Notable Abodes was launched in 2011.
In an age where everything is documented, logged and micro-dissected, the founder, Martin Knight, was surprised that there was no central, on-line, easily accessible resource for the history of houses, homes and places and the bio-geographical history of notable people throughout the ages and across the world.
The Blue Plaque system operated by the Department of Heritage and focused mainly on London recognises the public interest and social and historic importance of such information, but is, understandably, limited in its scope.
We feel strongly that the people (not a committee of public servants) should decide who, and which buildings, deserve a virtual plaque or even a physical one.
Notable Abodes believe that every country, town, village and even street has a claim to fame (or notoriety) and has confidence that the public will prove this as they add to and improve on the information held on the site.
In time a resource will be created that will become invaluable for generations to come.
Martin Knight is a British born entrepreneur and author. He has founded, developed and sold a number of media monitoring businesses including Personality Profiles, Premium Monitoring, Precise Media and PressWatch. Notable Abodes is Martin's first venture not beginning with "P".
Martin produced George Best's final autobiography as well as collaborations with fellow-footballers Peter Osgood, Dave Mackay and Charlie Cooke. He has written several other books in the areas of True Crime plus three novels. His recent book Gypsy Joe - about a gypsy who became a professional golfer - was selected as Observer Sports Book of The Year 2010.