The English Heritage blue plaque scheme commemorates the link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked. 

Traditionally, blue plaques were only in London, but for a six year period to 2005 they were also erected in a few other cities, including Portsmouth.

Seven plaques were erected in Portsmouth. The plaques can be seen from the public road, but all are on private property, including two in school grounds.

The locations of the English Heritage blue plaques are:

PersonLocation of blue plaque

Lieutenant Norman Holbrooke VC


Submariner and hero of the Dardenelles

He grew up at the house which is now St Johns College, Warleigh, Grove Road South, Southsea
Fred T Jane, 1865-1916
Naval author, artist and propagandist
Between 1898-1911, he lived at 17 Elphinstone Road, Southsea
Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Between 1871-77, as a boy, he lived at 4 Campbell Road, Southsea
Thomas Ellis Owen, 1804-1862
Architect and developer of Southsea
From 1849 he lived at the house which is now Portsmouth High School for Girls, Dovercourt, Kent Road, Southsea
Peter Sellars, 1925-1980
Actor and comedian
Born in the house now the Mayflower Restaurant, 96 Castle Road, Southsea

Commander Edwin Unwin VC

Hero of Gallipoli

Lived at 12 Helena Road, Southsea
Dame Frances A Yates, 1899-1981
Renaissance historian
Born at 53 Victoria Road North, Southsea


Other plaque schemes have operated in the city, such as those put up by Portsmouth City Council to commemorate W L Wyllie, Arthur Conan Doyle and John Pounds, amongst others.

Plaques also include one erected at 12 High Street, Old Portsmouth to mark the founding of Portsmouth Football Club in 1898.

Follow the link for more information about  memorials and commemorative plaques in Portsmouth .

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