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 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 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 Bootham Butterworth, George
Carr, John Carr, William Charles I Coat of Arms, King’s Manor Cholera Burial Ground Clifton Bridge Clitherow, Margaret Constantine the Great Cooke, Thomas Coverdale, Miles Craven, Mary Ann Crichton, Edna Annie Cruse, Winifred, Catherine and Mary Cumberland House
Davygate 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 Hewley, Lady Sarah Hornpot Lane Howerd, Frankie Hudson, George MP
Irish Community, Walmgate
Lendal Tower Lister, Anne
Mahé, Yves Mansion House Micklegate House (John Carr) Milburn, George Milner-White, Eric Minster Close Minster Gates Monastery of St Joseph Montagu, Elizabeth Morrell, Cuthbert Morrell, J B
Norman House North Eastern Railway Distant Signal
Our Lady’s Row
Pavement Peasholme House Petergate, via principalis Phillips, John Pick, Frank Pinfold, Dringhouses Poole, Matthew Praetorian Gate Pritchett, James Pigott Purvis, John Stanley
Quaker Burial Ground Queen Margaret’s Arch Queen’s Path
Railways in York Red Tower Richard III Ridsdale Tate, Edwin Rigg Monument, St Lawrence’s Churchyard Roman Column Roman Fortress Roman Wall Rowntree Family: Joseph and Benjamin Seebohm Russell, George
Shambles 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 St William’s College Suffragettes
Terry, Joseph Terry’s Chocolate Works Tuke, Samuel
Walmgate Bar Ward, Ven Mary Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate Woolman, John
Yeld, George York College for Girls, Petergate York County Hospital York Observatory York Railway Station 1977 York Railway Station 2004 York Railway Station Zero Post Yorkshire Gentlemen’s Cricket Club, Davygate Yorkshire Museum & Gardens York Methodists York Observatory 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)
Some Recent Plaques
13 March 2020, members of the York Irish Association celebrated the plaque unveiling at 64 Walmgate to mark the Irish community who settled in York from the 1840s having escaped The Famine.
The unveiling of the plaque on the York Observatory with Catherine-Brophy of YPS a descendant of Thomas Cooke and Dr Peter Addyman of YCT. 23rd August 2019 Photo: Iona-Miles York Civic Trust
The Trust’s Historians’ Group wth the plaque to Elizabeth Montagu unveiled at the Treasurers’ House, 20th June 2019
Plaque to Sydney Smith on More House, Heslington, unveiled by Father Kevin Melody, with Revd Johannes Nobel (left) and YCT Chair, Andrew Scott (right) 10 April 2019.
Members of YCT’s Historians Group and Chair, Andrew Scott, join the Civic Party outside the Mansion House for the unveiling of the replacement plaque, 13 March 2019.
A large and celebratory gathering for the unveiling of the improved Anne Lister “Rainbow” plaque in February 2019.
The plaque to the York Suffragettes was unveiled 30 January 2019 in Coney Street on the building where they held their meetings by the Sheriff of York, Verna Campbell, foreground right wearing the chain of office.
The plaque unveiling on Friday 11 January 2019 to celebrate the opening of Clifton Bridge in 1963 by Alderman Archibald Kirk. The party included three generations of his family, Councillors Wells and Myers and Graham Frater from York Civic Trust.
Unveiling of the Robert Aske plaque at Clifford’s Tower, 30th November 2018, including The Bishop of Middlesbrough, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Major Peter Scope, The Lord Mayor of York and Civic-Party.
David Fraser, Peter Hogarth, Buff Reid at the unveiling of the plaque to Henry Baines 13 November 2018
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