Plaques and Memorials

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Plaques and Memorials is a list of blue plaques and memorials installed in public places of United Kingdom to commemorate a link between that location and J.R.R. Tolkien and his family. Often made by The Tolkien Society and local institucions.


Sarehole Mill,Hall Green,Birmingham[edit]

The text of the plaque reads:

Birmingham Civic Society 2002
Site of water Mill since 1543
Used by Matthew Boulton in mid 18th century
Rebuilt 1768
INSPIRED J.R.R. Tolkien1896-1900
The Tolkien Society

Birmingham Civic Society with The Tolkien Society made the blueplaque at 15 August 2002.[1]

1 Duchess Place,Edgbaston,Birmingham[edit]

A Birmingham Civic Society Blue Plaque read:

J.R.R. Tolkien
lived near heare 1902-1910

4 Highfield Road,Edgbaston,Birmingham[edit]

The text of the plaque reads:

Birmingham Civic Society
J.R.R. Tolkien Author 1892 - 1973
lived here 1910 - 1911
Tolkien Society.

Plough and Harrow, Hagley Road,Edgbaston,Birmingham[edit]

The text of the plaque reads:

A plaque in the doorway was placed by The Tolkien Society records:

Presented by The Tolkien Society June 1997
JRR Tolkien
Author of The Lord of the Rings
stayed here
June 1916

20 Northmoor Road,Oxford[edit]

The text of the plaque reads:

Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board
Author of
The Lord of the Rings
Lived here
Oxford Civic Society


76 Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford[edit]

This plaque is over the garage at the front of the house.The text of the plaque reads:

The Hill
J.R.R. Tolkien lived here 1953-1968


2 Darnley Road, West Park[edit]

The text of the plaque reads:

Academic and author lived here between 1924 and 1925. While Reader, later Professor, at the University of Leeds 1920-1925, he collaborated on a new edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Tolkien went on to write The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.


Brooklands Officers’ Hospital, Hull, East Yorkshire[edit]

The blue plaque reads:

J.R.R. Tolkien
Author of the Lord of the Rings
convalesced here (then Brooklands
Officers’ Hospital) 1917 - 1918 during
his service in The Great War.


Hotel Miramar, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth[edit]

The text of the plaque reads:

Author and Scholar
Stayed Here Regularly from
The 1950's
Until 1972
Borough of Bournemouth


University Parks, Oxford[edit]

A plaque on a bench dedicated to author J.R.R. Tolkien in the University Parks of Oxford. The bench and two trees ("Laurelin" and "Telperion") planted nearby were donated in 1992 by the Tolkien Centenary Conference. The bench is situated on the western bank of River Cherwell a little bit south of the High Bridge.

Bank Terrace, Hornsea[edit]

The text of the plaque reads:

Hornsea Civic Society
wife Edith and his
cousin Jenny Grove
lodged here in 1917
whilst he was posted


President Steyn Avenue, Bloemfontein, South Africa[edit]

Reads an iron plaque engraved in English and Afrikaans:

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was born on this site on 3 January 1892.


1984 Commemorative Plaque.JPG


In the chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, there is a bust of J.R.R. Tolkien made by Faith Tolkien. Above the bust reads:

J.R.R. Tolkien 1892-1973
Faith Tolkien
Sculpted this portrait of her
in 1977

J.R.R. Tolkien's bust at Exeter.jpg

External Links[edit]


  1. "Birmingham Civic Society=24 Mayr 2007", (accessed 3 August 2014)
  2. "Oxford Shire Blue Plaque=2002", [] (accessed 3 August 2014)
  3. "Oxford History=2002", (accessed 3 August 2014)
  4. "University celebrates J.R.R.Tolkien" dated 1 October 2012, (accessed 3 August 2014)
  5. "Blue plaque marks historic links with JRR Tolkien" dated 11 November 2013, (accessed 3 August 2014)
  6. "Blue Plaque Book" dated 1 September 2002, (accessed 3 August 2014)
  7. "Old town buildings with a story to tell" dated 9 June 2013, (accessed 3 August 2014)
  8. "A plaque, a Hobbit hotel and a JRR Tolkien trail that's petered out" dated 3 January 2013, (accessed 3 August 2014)