6 Ways to get Yourself a Blue Plaque

Blue plaque

Blue plaque (activesouthwark on Flickr)

  1. Be dead for 20 years, or be born at least 100 years before today’s date – whichever comes earlier.
  2. Be regarded as quite brilliant by other members of your profession.
  3. Make some sort of outstanding contribution to the welfare or happiness of your fellow human being.
  4. Live at the house in question either for a significant period of time, or during an important period of your life.
  5. Get yourself recognised by the average well-informed person on the street, or do something that will deserve national recognition.
  6. If you’re foreign, get yourself an international reputation or quite an excellent standing.

Easy eh? Here are some addresses (and their nearest tube stations) of those actually deserving a blue plaque:

J M Barrie

100 Bayswater Road, Westminster, W2 (Queenswater)

Charles Darwin

Biological Sciences Building, University College,
Camden, Gower Street, WC1 (Euston Square)

Charles Dickens

Tavistock House, Tavistock Square, London (Euston)

Boris Karloff

36 Forest Hill Road
East Dulwich, Southwark, SE22 (Forest Hill)

Isaac Newton

87 Jermyn Street, SW1, Westminster (Piccadilly Circus)

Siegfried Sassoon

23 Campden Hill Square
Kensington, Kensington and Chelsea, W8 (Holland Park)

H G Wells

13 Hanover Terrace
Westminster, NW1 (Baker Street)

W B Yeats

23 Fitzroy Road
Camden, NW1 (Chalk Farm)


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