What is the maroon plaques scheme?
The Lewisham maroon plaques scheme celebrates the remarkable endeavours and achievements of some if its former residents and commemorates significant historical events that have occurred in the borough.
There are over 20 maroon plaques in Lewisham, commemorating people such as:
- Edith Nesbit, who wrote The Railway Children
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the leading theologians of the 20th century
- Margaret and Rachel McMillan, social reformers and educational theorists who had a significant influence on the development of nursery education.
Maroon plaque nominations
Help us commemorate Lewisham's past by nominating someone for a maroon plaque.
In order to be considered for a maroon plaque, a nominee must meet all of the following criteria:
- has contributed to human welfare or happiness and deserves recognition for it
- is notable in their field
- is a well known figure
- lived in, or had very strong links with the borough
- is no longer living, and sufficient time has elapsed since their death to show their lasting contribution to society.
How do I propose someone for a plaque?
Complete our nomination form, explaining why you think the person should be commemorated with a maroon plaque.
All nominations will be considered for inclusion.
Lewisham aims to erect two plaques a year and we will keep all nominations for consideration each year.
Existing maroon plaques
Below is a list of the plaques we are aware of.
If you know of any more please contact the Local history and archives centre.
|List of maroon plaques in Lewisham|
|Baird, John Logie||Linnell, John and William Blake|
|Baring, Sir Francis||London Borough of Lewisham|
|Baxter, George||McMillan, Margaret and Rachel|
|Blackheath Football Club||Morrison, Herbert|
|Blake, William and John Linnell||Neighbourhood Office|
|Bonhoeffer, Dietrich||Nesbit, Edith|
|Connell, Jim||Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia|
|Deptford Station||Ross, Sir James Clark|
|Dowson, Ernest Christopher||Shackleton, Sir Ernest|
|Duncan, Leland Lewis||Site of Ladywell Mineral Spring|
|Flecker, James Elroy||Smiles, Samuel|
|Glaisher, James||Sturdee, Thankfull|
|Grace, Dr William Gilbert (W.G.)||Tallis, John|
|Greening, Edward Owen||Unwin, Sir Stanley|
|Greenwich and Lewisham History Trail||V1 Incident, Lewisham High Street|
|Grove, Sir George||V2 Incident, Woolworths, New Cross Road|
|Hepworth, Cecil||Wallace, Edgar|
|Horniman, Frederick John||Wallis, Sir Barnes|
|Jefferies, Richard||Wesley, John at The Limes|
|Jordan, Dorothea and King William IV||Williamson, Henry|
|King William IV and Dorothea Jordan||Young lives lost in the New Cross fire of 1981|
|Lewisham Town Hall|| |
Other plaques in Lewisham
Apart from maroon plaques there are a number of plaques erected by private individuals, organisations and business.