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Southwark Heritage Blue Plaque Scheme.

Updated on March 28, 2013

Southwark Heritage Blue Plaque's.

The Southwark Heritage pioneering Blue Plaque Scheme was launched in 2003 to celebrate people and places of Southwark that have either given outstanding achievement or made significant contributions to the London borough of Southwark.

Southwark is the borough that I am from and where my family and I still live today. Blue Plaques and who, where or why they should be awarded to are determined by the people of Southwark...of which I am one. Any resident living in the borough od Southwark can nominate their choice for who should receive a Blue Plaque which can be a person or a place, and once a year the nominations are all looked at by the Southwark Heritage fund who then in turn decide which of the nominations entered shall in fact receive one that year.

The number of applications received by the Southwark Heritage fund varies from year to year as does the number of Blue Plaques awarded each year. There are 40 Blue packs dotted around the borough to date and 20 of them were awarded during the schemes launch year of 2003.

Sir. Michael Caine was amongst the first to be awarded a Southwark Heritage Blue Plaque

Sir. Michael Caine was one of the very first to receive a Blue Plaque Award on October 1st, 2003. He was awarded the Blue Plaque because he is originally from Southwark & our biggest cultural-icon... he was born in St. Olaves hospital, Rotherhithe SE16...which has since been demolished to make way for new housing & just round the corner from where I live.

When Sir. Michael was awarded with his Blue Plaque he said ths: "This is an award from my own people and I cannot tell you just how much this means to me. It's incredible to be welcomed back to Southwark and to see how great this place has now become".

He then went on to add "This Blue Plaque means so much more to me than a star in the Hollywood walk of fame ever could. I've won a few awards in my time but this one really is the greatest of them all...and I would not have missed coming here today to receive it for the world"

Sir Michael then went on to unveil his Blue Plaque which has been put in place on the wall outside what is now a London Ambulance Station at the site of his old birthplace where the Old St. Olaves Hospital once stood which is now called Ann Moss Way, Rotherhithe SE16 and also home to The Chaucer Community Resource Center which serves the mental-health needs of the local community.

Sir Michael Caine

Sir Michael Caine: The Biography
Sir Michael Caine: The Biography

Born in Southwark, the Great British actor Sir Michael Caine still talks fondly of his time spent in Southwark.

 

Blue Plaques Awarded 2008 - 2009

These are the ten award winners for the Blue Plaques for 2008 - 2009. The plaques once awarded are hung on the outside of the home of each award winner where it hangs for ever more for the world to see.

The winners of the Blue Plaques are always more than happy to have their award hung outside their home as these Blue Plaques are considered as being the best excellence award they could possibly receive...much like the purple stars awarded to lensmasters here on squidoo.

  • Bermondsey Abbey

  • Charlie Drake

  • East Street Market

  • Father Nick Richard (The Vicar Who Married My Husband & I)

  • Keib Thomas

  • Kenny Sansom

  • Nunhead Cemetary

  • Peter Tatchel

  • Sam King MBE (Member of the British Empire)

  • St.Giles Door - Summer House

There were six Blue Plaques awarded in 2007

There isn't any pre-set number of Blue Plaques awarded each year and in 2007 there were only six Blue Plaque winners.

  • Anne Shelton

  • Bert Hardy

  • Edward Turner

  • Sir. Henry Cooper

  • John Harvard

  • The Rotherhithe Picture Research & Sands Film Studios

Sir. Henry Cooper, ex-heavyweight boxing champion received his Blue Plaque for being one of Southwarks top Sporting icons in 2007. The plaque hangs at the site where Sir. Henry used to train in upstairs gym of "The Thomas A Becket" pub in Southwark's famous Old Kent Road.

Sir. Henry told reporters at the un-veiling event "I lost loads of sweat in the gym upstairs starting from 1954 when I was training here 6 days a week"

Southwark born Sir.Henry was chosen as the top sporting icon for Southwark by the Southwark community of which I am one in 2007.

The Southwark Heritage Blue Plaque which was awarded to Sir. Henry Cooper was the first of all the awarded plaques to actually go up in 2008...almost five years after the scheme was launched. This plaque can be seen adourning the outside wall of the old "Thoma A Becket pub in Southwark's world famous Old Kent Road, London SE1.

Henry Cooper - World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Henry Cooper 1934-2011: The Authorised Biography
Henry Cooper 1934-2011: The Authorised Biography

Henry Cooper~THe Biography of the World Champion Boxer from Southwark.

 

2006 saw just three Blue Plaques awarded

Harry Cole

Manzes Pie and Mash Shop

Octavia Hill

Another eight Blue Plaques went up in 2005

Charlie Chaplin

Peek Freans biscuit factory

Phyllis Persall

Manze's pie and mash shop

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Richard Carr Gomm

Rose Theatre

Una Marson

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin

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Charlie Chaplins Own Story (Illustrated)

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Charlie Chaplin - The Classic Collection
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City Lights (Silent)
City Lights (Silent)

City Lights DVD movie starring Charlie Chaplin

 
The Kid (Enhanced Edition)
The Kid (Enhanced Edition)

The Kid ( enhanced spl edition DVD ) starring Charlie Chaplin

 

Some More Pictures of The Blue Plaques Which Can Be Seen Adourning Forty Walls All Across The London Borough Of Southwark

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Sir. Ian McKellan un-veilingThe Rose Theatre Blue Plaque.The Rotherhithe Picture Project & Sands Film Studio's Blue Plaque.Manzies tarditional Pie n Mash Shop proudly has their Blue Plaque award hanging up for all their customers to see inside the shop.
Sir. Ian McKellan un-veilingThe Rose Theatre Blue Plaque.
Sir. Ian McKellan un-veilingThe Rose Theatre Blue Plaque.
The Rotherhithe Picture Project & Sands Film Studio's Blue Plaque.
The Rotherhithe Picture Project & Sands Film Studio's Blue Plaque.
Manzies tarditional Pie n Mash Shop proudly has their Blue Plaque award hanging up for all their customers to see inside the shop.
Manzies tarditional Pie n Mash Shop proudly has their Blue Plaque award hanging up for all their customers to see inside the shop.

2004 Blue Plaques

The Year 2004 saw just three Blue Plaques awarded

  • The Pioneer Centre

  • Time and Talents

  • Tommy Steele

The Blue Plaques of 2003

2003 saw the launch of Southwark Heritage's Blue Plaque Scheme and awarded twenty Blue Plaques for that 1st year.

  • Bobby Abel

  • Borough Market

  • The Clink

  • Charles Babbage

  • Charles Dickens

  • Druid Street Arch Bombing

  • Edgar Kail

  • Enid Blyton

  • Fire at Surrey Docks

  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel

  • Oliver Goldsmith

  • Mary Wollstonecraft

  • Sir. Michael Caine

  • Michael Faraday

  • Rio Ferdinand

  • Sailing of The Mayflower

  • Sam Wanamaker

  • Stainer Street Arch Bombing

  • The Tabard Inn

  • Sir. George Livesy

The 1st woman to be awarded a Blue Plaque in 2003 was children's author Enid Blyton.

Enid was born on 11th August i1897 in a small flat above a shop in Southwark's East Dulwich. She has sold over 60 million books which have been translated into 70 different languages and was the people of Southwark's choice to receive one of the very 1st Blue Plaques.

The book "Noddy goes to Toyland" became a household name in 1949 and brought Enid much criticism for sexism, racism and snobbishness and by the 1950's Enid's book's were banned material from many of Britain's libraries countrywide.

Yet having survived the book's of Enid Blyton remain popular to children the world over even today.

Southwark - Southwark has many famous places of interest for everyone.

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Southwark and the South Bank Insight Pocket Guide: From Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge
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A great guide for all visitors to London. Southwark has many famous sights which should not be missed when you visit London.

 

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Interesting read. Thanks for sharing this with me.