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Manchester Blue, Red & Black Plaques

Changes to Commemorative Plaques

Manchester City Council has now revived its commemorative plaque scheme after several years of its suspension. Henceforth, plaques will be of a patinated bronze finish rather than the older coloured ceramic plaques. Manchester City Art Galleries are now operating the scheme and further information or details on how to make a nomination (which must be self-funded) can be found via the Manchester Galleries website at

The Previous Commemorative Plaque Scheme

Sponsored originally by the Manchester City Council, the programme of commemorative plaques identified and celebrated buildings and locations associated with famous people, places and historic or important events in the city. Up to 1984 all plaques were in blue ceramic and later ones were in cast aluminium. In 1985 colour coding was introduced as follows

  • Blue to commemorate people
  • Red to commemorate events of importance to the social history of the city
  • Black for buildings of special architectural or historic interest
  • Green for subjects which fall into none of the other categories

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Blue Plaques
The Blue Plaques Scheme recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of science, medicine, innovation, business, literature, arts and media in and around Manchester.
Blue Plaques are erected on buildings where great figures of the past have lived or worked.
Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue Plaque, provided nominees were born more than 100 years ago, or died more than 20 years ago.

Red Plaques
Red Plaques are a later development, and are erected to celebrate commemorate events of importance to the social history of the City.

Black Plaques
Black Plaques are for buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

The list was based on that found on the Manchester City Council's official website at, which by now may be somewhat out of date. However, these are the latest known to exist.

Nominating a Commemorative Plaque

To make a nomination (which must be self-funded) contact Bev Hogg, Project Assistant,
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL.
Tel: 0161-235 8803. Email:

City of Manchester Blue Plaques

Listed Alphabetically:

  • Adamson, 'Daniel - 'The Towers', Didsbury (aka the Shirley Institute);
  • Ainsworth, William Harrison - former NatWest Bank, King Street;
  • Aircrew Cadets - Heaton Hall, Heaton Park;
  • Alcock, Captain Sir John - 6 Kingswood Road, Fallowfield;
  • Alport Lodge, site of - Deansgate & St John Street, City Centre;
  • Barlow, Edward - Cathedral Street, City Centre;
  • Barton Arcade & the Catenian Association - Barton Square/St Ann's Square ;
  • Beith, John Hay - Wilmslow Road, Rusholme;
  • Bradford, John - Cathedral Street, City Centre;
  • Bradshaw, Robert - Victoria Bridge Street, City Centre;
  • Brereton, Sir William - Didsbury Library;
  • Bronte, Charlottë - Boundary Lane;
  • Brown, Ford Madox - Addison Terrace, Victoria Park;
  • Brown, Lieut. Sir Arthur Whitten - 6 Oswald Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy;
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson - 38 Cheetham Hill Road;
  • Carroll, Walter - 117 Lapwing Lane, Didsbury;
  • Chadwick, Edwin - 5 Kingfisher Close, Stockport Road, Longsight;
  • Cobden, Richard - County Court, Quay Street, City Centre;
  • Cobden, Richard - original Owen's College Building, University;
  • Cockerell, Charles Robert - King Street, City Centre;
  • Dalton, John - 36 George Street, City Centre;
  • Early Methodist Preaching Room - Blackfriars Street & Deansgate, City Centre;
  • Engels, Friedrich - Aberdeen House, University;
  • Fairbairn, Sir William - Arndale Centre, High Street, City Centre;
  • Gaiety Theatre - Peter Street, City Centre;
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn - 84 Plymouth Grove, Ardwick;
  • Green, Peter - Cathedral Street - City Centre;
  • Gresley, Sir Nigel - Railway Hotel, Dean Lane, Newton Heath;
  • Hallé, Sir Charles - Duxbury Square, Moss Side;
  • Hallé, Sir Charles - Addison Terrace, Victoria Park;
  • Jones, Ernest - Bow Chambers, Bow Lane;
  • Kilburn, Tom - Kilburn Building, Manchester University;
  • Kingdon-Ward, Frank - former 14 Heaton Road, Withington;
  • Lane, Richard - Grosvenor Street, All Saints, Chorlton-on-Medlock;
  • Lee, James Prince - Cathedral Street, City Centre;
  • Manchester Poor House - Spinningfield, Deansgate, City Centre;
  • Manchester Ship Canal, first meeting 1882 - 'The Towers' (aka Shirley Institute), Wilmslow Road, Didsbury;
  • Mitchell, Hannah - 18 Ingham Street, Newton Heath;
  • Owen, Robert - Royal Exchange, St. Ann's Square, City centre;
  • Pankhurst, Emmeline - 62 Nelson Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock;
  • Paulhan, Louis - 25-27 Paulhan Road, Didsbury;
  • Peterloo Massacre - Free Trade Hall/Edwardian Hotel, Peter Street, City Centre;
  • Portico Library - Mosley Street, City Centre;
  • Prince Rupert - Didsbury Library;
  • Raffald, Elizabeth - Marks & Spencer, Shambles Square, City Centre;
  • Roe, Alliot Verdon - Great Ancoats Street, City Centre;
  • Rosworm, John - Victoria Bridge Street, City Centre;
  • Royce, Frederick Henry - Charles Barry Crescent, Hulme;
  • Rutherford, Lord Ernest - Museum Building, Oxford Road, University;
  • Sadler, James - Corporation Street & Balloon Street, City Centre;
  • Salford Hundred Court - Crown Square, City Centre;
  • Simon, Lord and Lady - Wythenshawe Hall, Wythenshawe park;
  • Smith, Sir Harry - Daisy Bank Road, Victoria Park;
  • Spring, Howard - 26 Hesketh Avenue, West Didsbury;
  • Stuart, Charles Edward - Byrom Street & Artillery Street, City Centre;
  • Temple, William - Cathedral Street, City Centre;
  • Valette, Adolphe - former Manchester School of Art, now Manchester Metropolitan University,
    Grosvenor Street, All Saints, Chorlton-on-Medlock;
  • Warre, Thomas de la - Cathedral Street, City Centre;
  • Weizmann, Dr Chaim - Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham;
  • Wesley, Rev John - Central Hall, Oldham Street, City Centre;
  • Wild, Sam - 57 Birch Hall Lane, Rusholme;
  • Wilkinson, Ellen - Balsam Close, Brunswick, Ardwick;
  • Wood, Edgar - former Church of Christ Scientist, Daisy Bank Road, Victoria Park;
  • Worsley, Major General Charles - Platt Hall, Rusholme;
  • Wright, Thomas - Sidney Street, All Saints, Chorlton-on-Medlock;
  • York Hotel - former NatWest, King Street, City Centre.

City of Manchester Red Plaques

Listed Alphabetically:

  • British Deaf History Society - Elizabeth House, St Peters Square, City Centre;
  • Catholic Social Guild - Chorlton Street, City Centre;
  • Commission of the Peace - Magistrates Court, Crown Square, City Centre;
  • Co-operative Insurance Company - 103 Princess Street, City Centre;
  • Cross Street Chapel - Chapel Walks, Cross Street, City Centre;
  • Fenian Ambush - Hyde Road, Railway Bridge, Ardwick;
  • First Aerodrome in Manchester - Sports Pavilion, Hough End Playing Fields;
  • First Automatic Traffic Signals in the North West - Market Street, Cross Street, City Centre;
  • First Gas Works - St Mary's Parsonage, City Centre;
  • First Provincial School of Anatomy - 70 Bridge Street, City Centre;
  • Football League - Royal Buildings, 124-130 Market Street, City Centre;
  • Japanese Mission to Manchester Lloyds Bank - Cheapside, City Centre;
  • Junior Art School - Platt Hall, Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield;
  • Little Ireland - Great Marlborough Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock;
  • Manchester City Football Club - Clowes Street, West Gorton;
  • Manchester United Football Club - Bank Street, Clayton;
  • Manchester United Football Club - Northampton Road, Newton Heath;
  • Nuclear Free City - Town Hall, Albert Square, City Centre;
  • Nuclear Free Zone - Town Hall Interior;
  • Orford Road Burial Ground - Seabrook Road/Orford Road Newton Heath;
  • Palatine Court - The Crown Court, Crown Square, Spinningfields;
  • Pals Battalions, Manchester Regiment - Main Entrance, Heaton Park, Bury;
  • Pan African Conference - former Chorlton Town Hall, Chorlton-on-Medlock;
  • Peak District & N Counties Footpaths Preservation Soc, St Georges House, Peter Street, City Centre;
  • Philips Park, Upper Lodge;
  • Platt Chapel (aka Platt Unitarian Chapel), Fallowfield;
  • Queens Park - Upper Lodge, Harpurhey;
  • Royal Hotel - 124-130 Market Street, City Centre;
  • Rugby League - Hanging Ditch/Corporation Street, City Centre;
  • School of Chiropody - Upper Brook Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock;
  • Shudehill Fight - Arndale Centre, Shudehill, City Centre;
  • Unemployed of the 1930s - London Road, Fairfield Street, City Centre;
  • Vine Street School - Birley High School, Chichester Road, Hulme.

City of Manchester Black Plaques

Listed Alpha-Numerically:

  • 4, 6 & 8 Bradley Street, City Centre;
  • 69-77 Lever Street, City Centre;
  • Chethams Hospital - Long Millgate, City Centre;
  • Church of Saint Ann - St Ann Street, City Centre;
  • Church of Saint Cross - Ashton New Road, Clayton;
  • Liverpool Road Station - Liverpool Road, Castlefield;
  • Manchester Cathedral - Fennel Street, City Centre;
  • Manchester Coat of Arms -Cannon Street/Corporation Street, City Centre;
  • Soho Foundry - Fragment in Peace Garden, Princess Street, Mosley Street, City Centre;
  • Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue - Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham Hill;
  • Town Hall - Albert Square, City Centre;

Blue Plaques around Greater Manchester Boroughs

Listed Alpha-Numerically:

  • Allingham, Helen (1849 -1862) Victorian watercolour artist - Plaque located at her former residence at 16 Market Street, Altrincham;
  • Baillie, Dame Isobel (1895-1983) - Blue Plaque located at 524 Stretford Road, Old Trafford, the former residence of the soprano with the Hallé Orchestra;
  • Bateman, John Frederick (1810 -1889) - surveyor and engineer. Blue Plaque on air shaft at Mottram Tunnel;
  • Bolt, Robert, playwright - Plaque located at birthplace in Northenden Road, Sale;
  • Bradbury, Helen, Local Artist - Blue Plaque at 3 Princes Street, Lees.
  • Chadwick, Roy - aeroplane designer (Lancaster Bomber) - Plaque located at British Aerospace, Chadderton;
  • Churchill, Sir Winston, MP for Oldham 1900 - Plaque on Oldham Civic Centre;
  • Duckenfield, Colonel Robert of Dukinfield Hall, the Civil War hero - Blue Plaque located at old Dukinfield Town Hall.
  • Ireland, Dr John, composer - Blue Plaque located at his birthplace at Inglewood in St Margaret's Road, Bowdon;
  • Kenney, Annie, leading suffragette - Plaque at Lees Brook Mill, Lees, Oldham;
  • Leech, Thomas Bosdin (1836 -1912), Mayor of Manchester - Plaque erected in Humphrey Lane, Urmston, to commemorate his public service and links with the Manchester Ship Canal.
  • Massey, George - Plaque located at the Unicorn Hotel, Altrincham, commemorating the first gas-making plant in Altrincham;
  • Richter, Hans - composer-conductor of Hallé Orchestra - Plaque located at his former home at The Firs, Bowdon;
  • Rutherford, Harry - local artist (190 -1985) - 2 Blue Plaques, at his former home 17 Nelson Street, Hyde, and on Hyde Town Hall;
  • Steptoe, Dr Patrick - pioneer of invitro-fertilisation (IVF) - Blue Plaque at Oldham Royal Infirmary;
  • Turing, Alan - computer science pioneer - Plaque located at Adlington Road, Wilmslow;
  • Walton, Sir William, composer - Plaque at 93 Werneth Hall Road, Oldham;

    We welcome information about any other Blue, Red & Black Plaques which we have missed around Greater Manchester Boroughs.

    See also:
    Roy Parke's Blue Plaques in Tameside web page at:
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