Did you know that Oxfordshire has its own blue plaque scheme? The plaques commemorate significant people and events in the history of the county. There are currently over 100 plaques spread across Oxfordshire, and more are added every year. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the most interesting ones!
One of the most famous people commemorated with a blue plaque in Oxfordshire is J.R.R. Tolkien. The plaque can be found at 20 Northmoor Road in Oxford, where Tolkien lived from 1930 to 1947. The house was also the inspiration for the home of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit!
Another interesting blue plaque is located at the site of the Battle of Edgehill. This was the first major battle of the English Civil War, and it took place in October 1642. The plaque can be found at the top of Edge Hill, near the village of Ratley.
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’ll be interested to know that there is a blue plaque for J.K. Rowling at Christ Church College in Oxford. Rowling lived and wrote some of her books in a small flat on Turl Street while she was studying at the college.
This blue plaque commemorates J. S. Haldane, a scientist who did groundbreaking work in the fields of physiology and genetics. Haldane was born in Oxford in 1860 and he studied at Balliol College. He is buried in Holywell Cemetery, where the plaque can be found.
One final notable blue plaque worth mentioning is located at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University. The plaque is for Dame Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, better known as the Queen Mother. She was the wife of King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen Mother lived at St Hugh’s College for over 50 years, from 1937 until her death in 2002.
Dame Agatha CHRISTIE is another writer commemorated with a blue plaque in Oxfordshire, at Greenway House in Winterbrook. Christie wrote some of her most famous novels while living at Greenway, including Death on the Nile and The Mousetrap.
If you are interested in details, check out this website: https://www.oxonblueplaques.org.uk/