The Green Plaque scheme
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Wandsworth Council initiated the Green Plaque Scheme in 2007/08 to provide a way to commemorate famous people or places in the Borough, not covered by the English Heritage Blue Plaque Scheme.
Plaques are being steadily unveiled in parts of the borough including Balham, Battersea, Putney, Tooting and Wandsworth.
How it differs from the National Blue Plaque Scheme
While English Heritage operates the National Blue Plaque Scheme in which a blue plaque is placed on a building where an individual of national historical importance lived, Wandsworth Council developed this concept by marking places of general interest so that it includes buildings and sites of local historical importance as well as individuals.
The aim is to create a deeper pride in the Borough and local areas and widen residents' knowledge of the area in which they live by the installation of green plaques.
To be selected, a plaque the following themes are taken into account:
- Residences of past notable residents
- Sites of particular local historical importance
The selection is implemented by Council officers on the advice and guidance of the Selection Panel and Heritage Wandsworth which is the strategic partnership of local organisations with an interest in the history, natural heritage and built environment of Wandsworth.
11 Green Plaques have been erected to date
- A.V. Roe - Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe (1877 – 1958)
- Biograph Cinema
- Clapham Sect
- Clement Richard Attlee (1883 – 1967)
- Dame Margaret Rutherford (1892 – 1972)
- Festival of Britain Gardens
- King's Hall Picture Palace
- Private Albert Reginald Twyford (1901 – 1916)
- Tooting Military Hospital
- Totterdown Estate
- V2 rocket
A variety of organisations have erected plaques within or close to the borough's boundaries and include: