Southwark Blue Plaques

Down the centuries Southwark has undoubtedly been home to some of Britain’s most famous and influential people and places.

To celebrate them, Southwark Council's blue plaques scheme was born in 2002 giving residents and visitors the chance to decide which local icons, past and present, they want to see remembered with a plaque.

In 2005 eight plaques will go up - one for every community council area across the borough. There are three nominees to choose from in each one, giving a snapshot of the people, places and events that have made Southwark the place it is today.

Over 10,000 people cast a vote for their favourite Southwark icon in the first year of the scheme and in the summer of 2003, 20 plaques went up across the borough to luminaries including Michael Caine, Sam Wanamaker (founder of Shakespeare's Globe), and Charles Dickens.

It's true that other councils run similar schemes, and of course there are the famous English Heritage blue plaques, but we believe Southwark is the only borough which allows residents, tourists, history buffs - anyone in fact - to decide who gets the recognition. They truly are the people's plaques!

Venue Type:

Association or society

Collection details

Social History, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Bermondsey Spa
  • Sir Alexander Paterson
  • Peek Freans
  • Cross Bones Graveyard
  • Elizabeth Newcomen
  • The Rose Theatre
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste
  • Sir Henry Bessemer
  • Sam King
  • National Youth Theatre
  • Phyllis Pearsall
  • Tappen House
  • William Blake
  • Lewis Foreman Day
  • Una Marson
  • Manze's pie and mash shops
  • Colonel Charles Arundel Moody
  • Father George Potter
  • Max Bygraves
  • Richard Carr-Gomm
  • Corbett's Lane
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Octavia Hill
  • Connie Smith

Southwark Blue Plaques
Greater London


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