Plaque History

These fantastic, circular markers are some of London’s most cherished reminders of its incredible past. Each plaque stands dutifully, rain or shine, on the very buildings where exceptional people made invaluable contributions to humanity. We’re talking Londoners like Charles Dickens, Emmeline Pankhurst, Enid Blyton and Samuel Pepys to name but a few.

With over 900 blue dots scattered throughout London, they may seem as common as muck, but English Heritage don’t just go plastering them up willy-nilly. As with all good things British, there are rules. So how do you make it into this elite circle (forgive the pun)? Two criteria: be famous – really, really famous, and be dead – really, really dead. Not so easy for us Joe Bloggs … until now!

Blue Plaque History

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