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Commemorative Plaque Scheme

Cedric Hardwick Commemorative Plaque

Dudley Council recognises that residents want to honour and remember the deceased, or a specific event in a public way and has therefore launched a Commemorative Plaque scheme. Plaques will be installed on the building where the person lived or worked. Alternatively the building may have a close association with the person or event.

All plaques follow the same basic layout and contain key information such as dates and explanatory text.

Plaques are individually designed and made to the council's specification, with input from the borough artist.

What else can I do?

In addition to the Commemorative Plaque scheme, families, friends and the wider community are encouraged to consider the benefits to the borough and community as a whole of using any additional money raised for setting up or linking to an existing bursary, award or prize fund.

Planning permission enquiries

For further information relating to planning requirements for your nomination, please refer to our Planning - Development Control web pages.

Blue Plaques in the Borough

The following is a list of the Commemorative Plaques in the borough.

Famous Person


Date Plaque Erected


Details of their achievements

Billy Dainty

22nd February 1927 - 19th November 1986

21st January 2007

Dudley Concert Hall

William Hooper Frank John (Billy) Dainty was a British comedian, dancer, physical comedian and pantomime and TV star.

Dainty was born at Wolverhampton Street, Dudley, the son of a shopkeeper who was based in a shop at the front of the family home.

William Shenstone

William Shenstone

18th November 1714 – 11th February 1763 


November 15th 2007

 Entrance to Halesowen Golf Club near the Leasowes

An English poet and one of the first developers of landscape gardening through the development of The Leasowes, which was his estate

Dolly Allen

April 9, 1906 - 1990

June 22nd, 2008

Civic Hall in Brierley Hill

Dolly Allen was born Doris Evelyn Baugh, at Wordsley Workhouse.

She met her husband Leonard Allen while working at Hackett Brothers’ nut and bolt works in Victoria Street and they were married in 1926 at Stourbridge Register Office.

It was at the age of 69, in 1975, that Ray Hingley invited Dolly to join the team of the Black Country Night Out. She was an instant hit and from that came records and appearances on television and radio. 

Sir Cedric Hardwicke

19th February 1893 - 6th August 1964


Hardwicke was born in the village of Lye was a notable English actor. Hardwicke is remembered by a sculpture by Tim Tolkien at Lye, commissioned by Dudley Council.

The memorial takes the form of a giant filmstrip, the illuminated cut metal panels illustrating scenes from some of Sir Cedric's best-known roles. It was unveiled in November 2005. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Clarkson Rose

8th December 1890 - 23rd April, 1968

21st January 2007

Dudley Concert Hall

Born in Dudley, Worcestershire in 1890 as Arthur C. Rose. He began his career as “A.C Rose- Comedian”, making his first appearance on stage in 1905 at the Mechanics Institute, Dudley. And later forming his own concert party. He was later to present his own Summer Show “Twinkle” at seaside resorts for over forty years.


Contact Details

  • Name The Dudley Commemorative Plaque Scheme
  • Opening Hours:
  • Address Directorate of the Urban Environment, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345
  • Opening Hours Monday to Friday 08:45 to 17:00. Please note offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays
  • Name Dudley Borough Public Artist, Culture & Leisure Services
  • Address The Laundry Block, Himley Hall, Himley Park, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 4DF
  • Telephone 01384 816509