The Birmingham Civic SocietyTree





Below is a list of all current Civic Society plaques in alphabetic order. On many you can click on the subjects name to read more about them. If you wish to see a list of planned plaques, click here

Dr John Ash -

Founder of the General Hospital

House of Fraser, Temple Row

Thomas Attwood -

Political Reformer

Crescent Tower, Brindley Walk

W H Auden -


Harborne Swimming Baths, Lordswood Rd. Harborne

The Austin Village -

Built by Sir Herbert Austin to house his workers in the 1914 / 1918 War

Central Avenue, The Austin Village, Northfield, Birmingham B31

Sir Granville Bantock -


Metchley Abbey, Metchley Rd, Harborne

John Baskerville -

Printer and publisher

Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Broad Street

Edward White Benson -

Archbishop of Canterbury

104 / 106 Lombard Street, Balsall Heath

Birmingham City Council -

For the building of the International Convention Centre, Symphony Hall, The National Indoor Arena and Centenary Square

Lord Mayor's Parlour, The Council House, Victoria Square.

Blue Coat School

Halifax Building Society, Colmore Row.

Dr George Boddington -

Pioneer Doctor of Medicine

Flats on the corner of Gravelly Hill and Hillaries Rd., Erdington

Matthew Boulton -

Engineer, inventor and industrial pioneer

1) corner of Steelhouse Lane and Priory Queensway
2) Soho House, Soho Avenue, Handsworth

Reverend Thomas Bray -


Rectory Farm, Ragley Drive, Church Rd., Sheldon.

Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


11 / 12 Bennetts Hill, City Centre.

Bournville Building -

George Cadbury
Industrialist and Philanthropist

The Rest House, Bournville Village Green 

Cannon Hill Park -

Commemorating Louisa Anne Ryland

The Lodge at Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston Road entrance

Sir Austen Chamberlain -


Giles House, 83, Harborne Road, Edgbaston.

Joseph Chamberlain -


Highbury Hall, Yew Tree Lane, Moseley.

Neville Chamberlain -

Prime Minister

Edgbaston High School, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston.

Children's Hospital -

1862 to 1962

On the site of the original Children's Hospital, Ladywood Road (near Five Ways on the Hagley Road)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -


On the wall of a building in Aston Road North (until recently, the premises of T Startin Ltd. Vauxhall Dealers)

David Cox -

Artist and landscape painter

116, Greenfield Road, Harborne.

William Sands Cox -

Founder of the Birmingham Medical School

On House of Fraser, Temple Row, City Centre.

Dr R W Dale -

Orator and non-conformist Minister

Carrs Lane Church, Carrs Lane, City Centre.

Royal School for Deaf Children

Church Road, Edgbaston

Dental Hospital -

Reception Area, The Dental Hospital, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham 4

Oscar Deutsch -

Founder of the Odeon Cinema Chain

Gala Bingo Club, Birchfield Road, Perry Barr (the first Odeon Cinema)

Guild Hall of the Holy Cross and King Edward VI High School

The AA (Automobile Association) Offices, New Street, City Centre

Sid Field -


152, Osborn Road, Sparkbrook

John Freeth -

The Poet of Bell Street

Bell Street subway, near New Street Station and the Bull Ring

J Samson Gamgee -

Surgeon and founder of Birmingham Saturday Fund

Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street

Thomas Hall BD -

Schoolmaster, preacher and bibliophile

On the front of the Old Grammar School, in the Churchyard on Kings Norton Green

The Birmingham General Hospital

On the original site of the hospital which is now the Offices of CENTRO, Summer Lane, Birmingham

Sir Rowland Hill -

Postal reformer

146, Hagley Road and also in Lionel Street and Severn Street

George Holyoake -

Social Reformer

High Street, City Centre

Major Dr. J. Hall-Edwards -

Pioneer radiologist

On the corner of what is now the new Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham

Tony Hancock -


Southam Road, Hall Green

Joseph Hansom -


Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square

William Hutton -

The first Historian of Birmingham

High Street, facing New Street in the City Centrre

Washington Irving -

American Essayist

Above the doorway of the Forward Trust Building, Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston , Birmingham

Sir Barry Jackson -

Founder and Patron of Birmingham Repertory Theatre

There is a plaque high on the wall of the Old Repertory Theatre in Station Street and a bronze bust and plaque inside the new Repertory Theatre in Centenary Square

Sir John Jaffray -

Co-founder of the Birmingham Post Newspaper

249 Bristol Road (what used to be Edgbaston College)

Alderman W Byng Kenrick -

Civic Leader and Educationalist

Grove Park, Grove Lane, Harborne

Albert W Ketelbey -

Composer and Musician

On the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, City Centre

Christian Kunzle -

Confectioner and philanthropist

On the front of the Abbey National Bank, Broad Street, Five Ways

Lady Well -

An early water supply for the City of Birmingham

Ladywell Walk, Digbeth

Frederick and George Lanchester -

The Lanchester brothers designed and built the first motor car in England

On the front wall of a company called MBC Metal Powders, Montgomery Street, Sparkbrook. (There are also commemorative plaques on 30 Dyott Road and 128 Oxford Road, Moseley)

Lawn Tennis and Major T. H. Gem -

The game was originated and played by Major Gem, a solicitor and sportsman

Above the doorway at 8, Ampton Road, Edgbaston

Lloyds Bank -

The original branch of this bank started by Mr Samuel Lloyd and Mr Taylor in 1765

Between Albert St. and Carrs Lane, Dale End, Birmingham

Dame Hilda Lloyd -

Senior Surgeon, President of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Birmingham Women's Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15

Sir Oliver Lodge -


On the front of the Student Hostels, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston

Joseph Lucas -

Founder of the Lucas Electrical Industries

On the front of Three Star House, Carver Street, Ladywood, Birmingham

Sir Josiah Mason -

Penmaker and Educationalist

Forum Complex, Central Library, Chamberlain Square, City Centre (this plaque is temporarily in storage as a result of building work - to be re-erected shortly)

Military Airfield -

The site of the airfield used to test-fly many thousands of locally made Spitfires in World War Two

In the grounds of St Cuthbert's Church, Reed Square, Castle Vale

John Henry, Cardinal Newman -

Founder of the English Oratory

Alongside the main gateway to the Oratory Church, Hagley Road, Edgbaston

Norton Motor Cycle Company

Bracebridge Street, Aston, Birmingham

Alexander Parkes -

Inventor of first plastic

Old Elkington Works, Newhall Street

Joseph Priestly -

Scholar, Scientist, Theologian and discoverer of oxygen

On the side of the Church of St Michael and St Joseph, New Meeting House Lane, Birmingham

Queen's Hospital (Accident Hospital)

Bath Row, Birmingham

Rotary Club -

The first Rotary Club in the Midlands

On the front of the Midland Hotel, New Street, City Centre

Sarehole Mill -

The plaque commemorates the mill and its association with Matthew Boulton and J R R Tolkien

Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Road, Hall Green

William Slim -

Field Marshall, Viscount Slim of Burma

144, Poplar Avenue, Harborne

Joseph Southall -

Artist and Craftsman

Alongside the door of 13, Charlotte Road, Edgbaston

Spitfire -

Commemorates the many fighter aircraft which were built on this site between 1939 and 1946

Jaguar Car Company, Castle Bromwich

Sir John Benjamin Stone MP -

Pioneer photographer

Taylor Memorial Home, Grange Road, Erdington

Lawson Tait -

Pioneer Surgeon and Gynaecologist

Norton Tower, Civic Close

Edward Taylor and William Taylor -

Father and son, Art teacher and Potter

26, Highfield Road, Edgbaston

Birmingham Municipal Technical School

There are two plaques, one in Swallow Street and one at Aston University

Theatre Royal

On the first floor of the Charters Building, formerly the Woolworth building, New Street, City Centre

Will Thorne -

Founder of the National Union of General and Municipal Workers

Current location uncertain. Was on the wall of Lucas Industries, Great King Street, Hockley - recently demolished

Professor J R R Tolkien -


There are plaques to Tolkien at 1, Duchess Place, Ladywood, at the Plough and Harrow Hotel, Hagley Road, Edgbaston, and in Highfield Road, Edgbaston

The Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Above the entrance to the Members Stand, at the County Cricket Ground, Edgbaston

James Watt -

Engineer, Inventor and Industrial Engineer

17, Regent Place, the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

Dr. William Withering -

Physician and botanist

Edgbaston Golf Club, Church Road, Edgbaston

Francis Brett Young -

Novelist, Poet and Physician

105, Harborne Road, Edgbaston

Sir Michael Balcon George Dixon School, Edgbaston
Francis Aston Tennal Road, Harborne




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