Famed cellist Jaqueline du Pre and Lolita writer Vladimir Nabokov are among those missing out, along with those from popular culture like Monty Python’s Graham Chapman and Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles who died of an accidental overdose in 1967.
English Heritage runs the scheme, and they said that this happened thanks to a 32% cut in government funding, calling it a “matter of regret”.
Around 40 names on the shortlist will still get the go-ahead, though many are still waiting for permission from the buildings’ owners before they go up.
They added that the shortlist would not be cut down any further.
In a statement, English Heritage explained some of the individual decisions. They explained that Epstein already has a private plaque in London, and that it would be more appropriate to commorate his life in Liverpool. Du Pre already has four plaques in the London area, while the charity thought it unfair to celebrate Chapman this soon without honouring the other Pythons, including John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Jones.
The statement concluded by saying that they hoped to find alternative forms of commemoration soon.