What's Unusual About These Four Blue Plaques?

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What's Unusual About These Four Blue Plaques?

As London's Blue Plaque scheme celebrates 150 years, we wanted to point out some of the quirks of the project.

Did you know four blue plaques feature a different font to the others?

They are, of course, the plaques commemorating the pioneers working for London's transport system around the time Edward Johnston developed his iconic typeface.

Edward Johnston's blue plaque and house at 3 Hammersmith Terrace, in Hammersmith. Photos from the Open Plaques website.

Johnston's eponymous font is also celebrating an anniversary this year: it's 100 years since the typeface was introduced onto London's transport system.

The other men commemorated with blue plaques featuring the Johnston font are Harry Beck, the man behind the Tube Map...

Harry Beck's plaque and house, at 14 Wesley Road, Leyton, E10. Photos via wikicommons

...Frank Pick, the chief executive of London Transport in the 1930s, a man with unrivalled flair for design-management...

Frank Pick's plaque and house in Wildwood Road, NW11. Photos from the London Remembers website.

...and their boss, Lord Albert Stanley Ashfield, the first chairman of London Transport.  

Lord Ashfield's plaque and house in 43 South Street, Mayfair, W1K. Photos from the London Remembers website.

The blue plaque scheme is open for nominations. Who do you think should get a blue plaque?

Last Updated 23 September 2016

Tube Geek

I've said it before, but everyone from Londonist should get one!


The tails on Johnston's lower-case Ls are much more pronounced than on the other plaques. Is there a calligraphic reason for this?


Those plaques are gigantic on those houses. Perhaps a smaller one at the entryway or on a stake from the sidewalk would be more appropriate.

Roy Reed

They're the only plaques to use the Johnston LT typeface.