Spencer said: “We have to be dispassionate about our judgement and decide every case on its merit. The plaque has to commemorate a public figure who has been dead for at least 20 years, to ensure a sufficient degree of hindsight. There also has to be a very strong connection with London.”
Councils across the country have established similar schemes. London now has more than 930 – each ceramic plaque costs English Heritage £1,200 to cast and can cost a similar amount to install.
LONDON’S MOTORSPORT PLAQUES
English Heritage has a number of blue plaques in the capital related to motoring. However, there may be others put up by individual local authorities…
Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell
Sir Malcolm Campbell moved to Canbury, Kingston Hill, Kingston-upon-Thames in 1919. His son Donald was born two years later. Between them they set ten land speed records and 11 on the water. The two-storey detached house is now a school.
32 Parkside, Mill Hill, was owned by the motor racing ace for 12 years from 1960. It was also the childhood home of his son, world champion Damon. Hill remains the only driver in history to win the ‘triple crown’ of Le Mans, Indianapolis and Formula One.