Civic Trust Plaques

York Civic Trust has been placing commemorative plaques to places and people on buildings since the late 1940s. There are now some eighty plaques, in bronze, wood, slate and aluminium spread around the city (and one in Amsterdam).  The majority mark buildings or places of interest, but there are many to influential people with York connections.

Map of Plaques

Here is a Google map of our plaques, with red pins marking places, and blue pins marking people. By clicking on the box in the top right (“view larger map”), a new tab will open with a list of all plaques on the left.

List of Plaques

The following plaques are to be found in the City.  Where our volunteer historians have compiled information on the subject of the plaque, you can click on the name to take you to that information.

Abbey Walls Shutters, Marygate
All Saints’ North Street
All Saints’ Pavement Churchyard
Ancient Society of York Florists, Colliergate
Andrews, George Townsend, 
Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School Playing Fields Gates
Assembly Rooms, Museum St
Association of Voluntary Guides, York Library
Auden, W H

Backhouse, James
Barry, John
Bedern Chapel
Black Swan, Peasholme Green
Bowes Morrell House, Walmgate
Butterworth, George

Castlegate House: John Carr
Carr, William
Cholera Burial Ground

Clitherow, Margaret
Constantine the Great
Coverdale, Miles
Crichton, Edna Annie
Cumberland House

Dringhouses Library
Dringhouses Pinfold

Etty, William
Evelyn, Dr William Arthur
Exhibition Square

Fairfax House: John Carr
Fawkes, Guy
Flood Heights on the Ouse

George Inn
Goodricke, John

Hansom, Joseph Aloysius
Herbert, Sir Thomas
Hercules Temple
Hornpot Lane
Howerd, Frankie
HRH Duchess of Kent
Hudson, George MP

King’s Manor: Charles I Coat of Arms

Mansion House
Micklegate Bar
Mahé, Yves
Micklegate House
Milburn, George
Milner-White, Eric
Minster Close
Minster Gates
Monk Bar
Morrell, Cuthbert

Norman House
North Eastern Railway Distant Signal

Oliver Sheldon House
Our Lady’s Row

Peasholme House
Phillips, John
Poole, Matthew
Praetorian Gate

Quaker Burial Ground
Queen’s Path

Red Tower
Richard III (Archbishop’s Palace)
Rigg Monument, St Lawrence’s Churchyard
Roman Column
Roman Fortress
Roman Wall
Rowntree Family: Joseph and Benjamin Seebohm

Shannon, John
Ship’s Figurehead, Stonegate
Shipton Street School
Siege of York
Snow, Dr John
St Andrew Society of York
St Anthony’s Hall
St George’s Cinema
St Leonard’s Hospital
St Margaret’s School
St Martin le Grand
St Michael le Belfrey
St Sampson’s Church
St Stephen’s Orphanage

Terry, Joseph
Tuke, Samuel

Walmgate Bar

Ward, Ven Mary
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Woolman, John

York College for Girls, Petergate
York County Hospital
York Methodists
York Observatory
York Railway Station 1997
York Railway Station 2004
York Railway Station Zero Post
Yorkshire Gentlemen’s Cricket Club, Davygate
Yorkshire Philosophical Society,  Museum Gardens

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The Emblem of the Civic Trust is used on the plaques, along with logos and emblems of other sponsors and funders.

Our Emblem is based on the York Assay Mark of 1423 (under Henry IV). In 1541 it was described as “the pounce of the Citie called the half leopard head and half flowre de Lyce” (fleur de lys).

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