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#341317 - 8th Aug 2009 8:48pm Blue Plaques Of Wirral
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Past this house today in Oxton and it got me thinking about where all the blue plaques are on the Wirral. This plaque is dedicated to Sir Patrick Abercrombie who was an architect and closely involved in the founding of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England (CPRE).

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Sir Leslie Patrick Abercrombie 6 June 1879 in Ashton upon Mersey 23 March 1957 in Aston Tirrold, Didcot, Berkshire (now in Oxfordshire)) was an English town planner. Educated at Uppingham School, Rutland; brother of Lascelles Abercrombie, poet and literary critic.

Sir Patrick trained as an architect before becoming the Professor of Civic Design at the Liverpool University School of Architecture in 1915, and later Professor of Town Planning at University College London. Afterwards, he made award-winning designs for Dublin city centre and gradually asserted his dominance as an architect of international renown, which came about through the replanning of Plymouth, Hull, Bath, Edinburgh and Bournemouth, among others.

Sir Patrick was closely involved in the founding of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England (CPRE). After its formation in December 1926, he served as its Honorary Secretary.

He is best known for the post-Second World War replanning of London. He created the County of London Plan (1943) and the Greater London Plan (1944) which are commonly referred to as the Abercrombie Plan. The latter document was an extended and more thorough product than the 1943 publication, and for Abercrombie it was an accumulation of nearly 50 years of experience and knowledge in the field of planning and architecture.

In 1945 he published A Plan for the City & County of Kingston upon Hull, with the assistance of Sir Edwin Lutyens. Lutyens had died the year before publication whilst much of the plan was being finalised, and the plan was ultimately rejected by the Councillors of Hull.

From the Abercrombie Plan plan came the New Towns movement which included the building of Harlow and Crawley and the largest 'out-county' estate, Harold Hill in north-east London. Patrick Abercrombie was knighted in 1945.

In 1949 he published with Richard Nickson a plan for the redevelopment of Warwick, which proposed demolition of almost all the town's Victorian housing stock and construction of a large inner ring road.

During the postwar years, Sir Patrick was commissioned by the British government to redesign Hong Kong. In 1956 he was commissioned by Haile Selassie to draw up plans for the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.

In 1948 he became the first president of the newly formed group the International Union of Architects, or the UIA (Union Internationale des Architectes). The group now annually awards the Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize, for excellence in town planning.

He died in 1957.




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#341323 - 8th Aug 2009 9:34pm Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: ghostly1]
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Joseph Mayer (antiquary and collector).
Plaque at: Pennant House, The Village, Bebington, Wirral.

Wilfred Owen (war poet).
Plaque at: 7 Elm Grove, Birkenhead, Wirral.

Sir Henry Tate (sugar magnate, art patron and philanthropist).
Plaque at: 42 Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Wirral.

Apparently, they're the only other three we have.


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#341325 - 8th Aug 2009 9:45pm Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: BigBadStuey]
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Excuse my ignorance but what do the plaques commonerate? 3 aint very many is it so they obviously dont give them out willy nilly.
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#341334 - 8th Aug 2009 10:36pm Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: RUDEBOX]
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#341344 - 8th Aug 2009 11:02pm Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: MissGuided]
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Thanks for link, interesting reading. Wonder why the criteria is that the persons got to be 20 years dead?
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#341349 - 8th Aug 2009 11:35pm Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: RUDEBOX]
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There is a committee in London who get paid sit around a table scratching their arses thinking of who to commemorate. They're all in their twilight years apart from one token 'young fellow' (who must be about 40). I remember they were farting about with one for Jimi Hendrix.
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#341435 - 9th Aug 2009 3:19pm Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: DavidB]
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I could be wrong but I seem to remember that there's one on the house opposite the Pub in Ness (The Wheatsheaf ?) which is where Lady Hamilton was born:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma,_Lady_Hamilton

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#341440 - 9th Aug 2009 4:01pm Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: philmch]
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Wilfred Owen


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#342125 - 13th Aug 2009 12:06am Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Interesting Info thanks. Here is something you may have seen already that is partly related to this post.

Interesting Blue Plaque

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#342126 - 13th Aug 2009 12:26am Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: ghostly1]
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Originally Posted By: ghostly1
Interesting Info thanks. Here is something you may have seen already that is partly related to this post.

Interesting Blue Plaque
Not sure if I have been there or am I going there sometime??????
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#342382 - 14th Aug 2009 7:31am Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: diggingdeeper]
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That bloody Tardis playing up again!!!!

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#641864 - 22nd Dec 2011 10:42pm Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: mindplayer]
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why isnt there a blue plaque on Laird street for william ralph dean,unlike most of the others he was born in birkenhead.

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#642774 - 25th Dec 2011 11:36pm Re: Blue Plaques Of Wirral [Re: ghostly1]
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There probably would be, but his house (325 Laird Street) was demolished.

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