.
The plaque was unveiled on Wednesday 18th February 2004 through the efforts of Mr.
As a youngster obsessed with the new science of 'wireless telegraphy', he intrigued the neighbours by stringing sires from the house to the garden shed - long since disappeared - in which he carried on his experiments.
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