Blue plaques are permanent signs that are instilled in public places in the UK and other countries to serve as a commemoration to famous people, famous events, former building sites, or even serve as historical markers. Particularly in the UK, this term refers to two different senses. One could be referring to the official scheme brought about by English Heritage, and currently not allowed to sites within the Greater London, or refer to a number of similar schemes brought about by organizations situated in the UK.
The main scheme has its origins to the first one that was launched in London back in 1866 on the initiative of a famous politician by the name William Ewart, so as to mark the workplaces of some well-known people. The plaque was administered with success by the Society of Arts in 1866-1901, by the London County Council in 1901-1965, by the Greater London Council in 1965-1986, and then by the English Heritage since 1986 to date. Many more plaque schemes are continuing to be initiated including;
- “Captain of the World Cup”
Erected at Waverley Gardens Barking in 1941, to commemorate Bobby Moore.
- “RAF Fighter lived here as a boy”
Erected at 139 Hendon Way, Childs Hill in 1920, to commemorate Wing Commander J.R.D ‘Bob’ Braham.
- “Football manager lived and died here”
Erected at 6 Haslemere Avenue, Hendon NW4 2PX in 1878, to commemorate Herbert Chapman.
- “Actor lived here”
Erected at 8 Meadway, Hampsten Garden Suburb in 1905, to commemorate Robert Donat.
- “Heroines and mumbles boat disaster”
Erected at Mumbles Pier, Swansea, in 2016 by the City and Council of Swansea in commemoration of Jessie Ace and Margaret Wright
- “Inventor of machinery for large scale cotton spinning”
Erected at Lumford House, Bakewell, in 2011 by Derbyshire County Council in commemoration of Richard Arkwright.
- “Chief Guide of the Girl Guides”
Erected at Shentall Memorial Gardens, Chesterfield in 2011 to commemorate Olave Baden Powell.
- “Creator of the schematic”
Erected at Finchley Central tube station by London Regional Transport in commemoration of Harry Beck.
- “Author of Land of Hope & Glory”
Erected at Godolphin House Common Lane near Eton College, by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in commemoration of A. C. Benson.
- “Scientist, Nobel Prize Winner and his son, Sir Lawrence, for physics”
Erected at Parkison Building, University of Leeds in commemoration of Sir William Bragg.
Erected at 83 Shortlands Road, Shortlands, BR2 by London Borough of Bromley in commemoration of Enid Blyton.
- “Private Secretary to Winston Churchill”
Erected at 1Eaton Square W1 in commemoration of Robert Boothby Baron Boothby.
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