List of blue plaques

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Edvard Benes blue plaque, 26 Gwendolen Avenue, Putney

This list of blue plaques is an annotated list of people or events in the United Kingdom that have been commemorated by blue plaques. The plaques themselves are permanent signs installed in publicly visible locations on buildings to commemorate either a famous person who lived or worked in the building (or site) or an event that occurred within the building.[1]

London/English Heritage plaques[edit]

A complete list of the 869 blue plaques issued by English Heritage or its three predecessors in administering the blue plaque programme: the Royal Society of Arts (1866–1901), the London County Council (1901–1965), and the Greater London Council (1965–1986) is linked above.[1] The entries in the lists in are based on information from the English Heritage website. The issuing of the plaques was suspended from 1915 to 1919 and 1940 to 1947 due to the two world wars.[2] It was announced in 2013 that the scheme would be indefinitely suspended until 2014 due to a 34% cut in English Heritage's budget.[2] The issuance of plaques already approved by the advisory board will take place until 2014 when a new form of funding for the plaques will be announced.[2]

Other similar plaques[edit]

Other plaques issued by municipal authorities, societies, companies, or private individuals that emulate the style and function of the plaques issued by English Heritage and its predecessors.


Person Notability Address Year Issued Issued by (colour)
Francis William Aston
Scientist, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 1922 Tennal House
Tennal Road, Birmingham
Charles Babbage (1791–1871) Mathematician, astronomer and computer pioneer 1a Dorset Street, W1 Westminster City Council[3]
Charles Babbage (1791–1871) Mathematician, astronomer and computer pioneer Corner of Larcom Street and Walworth Road, SE17 Southwark Council[4]
John Logie Baird (1888–1946) 132-5 Long Acre, WC2 The Royal Television Society
Harry Beck (1903–1974) Creator of the schematic Tube map Finchley Central tube station, N3 London Regional Transport (grey)
Jack Kid Berg (1909–1991) Boxer Noble Court, Cable Street, E1 Stepney Historical Society (blue)
Hannah Billig (1901–1987) Physician 198 Cable Street, E1 London Borough of Tower Hamlets[5]
Sir William Bragg
Scientist, Joint Nobel Prize Winner, 1915, with his son, Sir Lawrence, for Physics Parkinson Building, University of Leeds
Sir William Lawrence Bragg
Scientist, Joint Nobel Prize Winner, 1915, with his father, Sir William (q.v.), for Physics; the only current instance of both father and son Nobel Prize winners Parkinson Building, University of Leeds
Enid Blyton (1897–1968) Writer 83 Shortlands Road, Shortlands, BR2 London Borough of Bromley (blue)[6]
Robert Boothby, Baron Boothby Private secretary to Winston Churchill 1 Eaton Square, SW1 Private[7]
Harold Bride Wireless operator aboard the RMS Titanic 58 Ravensbourne Avenue, Shortlands, Bromley London Borough of Bromley (blue)[8]
Anne Brontë (1820–1849) Writer Grand Hotel, Scarborough, North Yorkshire Unknown
Hetty King
Music Hall Male Impersonator 17 Palmerston Road
Wimbledon, London
Everard Calthrop
Railway engineer "Goldings", Clays Lane, Loughton, Essex 2008
Malcolm Campbell (1885–1948) Racing motorist, Journalist Bonchester, Bonchester Close, Off Camden Park Road, Chislehurst London Borough of Bromley (blue)[9]
Richard Carr-Gomm (1922–2008) Humanitarian, founder of the Abbeyfield and Carr-Gomm Societies 36 Gomm Road, Bermondsey Southwark Council[10]
Charlie Chaplin
Actor, film maker 287 Kennington Road, London, SE 11 The Dead Comics Society (blue)[11]
J. A. Chatwin (1830–1907) Architect Lloyds Bank, Queen Square, Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Society/Lloyds Bank[12]
Clementine Churchill
Wife of Winston Churchill 107 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire Berkhamsted Town Council, 1979[13]
Alvin Langdon Coburn Pioneering photographer Ffordd Isaf, Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales Royal Photographic Society/Olympus Corporation (blue/octagonal)
Arthur C. Clarke Writer Blenheim Road, Minehead, Somerset 2001 Minehead Town Council (blue)
William Sands Cox Surgeon House of Fraser store, Temple Row, Birmingham City of Birmingham (blue)
Thomas Crapper (1837–1910) Plumber and engineer 12 Thornsett Road, Bromley London Borough of Bromley (blue)[14]
Richmal Crompton (1890–1969) Author 'The Glebe', Oakley Road, Bromley Common, BR2 London Borough of Bromley (green)[15]
Walter de la Mare (1873–1956) Writer 14 Thornsett Road, Anerley, SE20 London Borough of Bromley (blue)[16]
Bernard Delfont (as Baron Delfont) Impresario Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, SW1 Comic Heritage[17]
Grantly Dick-Read (1890–1959) Obstetrician 25 Harley Street, W1 Westminster City Council/National Childbirth Trust (green)[18]
Robert William Dale (1829–1895) Nonconformist church leader Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham Birmingham Civic Society (blue)[19]
Air Commodore Edward Mortlock Donaldson CB CBE DSO AFC* LoM (USA)
Flight airspeed record holder Park Lane, Selsey, West Sussex
86, Grafton Road, Selsey, West Sussex
West Sussex County Council (Blue)[20]
Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) Writer 2 Upper Wimpole Street, W1 Westminster City Council/The Arthur Conan Doyle Society (green)[21]
George Elkington
Promoter of electro-plating Museum of Science and Industry, Newhall Street, Birmingham B3[22]
Geraint Evans (1922–1992) Opera singer 34 Birchwood Road, Petts Wood, BR5 London Borough of Bromley (blue)[23]
Humphrey Gainsborough Non-conformist minister, engineer and inventor Christ Church United Reformed Church, Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board/Oxford Civic Society (blue)[24]
Sampson Gamgee Surgeon Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham Birmingham Civic Society (blue)[19]
Robert Graves English Poet Vale House, Manor Vale Road, Galmpton, Brixham Torbay Civic Society (blue)[19]
Graham Greene Writer St John's Boarding House, Chesham Road, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire Berkhamsted Town Council[13]
Tony Hancock Actor and comedian 10 Grey Close, NW11 The Dead Comics Society (blue)[25]
James Harrington
Author of The Commonwealth of Oceana Manor House, Rectory Lane, Milton Malsor
Northamptonshire, NN7 3AQ
Milton Malsor Historical Society
Frank Hornby (1863–1836) Toy manufacturer (Meccano Ltd) and MP. The Hollies, Station road, Maghull, Liverpool L31 3DB
Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807–1889) Sculptor and artist 'Fossil Villa', 22 Belvedere Road, Anerley London Borough of Bromley (black)[26]
Oliver Heaviside (1850–1925) Electrical engineer and mathematician Homefield, Lower Warberry Road, TQ1 The Institution of Electrical Engineers (blue)
Edward Heron-Allen(1861–1943) Lawyer, Writer, Scholar, Scientist 122 High Street Selsey
West Sussex, PO20 0QE
West Sussex County Council (Blue)[20]
Allen Hill Chemist Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford OX1 3QR 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry (Blue hexagon)[27]
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889) Poet Manresa House, Roehampton Greater London Council (blue)[28]
William Hutton Historian Waterstones, High Street, Birmingham Birmingham Civic Society (blue)[19]
Sid James Actor Gunnersbury Avenue, London The Dead Comics Society
Samuel Johnson & Joshua Reynolds Founders of The Club 9 Gerrard Street, W1 Westminster City Council/Honsway C&E Foundation (green)[29]
Charles Keeping (1924–1988) Illustrator 16 Church Road, Shortlands, BR2 London Borough of Bromley (blue)[30]
Marie Kendall
Music Hall Artiste Okeover Manor
Clapham Common Northside, London
John F. Kennedy Politician and US President 14 Princes Gate, London SW7 Unknown (blue)[31]
Albert Ketèlbey (1875–1959) Composer and musician Birmingham and Midland Institute, Cornwall Street, Birmingham Birmingham Civic Society (blue)[19]
Hetty King (1883–1972) Music Hall artistes and male impersonator 17 Palmerston Road, Wimbledon Erected by The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.
Frederick W. Lanchester Scientist, inventor and engineer Oxford Road, Moseley, Birmingham Unknown (green)[32]
Jessie Matthews Actress, dancer and singer Blue Posts Pub, 22 Berwick Street, W1 Westminster City Council[33]
John Le Mesurier Actor Baron's Court, London The Dead Comics Society[34]
Edward Lear (1812-1888) Painter, poet and humorist 30 Seymour Street, Westminster, W1 Westminster City Council (blue)[35]
Edward Lear (1812-1888) Painter, poet and humorist Bowman's Mews, N7 London Borough of Islington[36]
Lloyds Bank (Sampson Lloyd) Origin of bank Dale End, Birmingham City of Birmingham (blue)[19]
John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury (1834–1913) Banker, politician, naturalist and archaeologist High Elms Estate, Shire Lane, Farnborough, BR6 London Borough of Bromley (blue)[37]
Ewan MacColl (1915–1989) Singer, songwriter and political activist 35 Stanley Avenue, Beckenham, BR3 London Borough of Bromley (blue)[38]
James Joseph Magennis Submariner and Victoria Cross recipient Royal Naval Association building, Great Victoria Street, Belfast Ulster History Circle (blue)[39]
(Lord) Mayors of Birmingham of the Martineau family Birmingham Council House foyer
1 Victoria Square B1
2008 Birmingham Civic Society
Karl Marx (1818–1883) Philosopher, political economist, and revolutionary 101-8 Maitland Park Road, NW3 Camden London Borough Council
James McBey (1883–1959) Artist 1 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 Unknown (grey)
Joe Meek (1929–1967) Record producer and pioneer of sound recording technology was born here 1 Market Square
Newent, Gloucestershire
The Heritage Foundation (blue),[40] 2011[41][42]
Joe Meek (1929–1967) Record producer - The Telstar man, pioneer of sound recording technology, lived, worked and died here. 304 Holloway Road, N19 Unknown (black)[43]
Sir John Everett Millais (1829–1896) Painter The Octagon
Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Unknown (blue)
Spike Milligan Comedian Camden Palace, Camden High Street, NW1 Comic Heritage (blue)[44]
Keith Moon
Drummer with The Who 90 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1
Site of the Marquee Club
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) Composer 20 Frith Street, W1 Royal Music Association (blue)[45]
James Murray Lexicographer 78 Banbury Road, Oxford Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board/Oxford Civic Society (blue)[46]
Heddle Nash (1895–1961) Opera singer 49 Towncourt Crescent, Petts Wood, Bromley London Borough of Bromley (black)[47]
J. A. R. Newlands (1837–1898) Chemist West Square, London, SE11 Royal Society of Chemistry
Seán O'Casey (1880–1964) Dramatist Ashburton Road, Totnes, Devon Unknown (stone)
Joe Orton (1933–1967) Playwright 25 Noel Road, London, N1 London Borough of Islington (green)
Alexander Parkes Metallurgist and inventor Museum of Science and Industry, Birmingham Birmingham Civic Society (blue)[19]
Sir William Perkin Chemist Cable Street, E1 Stepney Historical Trust (blue)
Dr Stephen Perse Educator Free School Lane, Cambridge Cambridge Blue Plaque Scheme (blue)[48]
Joseph Priestley Scholar, scientist, theologian and discoverer of oxygen Church of St Michael and St Joseph, New Meeting House Lane, Birmingham Birmingham Civic Society (blue)[19]
Gwen Raverat Artist Darwin College, Silver Street, Cambridge Cambridge Blue Plaque Scheme (blue)[48]
Elizabeth Jesser Reid Slavery abolitionist and founder of Bedford College for Women 48 Bedford Square, WC1 Unknown (green)[49]
Willie Rushton Satirist Mornington Crescent tube station, NW1 Comic Heritage (blue)[50]
Terry Scott (1927–1994) Actor and comedian 32 Tucker Street, Watford Comic Heritage (blue)[51][52]
Peter Sellers Actor and comedian 10 Muswell Hill Road, N6 The Dead Comics Society (blue)[53]
Small Faces and Don Arden 1960s mod group and manager 52-55 Carnaby Street, London Westminster City Council (green)[54]
William Thomas Stead Journalist 5 Smith Square, London Westminster City Council[55]
Joseph Sturge (1793–1859) Quaker, campaigner for peace, extension of the vote and abolition of slavery Eden Croft, Wheeleys Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham Birmingham Civic Society[56]
Harry Relph - "Little Tich" (1867–1928) Music hall comedian The Blacksmith Arms, Cudham, Bromley London Borough of Bromley (blue)[57]
J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer Sarehole Mill
Hall Green, Birmingham
Birmingham Civic Society and The Tolkien Society (blue)[58]
J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer 1 Duchess Place
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Birmingham Civic Society (blue)[59]
J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer 4 Highfield Road
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Birmingham Civic Society and The Tolkien Society (blue)[60]
J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer Plough and Harrow, Hagley Road
Edgbaston, Birmingham
The Tolkien Society (blue)[61]
J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer 20 Northmoor Road
Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board (blue)[62]
Edward Turner (1901–1973) Motorcycle designer 8, Philip Walk, Peckham SE15 Southwark Council[63]
William Turner (1789–1862) Artist 16 St John Street, Oxford Oxford Civic Society[64]
Barnes Wallis (1887–1979) Pioneer of aircraft design and inventor of the Bouncing Bomb 241 New Cross Road, New Cross, London, SE14 Lewisham Council (scarlet)
Sam Wanamaker (1919–1993) Visionary who recreated Shakespeare's Globe Bankside, SE1 Southwark Council[65]
Baron Dickinson Webster (1818–1860) Wire manufacturer Penns Hall, Birmingham
52°32′11″N 1°48′29″W / 52.536484°N 1.808112°W / 52.536484; -1.808112
Sutton Coldfield Civic Society (blue)
H. G. Wells (1866–1846) Writer Chiltern Court, Baker Street, NW1 Unknown (blue)[66]
H. G. Wells (1866–1846) Writer Primark Store, Market Place, Bromley, BR1
The H. G. Wells Society (scarlet)[67]
William Willett (1856–1915) Campaigner for daylight saving time The Cedars, Camden Park Road, Chislehurst London Borough of Bromley (blue)[68]
Kenneth Williams Comedy actor 57 Marchmont Street, WC1 The Heritage Foundation
Ted Willis, Baron Willis (1918–1992) Playwright 5 Shepherds Green, Chislehurst, BR7 London Borough of Bromley (blue)[69]

Places, organisations, or other[edit]

Clink Blue Plaque.
Organisation, place, or event Description Location Year Issued Issued by (colour)
The Clink Notorious prison in Southwark Clink Street, London SE1 Issued by London Borough of Southwark (Blue)
Live at Leeds Site of legendary live recording by The Who The Refectory of the Leeds University Union, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire 2006[70] Leeds Civic Trust (Blue)


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  7. ^ About This Plaque
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  9. ^ "London Borough of Bromley - Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885-1948)". 
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  33. ^ "London Remembers". London Remembers. 
  34. ^ "Welcome to Carry On Line - home of the Carry On films". 
  35. ^ Edward Lear at Open Plaques
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  37. ^ London Borough of Bromley | Sir John Lubbock, the First Lord Avebury (1834–1913)
  38. ^ London Borough of Bromley | Ewan MacColl (1915–1989)
  39. ^ James Joseph MagennisVC - Submariner
  40. ^ "The Heritage Foundation". The Heritage Foundation. 
  41. ^ Joe Meek blue plaque
  42. ^ Joe Meek blue plaque
  43. ^ "House Pictures Studio". 
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  47. ^ London Borough of Bromley | Heddle Nash (1895–1961)
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  51. ^ The Heritage Foundation
  52. ^ Powder Blue Internet Business Solutions. "Great Scott!". 
  53. ^ "London Remembers". London Remembers. 
  54. ^ Westminster honours Small Faces and Don Arden with Green Plaque
  55. ^ City of Westminster
  56. ^ "Birmingham news, features, information and sport from the Birmingham Mail". birminghammail. 
  57. ^ London Borough of Bromley | Little Tich (Harry Relph) (1867–1928)
  58. ^ Birmingham: Blue Plaques Photograph Gallery: Sarehole Mill
  59. ^ Birmingham: Blue Plaques Photograph Gallery: Duchess Place
  60. ^ Birmingham: Blue Plaques Photograph Gallery: 4 Highfield Road
  61. ^ Birmingham: Blue Plaques Photograph Gallery: Plough and Harrow
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  67. ^ "The Time Machine Project-Bromley, Kent". 
  68. ^ London Borough of Bromley | William Willett (1856–1915)
  69. ^ London Borough of Bromley | Lord Ted Willis (1918–1992)
  70. ^ "The Who Live at Leeds - University of Leeds".