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.

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
Anglian Tower
Aske, Robert
Assembly Rooms
Association of Voluntary Guides, York Library
Auden, W H

Backhouse, James
Baines, Henry
Barry, John
Bedern Chapel
Best, Mary Ellen
Black Swan, Peasholme Green
Bowes Morrell House, Walmgate
Butterworth, George

Carr, John
Carr, William
Cholera Burial Ground
Clifton Bridge
Clitherow, Margaret
Constantine the Great
Coverdale, Miles
Craven, Mary Ann
Crichton, Edna Annie
Cruse, Winifred, Catherine and Mary
Cumberland House

Dringhouses Library

Etty, William
Evelyn, Dr William Arthur
Exhibition Square

Fairfax House
Fawkes, Guy
Flood Heights on the Ouse

George Inn
Grinling Gibbons (carving in Fairfax House)
Goodricke, John

Hansom, Joseph Aloysius
Herbert, Sir Thomas
Hornpot Lane
Howerd, Frankie
Hudson, George MP

King’s Manor: Charles I Coat of Arms

Lendal Tower
Lister, Anne

Mahé, Yves
Mansion House
Micklegate House (John Carr)
Milburn, George
Milner-White, Eric
Minster Close
Minster Gates
Morrell, Cuthbert

Norman House
North Eastern Railway Distant Signal

Our Lady’s Row

Peasholme House
Petergate, via principalis
Phillips, John
Pick, Frank
Pinfold, Dringhouses
Poole, Matthew
Praetorian Gate

Railways in York

Quaker Burial Ground
Queen Margaret’s Arch
Queen’s Path

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

Shannon, John
Ship’s Figurehead, Stonegate
Sheldon, Oliver
Shipton Street School
Siege of York
Smith, Sydney
Snow, Dr John
Sterne, Jaques
Sterne, Laurence
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

Terry, Joseph
Terry’s Chocolate Works
Tuke, Samuel

Walmgate Bar
Ward, Ven Mary
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Woolman, John

Yeld, George
York College for Girls, Petergate
York County Hospital
York Methodists
York Railway Station 1977
York Railway Station 2004
York Railway Station Zero Post
Yorkshire Gentlemen’s Cricket Club, Davygate
Yorkshire Philosophical Society,  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).

Latest Plaques

David Fraser, Peter Hogarth, Buff Reid at the unveiling of the plaque to Henry Baines 13 November 2018
The glass plaque to author Laurence Sterne at No, 35 Stonegate, unveiled 5th November
Unveiling of the plaque to Anne Lister at Holy Trinity, Goodramgate
Father Ken Gabbadon and Peter Stanhope at the unveiling of the plaque to Edwin Ridsdale Tate at All Saints, North Street
Costumed suffragettes at the unveiling of the plaque to the Cruse sisters at the University of York St John
Lupins grown on the York allotment where horticulturalist George Russell developed his lupins were at the unveiling of his plaque at 20, Kensington Street. Stephen Lusty (left) of the Civic Trust with Ian Forman of Bustardthorpe Allotments
President Peter Addyman with Penny Rainford, the great, great granddaughter of George Yeld at St Peter’s School
Home owner, Angela Davidson unveils the plaque to Mary Ellen Best at 14 Clifton