Heritage plaques erected in Bath

Frankie Roberto made this Freedom of Information request to Bath and North East Somerset Council

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Frankie Roberto

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am doing a project looking at heritage 'plaques' affixed to buildings in towns and cities across the UK.

English Heritage (who run the blue plaque scheme in London) have suggested to me that there has been a successful heritage plaque scheme run in Bath.

Could you tell me whether such a scheme is still in operation, and if so, what the process and criteria for public nominations are?

Could you also send me a list of existing plaques which have installed? Preferably this list would include the location of the plaque, the inscription, the date it was installed, and any other relevant information.

One of the things I would like to do with the data is to build a map of all the plaques in the UK, which people can access via their mobile phones. I'd very much appreciate any help you can give me with this project!

Yours faithfully,

Frankie Roberto

Information Governance, Bath and North East Somerset Council

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Information Governance, Bath and North East Somerset Council

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Dear Frankie,

Thank you for your information request.

Please find attached a list of all known plaques to famous residents, plus
plaques to notable architects. I am afraid we do not hold information as
to the exact text of each plaque, and the date that each plaque was

There are also two very good books on this subject, containing brief
biographies of each person: 'They came to Bath' by William Lowndes (pub.
Redcliffe Press, 1987); 'Known at this address' by LesleyFlash (pub.Bath
City Council, 1982).

Lowndes' book indicates whether or not a plaque exists to the person
described. His book also describes in its introduction how the bronze
plaque scheme was set up by Bath City Council in 1898.

In the [1]Council's archive collections we hold correspondence files
relating to the numerous unveiling ceremonies which took place between
1898 and the 1930s, when the majority of the existing plaques were
installed. If you would like to view this information you will need to
attend the Council's offices. The Council's archivist also holds a map
published in the 1930s showing the location of the addresses of all famous
historical residents of Bath, although not all locations will bear a
plaque. If you would like to receive a copy of this map (hard copy only)
please let me know.

We would also refer you to the [2]Bath Preservation Trust and the Bath
Society who may hold further information on this matter.

Bath Society
Green Pk Station
United Kingdom
Telephone: 01225 318253

The Council's Historic Environment Team Leader has advised that new
plaques fixed to listed buildings may well require approval from the
Council but the majority that he has noted appear to be long established
and could well pre-date the need for listed building consent. He states
that he is not aware of any current scheme administered by the Council and
does not recall any relevant applications submitted over the past 18

If you have any further queries, please let us know.

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Information, Mr Jeff Wring at the Guildhall, High St, Bath BA1 5AW
[3]mailto:[email address].

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decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Amanda Osborne, Information Compliance Manager

Risk and Assurance Services

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Telephone: 01225 396872

Facsimile: 01225 477387


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Alan Thwaite left an annotation ()

There is also a publication (out of print but in Bath Library) called 'Historic Map of Bath' by T Sturge Cotterell, which shows all the 241 locations he lists. There is an index of names (more complete than Lowndes, I think) in an accompanying booklet of about 35 pages.

Roger Houghton left an annotation ()

There's a full list with photos here: http://bath-heritage.co.uk