"Blue Plaques in London" London Local Custom Tip by gordonilla
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The first plaques were erected in 1867 at the instigation of William Ewart MP. By 1901 thirty-six plaques were on view, the oldest of which now surviving are those commemorating Napoleon III and the poet John Dryden, both erected in 1875.
The official plaque scheme was extended further until the Greater London Council was abolished in 1985. The first plaque set up following that by English Heritage was displayed in 1986. Now there are over 700 official plaques and most of them are blue with white lettering.
Local authorities and private individuals have erected their own plaques. The City of London has rectangular blue glazed plaques and Westminster City has green plaques whilst elsewhere across Greater London there are a variety of others,of different sizes and colours.
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