Saturday, 3 June 2017

Brown Plaques



Today I was reading Lisa's York Stories Blog - http://yorkstories.co.uk/poor-clares-lawrence-street-then-and-now-2004-2016-2017/
At the end is a picture of a brown plaque high up on the wall of The Former Poor Clare's Convent in York. This is no more than 2 miles from where I live and I have never noticed it. There is a quotation from Acts 4:12 followed by what appears to be the first eight lines of a hymn starting "O JESUS, Name of beauty" and finally the initials MB.

I have been noticing similar plaques for some time now. On Whitby pier:



Now when I have been looking on the internet for more information about this I found that there were very similar plaques all over the world. An identical plaque has been placed on Beachy Head. There are very similar plaques at Kynsa Heads and Drakensberg in South Africa, Waterfalls in South America and Land's End in New Zealand. Also at South Karori and at Land's End New Zealand similar, but without the MB initials.
I have also found a Psalm 93:4 plaque at Walton on the Naze but this has no additional line.
Then in the Pinewoods at Harrogate rather different, presumably because there is no sea or running water nearby.
 

Another quotation from Psalms and again the initials MB. I then found an identical plaque attached to a rock at Shipley Glen near Saltaire.




But apart from the English speaking world, I have found similar plaques in Switzerland and Austria. This one is on the Mannlichen above and between Wengen & Grindlewald in Switzerland.


My Swiss or German is sadly non-existent but using a Computer translation I arrive at something like "Green pastures, high tops, snow-covered paths peaks rise to sublime beauty, praise God who's great works can not be “ruhn” by people, to God give praise and awe."


And this one, with a quotation from Psalms was on the Stockhorn Gipfel in Simmental near Berne Switzerland. 



Psalm 111 verse 2 is "The works of the LORD are great, sought out by all them that have pleasure therein."

I have been unable to find who or what organisation is responsible for placing these plaques,but I just keep finding more and more of them on my travels. They are all placed in very scenic places and most of them contain quotations from the Book of Psalms. They are usually relatively small maybe 8 inches by 4 inches (200mm x 100mm). A lot of them have the initials MB and the typography tends to be similar.



Linking with Tricky and Carly at FAST for Five On Friday - thanks for hosting!
Hope you have a great weekend.


 John




11 comments:

  1. Wow! Great post, John. The plaques are marvelous and like you, I wonder what group is responsible. Happy Weekend!

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  2. How intriguing! No doubt the Beachy Head one was placed in the hope that troubled souls might think twice before jumping.

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    1. It is true that a lot of them are in places with crashing waves. You are maybe right about them helping, I rather think there were also Samaritans' notices with their helpline number at Whitby.

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  3. Interesting idea. They certainly look like they're all from the same place/person.

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    1. I am much intrigued, not least because of the widespread locations and more than one language. Thanks for your interest.

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  4. Such an interesting post. I have never heard of those plaques before but will certainly look out for them when out and about. Would love to know if you find out any more information on them.

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    1. I think you will now start to see them everywhere!
      Nothing further so far, although I did go to see the one in York this afternoon and it is very high up on the wall and in no way could it be described as a scenic location.

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  5. Interesting post. They do all look to be from the same source. Also, the view behind that last plaque is breathtaking!

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  6. beautiful photos of the plaques, thanks for joining in with Five on Friday :)

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  7. Hello...nice to see you here. I adore these wonderful Psalms plaques! What a glorious idea! How nice of you to search these out and share them with us.

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