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List of commemorative plaques in Merseyside

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Liverpool City Council commemorative  plaque
Liverpool City Council commemorative plaque

Commemorative plaques in Merseyside, England, can be found across the region, highlighting notable people, buildings or historic sites. Many of the plaques are issued by authoritative bodies such as a council or a historical society that has a special interest.

English Heritage

In the year 2000, London's blue plaque scheme was expanded to locations outside of the capital. In Liverpool, 14 English Heritage plaques were erected before the short-lived scheme ended.[1]

Subject Commemoration Location Inscription Ref.
Bessie Braddock 1899 - 1970 Labour politician and campaigner lived here 1945 - 1970.jpg
Person Bessie Braddock 2 Zig Zag Road, L12 Bessie Braddock 1899–1970

Labour politician and campaigner lived here 1945–1970

Plaque, 171 Chatham Street (cropped).jpg
Person Charles Reilly 171 Chatham Street, L7 Sir Charles Herbert Reilly 1874–1948

Professor of Architecture lived here 1922–1925

Hornby Blue Plaque - - 97247 (cropped).jpg
Person Frank Hornby The Hollies, Station Road, L31 Frank Hornby 1863–1936

Toy Manufacturer lived here

Tate plaque, 42 - 44 Hamilton Street, Birkenhead cropped.jpg
Person Henry Tate 42 Hamilton Street, Birkenhead Sir Henry Tate 1819–1899

Sugar magnate and founder of the Tate Gallery traded here 1851–1861

28 Ullet Road blue plaque (cropped).jpg
Person John Brodie 28 Ullet Road, L17 John Brodie 1858–1934

City Engineer lived here

Blue Plaque on 'Mendips' - - 1076421.jpg
Person John Lennon 251 Menlove Avenue, L25 John Lennon 1940–1980

Musician and Songwriter lived here 1945-1963

Mayer plaque, Pennant House, Bebington cropped.jpg
Person Joseph Mayer Pennant House, Bebington, Wirral Joseph Mayer 1803–1886

Antiquary and Collector lived here 1860–1886

Noel Chavasse Plaque.jpg
Person Noel Chavasse 19 Abercromby Square, L3 Captain Noel Chavasse V.C. And Bar 1884–1917

Royal Army Medical Corps hero lived here

Peter Ellis Plaque at 40 Falkner Square.JPG
Person Peter Ellis 40 Falkner Square, L8 Peter Ellis 1904-1884

Architect lived here

Sir Patrick Abercrombie 1879-1957 Town and Country Planning Pioneer lived here 1915-1935.jpg
Person Patrick Abercrombie 18 Village Road, Oxton, Birkenhead Sir Patrick Abercrombie 1879–1957

Town and country planning pioneer lived here 1915–1935

Ronald Ross plaque, Johnston Building, Liverpool.jpg
Person Ronald Ross The Johnston Building, Quadrangle, L3 Sir Ronald Ross 1857–1932

Discoverer of the mosquito transmission of malaria worked here

Plaque on 13 Beach Lawn - - 911705 (cropped).jpg
Person Thomas Henry Ismay 13 Beach Lawn, L22 Thomas Henry Ismay 1837–1899

Founder of the White Star Line lived here

Wilfred Owen blue plaque, Elm Grove, Birkenhead (cropped).JPG
Person Wilfred Owen 7 Elm Grove, Birkenhead Wilfred Owen 1893–1918

War Poet lived here 1900–1903

William Rathbone 1819-1902 and his daughter Eleanor Rathbone 1872-1946 politicians and social reformers lived here.jpg
Person William and Eleanor Rathbone Greenbank House, Greenbank Lane, L18 William Rathbone 1819–1902

And His Daughter

Eleanor Rathbone 1872–1946

Politicians and Social reformers lived here


Liverpool City Council

Prior to 2005, a multitude of commemorative plaque of different colours could be found across Liverpool. Since then, some of these plaques have been replaced by Liverpool City Council with new black faced and stone-rimmed ones. Over 100 black plaques have been installed.[2]

Subject Commemoration Location Inscription Ref.
1 Trueman Street, Liverpool Plaque.jpg
Building 18th Century Liverpool Merchants House 1 Trueman St Built 1790 1 Trueman Street Finest Surviving Example Of A Georgian Merchants House In Liverpool [2]
Sir Anthony Panizzi plaque, Picton Library, Liverpool.JPG
Person Anthony Panizzi Picton Library, William Brown Street Lived And Taught Italian In Liverpool 1823–1828. Principal Liberian At The British Museum. Responsible For The British Museum Circular Reading Room On Which The Picton Library Is Modelled.
Building Bank Of British West Africa West Africa House, 25 Water St (Standard Chartered Bank) Built 1920 West Africa House Designed By Briggs,Wolstenholme & Thornely Former Bank Of British West Africa
Building Castle Hey Chapel Pearl Assurance House, Castle St / Harrington St Registered Under Toleration Act 1689 Castle Hey Chapel From Whose Congregation Ullet Road Unitarian Church Was Founded Built Here
Castle Moat House Plaque.jpg
Building Castle Moat House Castle Moat House, Derby Square Built 1838–1840 Castle Moat House Designed By Edward Corbett Former North & South Wales Bank
Castle Street Plaques.jpg
Historic Site Castle Street 2 Castle Street, East elevation Established C1240 Castle Street Lead To Liverpool Castle Demolished 1726
Castle Street plaque at Derby Square.jpg
Historic Site Castle Street 55 Castle Street Established C1240 Castle Street Lead To Liverpool Castle Demolished 1726 Now The Site Of Derby Square & Victoria Monument
Historic Site Chapel Street Chapel Street (West End), St Nicholas Church Boundary Wall Established C1257 Chapel Street Named After The Chapel St Mary Del Quay
Historic Site Chapel Street Chapel Street (East End), North elevation of Exchange Buildings Established C1257 Chapel Street Named After The Chapel St Mary Del Quay Demolished 1814
Person Charles Booth Liverpool University Sports Hall 1840–1916 Charles Booth Ship Owner & Pioneer Of Social Research Born Here
Charles James Mathews (1803-1878) plaque, Basnett Street, Liverpool.jpg
Person Charles James Mathews Marks and Spencers, Basnett St 1803–1878 Charles James Mathews Actor, Theatre Manager & Playwright Born Here
Building Church Of Our Lady Of St Nicholas St Nicholas Church doorway, Old Church Yard Off Chapel St Founded C. 1360 Church Of Our Lady & St Nicholas Liverpool Parish Church Known Locally As The Sailors Church'
Plaque on Compton House, Liverpool.jpg
Building Compton House Marks and Spencer, Church St Opened 1867 Compton House Designed By Thomas Haigh & Co One Of The Earliest Purpose Bilt Department Stores In Europe
Corn Exchange Plaque.jpg
Building Corn Exchange Corn Exchange, Fenwick St Opened 1808 Corn Exchange Designed By John Foster Junior The First In England Rebuilt 1953–1959
Dale Street Liverpool plaques (cropped).jpg
Historic Site Dale Street 1 Dale Street (South elevation) Established C1207 Dale Street Formally Dele (Dale) Street Here It Joined The Dell Through Which The Stream Ran Towards The Pool
Historic Site Dale Street 139 Dale Street (South elevation) Established C1207 Dale Street Formally Dele (Dale) Street Here It Joined The Dell Through Which The Stream Ran Towards The Pool
Building First House in Rodney Street 35 Rodney Street Built C. 1783–1784 35 Rodney Street First House To Be Erected On Rodney Street On A Site Leased By William Roscoe
Person George Stephenson 34 Upper Parliament Street 1781–1848 George Stephenson Chief Engineer Liverpool & Manchester Railway Lived Here
Person Gerrard Manley Hopkins St Francis Xavier, Salisbury Street 1844–1889 Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J. Poet Served As A Priest 1879–1881
Person Goree Warehouses 25 Beetham Plaza Built 1793 Goree Warehouses Destroyed By Fire & Rebuilt In 1802 Damaged In Air Raid In 1941 Demolished 1948–1950
Person Hargreaves Building Hargreaves Building, Chapel St Built 1859 Hargreaves Building Designed By J.A.Picton For Sir William Brown
Person Henry Booth British Legion Club, 34 Rodney Street 1789–1869 Henry Booth Founder & Director The Liverpool & Manchester Railway Company Born Here
Plaque to Herbert Samuel, 11 Belvidere Road.jpg
Person Herbert Louis, 1st Viscount Samuel 11 Belvidere Road Herbert, 1St Viscount Samuel Of Mount Carmel And Toxteth, (1870–1963) Statesman. Was Born Here.
High Street Liverpool plaque.jpg
Historic Site High Street High Street (South end), West elevation of 1 Dale Street Laid Out C1207 High Street Formally Joggler (Juggler) Street Site Of Weekly Market & Annual Fair Here Its Southern End Was Marked By The High Cross
Historic Site High Street Chapel Street – Exchange Building (North elevation) Laid Out C1207 High Street Formally Joggler (Juggler) Street Site Of Weekly Market & Annual Fair Here At Its Northern End Was Marked By The White Cross
Building Hope Hall Everyman Theatre, Hope St Built C. 1837 Hope Hall Revivalist Preaching House 1853–1916
Plaque to James Currie, Liverpool.jpg
Person James Currie George Henry Lee, Church Street 1756–1805 Dr James Currie Humanitarian & First Biographer Of Robert Burns Lived Here
Person John Foster Junior Notre Dame Convent, Mount Pleasant C.1786–1846 John Foster Junior Architect & Corporation Surveyor Lived Here
Person John Newton Orleans House, Edmund St 1725–1807 John Newton Abolitionist & Clergyman Author Of The Hymn 'Amazing Grace' Surveyor Of Tides 1754–1755 Lived Here
Person John Newton Orleans House, Edmund St Built 1907 Orleans House Designed By Matear & Simon An Important Cotton Trading Centre
Renshaw Street Chapel (1) (cropped).jpg
Person Joseph Blanco White Roscoe Memorial Gardens,Mount Pleasant 1775–1841 Joseph Blanco White Spanish Writer & Political Exile Buried Near Here
Lib.Jewish Synagogue 1 Hope Place
Plaques on Liverpool Medical Institution.jpg
Building Liverpool Medical Institution Liverpool Medical Institution, Mount Pleasant Founded 1836 Liverpool Medical Institution Designed By Clarke Rampling William Roscoe, Poet & Slavery Abolitionist Born Here 1753
Lyceum Plaque Liverpool.JPG
Building Lyceum Lyceum, Bold Street Lyceum Liverpool Library & Newsroom Designed By Thomas Harrison
Building Lyceum Lyceum, Bold Street Built 1800–1802 Lyceum Liverpool Library & Newsroom Designed By Thomas Harrison
Lytton Strachey plaque Liverpool.jpg
Person Lytton Strachey 80 Rodney Street 1880–1932 Lytton Strachey Biographer, Historian & Member Of The Bloomsbury Group Lived Here
St Peter's church marker, Church Street, Liverpool.jpg
Building Maltese Cross Top Shop Store, Church St 1704–1922 St Peter'S Church The Brass Cross Marks The Site Of An Entrance To The Anglican Pro Cathedral
Person Matthew Arnold Alfred Stocks Court, Turner Close 1822–1888 Matthew Arnold English Critic & Poet Died Nearby
Building Mechanics Institution Liverpool Institute Mount Street 1835–1837 Liverpool Mechanics Institution Designed By A.H. Holme Charles Dickens Gave Readings Here
Building Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt Cathedral Crypt Opened 1958 Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt Designed By Sir Edwin Lutyens O.M. 1869–1944 Foundation Stone Laid 1933
Building Oceanic Steam Co. & White Star Building Albion House, 30 James St Built 1896–1898 Albion House Designed By Richard Norman Shaw White Star Line Offices
Building Oceanic Steam Co. & White Star Building Albion House, 30 James St Founded 1869 The Oceanic Navigation Steam Company Founded By T.H. Ismay
Octagon Chapel plaque.jpg
Building Octagon Chapel 3 Temple Court (Between Victoria St & Mathew St) 1763–1776 Octagonal Chapel Designed By Joseph Finney Later St Catherine'S Church 1776–1820 Built Here
Historic Site Old Hall Street Daily Post & Echo Building, Old Hall Street Established C1207 Old Hall Street Formerly Milne (Mill) Street Moore Hall Was Built In The C13 But Known As Old Hall After The Moore Family Moved To Bank Hall, Kirkdale In The C14 Old Hall Demolished C1820
Historic Site Old Hall Street 1–9 Old Hall Street Established C1207 Old Hall Street Formerly Milne (Mill) Street Moore Hall Was Built In The C13 But Known As Old Hall After The Moore Family Moved To Bank Hall, Kirkdale In The C14 Old Hall Demolished C1820
Peter Litherland Plaque.jpg
Person Peter Litherland Lewis's Store, Renshaw Street 1756–1804 Peter Litherland Revised & Patented The Rack Lever Escapement Watch Workshop Built Here
Building Philharmonic Dining Rooms Hope Street Built 1898–1900 Philharmonic Hotel Designed By Walter Thomas Decorative Work By Liverpool University School Of Applied Art Gates By H. Bloomfield Bare
Building Philharmonic Hall Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street Built 1939 Philharmonic Hall Designed By Herbert J. Rowse Built On Site Of Philharmonic Hall 1846–1849 Designed By J. Cunningham Destroyed By Fire 1933
Building Prudential Assurance Building Prudential Assurance, Dale St Built 1885–1886 Prudential Assurance Building Designed By Alfred Waterhouse
Building Queen Insurance Building 8–12 Dale St Built 1837–1839 Queen Insurance Building Designed By Samuel Rowland For The Royal Bank
Building Royal Insurance Building Royal Insurance, 1 North John St Built 1896–1903 National Headquarters Royal Insurance Building Designed By James F. Doyle Very Early Use Of Steel Framed Construction
Building Saracen's Head Municipal Buildings, Dale Street 1810–1853 Saracen'S Head Liverpool'S Most Famous Coaching Inn Built Here
Building School for the Blind Former Police Station, Hardman Street Built 1850–1851 Liverpool School For The Blind Designed By A.H. Holme First School Of Its Kind In Britain, Founded 1791[3]
Building School Of Art Art College, Hope Street Founded 1910 Liverpool School Of Art Designed By Willink & Thicknesse Mount Street Front 1882–1883 By Thomas Cook
Building Sir Banestre Tarleton 9-11 Fenwick Street 1754–1833 Sir Banestre Tarleton Mp Major General Born Here
Building Site −1st India Bldgs & Bldgs Architect India Buildings, Water Street Built 1923–1937 India Buildings Designed By A.Thornely & H.J. Rowse Home Of The Alfred Holt & Co Shipping Line The Site Of The First India Buildings Built 1837–1839
St Luke's Liverpool Plaque.jpg
Building St Luke's Church & Gardens St Luke's Church, Berry St / Leece St Built 1811–1831 St Lukes Church & Gardens Designed By John Foster Senior & John Foster Junior Struck By Enemy Fire May 1941 Remains As Memorial To Those Who Died
Building St Mary Del Quay St Nicholas’ Church, St Georges Dock Gates C. 1257–1565 St Mary Del Quay Ancient Chapel Demolished 1814 Built Here
Building St Phillips Church Hardman House formerly Atlantic House, Hardman Street Built 1816 St Philip'S Church Erected By John Cragg From Designs By Thomas Rickman Closed 1882
Historic Site Synagogue Court MetQuarter, Victoria Street Built By Joseph Clegg Mayor Of Liverpool 1748 Synagogue Court Here Stood Liverpool'S First Synagogue & Burial Ground C1750 "Let Them Make For Me A Sanctuary And I Will Dwell Among Them" Exodus 25:8
Historic Site Theatre Royal Corn Exchange, Drury Lane Built 1750 The Theatre Renamed The Theatre Royal 1771 Demolished C. 1828 Built Here
Person Thomas Creevey School Lane 1768–1838 Thomas Creevey Mp & Diarist Born Here
Person Thurston Holland 43 Rodney Street 1863–1941 Mr Thurson Holland C.H.M. F.R.C.S. L.L.D. Pioneer Of Radiology Worked & Lived Here
Historic Site Tithebarn Street 59/61 Tithebarn Street (Beetham House, south elevation) Tithebarn Street Established As Moor Street C1270 Renamed In C16 When Molyneux Family Built A Barn Here To House Tithes Of Parish Of Walton
Historic Site Tithebarn Street 1 Tithebarn Street (Tithebarn House, south elevation) Tithebarn Street Established As Moor Street C1270 Renamed In C16 When Molyneux Family Built A Barn Here To House Tithes Of Parish Of Walton
Plaque on Tower Building, Liverpool.jpg
Building Tower Building Tower Building, Water St Built 1908 Tower Building Designed By W. Aubrey Thomas Site Of Tower C. 1406 Fortified By Sir John Stanley
Building Turner Home (Lodge) Turner home, Dingle Lane 1882–1885 Turner Nursing Home Designed By Alfred Waterhouse In Memory Of Charles Turner Mp
Plaque, Ullet Road Unitarian Church.jpg
Building Unitarian Church Ullet Road 1896–1902 Ullet Road Unitarian Church Designed By Thomas Percy Worthington
Historic Site Water Street 22 Water Street (West End), South elevation of Tower Buildings Established C1207 Water Street Formally Bonk (Bank) Street Here Its Western End Joined The Bank Of The River Mersey
Historic Site Water Street 1 Water Street (East End), North elevation of 2 Castle Street Established C1207 Water Street Formally Bonk (Bank) Street Lead To The Original Bank Of The River Mersey
Wellington Rooms plaque, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool crop.jpg
Building Wellington Rooms 127 Mount Pleasant Built 1815–1816 Wellington Rooms Designed By Edmund Aikin Formerly Assembly Rooms
Person William Ewart Roe St / Hood St 1798–1869 William Ewart Mp Pioneer Of Public Libraries Born Nearby
Person William Roscoe Liverpool Medical Institution, Mount Pleasant Solicitor & Slavery Abolitionist Greatest Of Liverpool'S Citizens' Buried Here
Liverpool plaque William Roscoe.jpg
Person William Roscoe Roscoe Memorial Gardens, Mount Pleasant 1753–1831 William Roscoe Mp Solicitor & Slavery Abolitionist Greatest Of Liverpool'S Citizens' Buried Here
Building Wykes Court 111 Dale Street, Law Courts 1720–1787 Wykes Court John Wyke Watch Maker Worked & Lived Here

The Wavertree Society

Centred around Wavertree, Liverpool, local conservation group The Wavertree Society aims to preserve the area's architectural heritage and has issued its on series of green plaques. Its first three plaque were installed on 9 March 2012 and commemorated the Lock-up, the Monk's Well and Picton Clock Tower. The plaques themselves are manufactured a local firm Photocast Products Ltd, located in nearby Speke.

Commemoration Location Inscription Ref.
Holy Trinity Church Church Road, Liverpool Designed by John Hope. Consecrated 1794 by the Rt Rev'd William Cleaver, Bishop of Chester. Altered and extended 1911 by Sir Charles Reilly. [4]
102 High Street, Wavertree plaque (cropped).jpg
No.102 High Street High Street, Wavertree Liverpool's only surviving example of a Georgian bow-windowed shopfront.
Picton Clock plaque (cropped).jpg
Picton Clock Tower Childwall Road, Liverpool Presented to the people of Wavertree in 1884 by Sir James Picton, architect, historian and politician, as a memorial to his wife Sarah Pooley. [5]
Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool plaque (cropped).jpg
Royal School For The Blind Church Road North, Liverpool Founded in Liverpool in 1791, and moved here, to the site of Wavertree Hall in 1898. Legend has it that these gates will never be opened. [4]
Bluecoat School plaque (cropped).jpg
The Blue Coat School Church Road, Liverpool Founded 1708 by Brian Blundell in School Lane, Liverpool. Moved here in 1906. Architects Briggs, Wolstenholme & Thornley. [4]
The Coffee House Church Road North, Liverpool Probably Wavertree's oldest surviving public-house. In the 19th century it incorporated the Assembly Rooms and the Crown Brewery. [4]
Wavertree lock-up plaque.JPG
The Lock-up Childwall Road, Liverpool Built in 1796 to house drunks and criminals overnight, it later accommodated cholera victims and refugees from the Irish Famine [5]
Monks' Well plaque, Wavertree (cropped).jpg
The Monk's Well Mill Lane, Wavertree Source of legend for many generations, The Latin rhyme means: 'He who here does nought bestow, the Devil laughs at him below' [5]
95 High Street, Wavertree plaque.jpg
The Smallest House 93 High Street, Liverpool Later part of the Cock & Bottle public house, No. 95 High Street was once known as the Smallest House in England. [4]
Wavertree Garden Suburb Institute plaque.jpg
Wavertree Garden Suburb Institute Thingwall Road, Liverpool Two 18th century farm cottages, converted 1912 to be the social, cultural and educational centre for the local community. [4]
Wavertree Town Hall plaque.jpg
Wavertree Town Hall 89 High Street in Wavertree Headquarters of the Wavertree Local Board of Health, between 1872 and 1895. The Latin motto means: 'I flourish in the shade'. [4]


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