York Civic Trust has been placing commemorative plaques to places and people on buildings since the late 1940s. There are now more than a hundred plaques spread around the city in bronze, wood, slate, aluminium and glass (and one in Amsterdam). The majority mark buildings or places of interest, but there are many to influential people with York connections.
We have created trails to link some of our plaques together and explore aspects of Yor’s heritage.
York’s next blue plaque? You tell us!
There are exciting proposed new blue plaques being suggested by the public all the time. You can see some of the latest suggestions here, and have your say which should be unveiled next!
Or suggest a new blue plaque yourself!
…To be considered for a blue plaque, nominations must be judged to meet most of the relevant criteria as set out below:
- The person or place had a long-standing or significant connection to York
- If a person, they had a link to a building or place that exists to this day.
- If a person, they made a major and positive contribution to their field that is widely recognised
- The person or place has the power to educate, surprise or inspire others to this day
- The person or place has no other plaque in York
- The person or place has made a major contribution to the history of York or the United Kingdom
- If a person, they have been deceased for twenty years
- AND THE BIG ONE … Why now? Is there an upcoming date (such as a commemoration or an event) that has significance with the person or place?
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
Alcuin of York
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
Association of Voluntary Guides, York Library
Auden, W H
Grinling Gibbons (carving in Fairfax House)
North Eastern Railway Distant Signal
Our Lady’s Row
Ship’s Figurehead, Stonegate
Shipton Street School
Siege of York
Snow, Dr John
Stonegate, via praetoria
Streets of York: An Introduction, including Aldwark and Coney St
St Andrew Society of York
St Anthony’s Hall
St George’s Cinema, Fairfax House
St Leonard’s Hospital
St Margaret’s School
St Martin le Grand
St Michael le Belfrey
St Sampson’s Church
St Stephen’s Orphanage
St William’s College
York College for Girls, Petergate
York County Hospital
York Railway Station 1977
York Railway Station 2004
York Railway Station Zero Post
Yorkshire Gentlemen’s Cricket Club, Davygate
Yorkshire Museum & Gardens
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)