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Sport and Entertainment Buildings and Landscapes NHPP Activity 4C1

Research carried out 2011-2015, to understand and help protect less known and threatened types of sports and entertainment heritage. It formed part of the National Heritage Protection Plan.

Scope of the activity

Our knowledge of sports buildings as heritage has increased in recent years. However, there were still some types of sporting and leisure heritage, which we needed to understand more about, in order to manage and protect them better. They can often mean a great deal to communities, but are often less well appreciated outside of them, were under-protected and were under pressure from re-development.

The London 2012 Olympic Park under construction, image reference 26619_036
The London 2012 Olympic Park under construction, image reference 26619_036

Intended protection results

  • Enhanced protection of significant heritage.
  • In particular, protection through statutory designations relating to the 2012 London Olympics.

Colour photograph showing a view of a bowling green taken from Lewes Castle
The Bowling Green at Lewes Castle, East Sussex © English Heritage
Bowled Over

Bowled Over

Published 19 October 2015

An in-depth look at the history, culture and physical landscape of bowls in Britain.


Projects in this activity

Bowled over

We published a volume called in the popular “Played in…” series to enhance public appreciation of historic bowling greens.

Played in London

Played in London

Published 1 September 2014

One of the Played in Britain series of books on sporting and recreational heritage, this volume offers a beautifully illustrated volume of London at play.


Celebrating London's Sporting Heritage: The Played in London Publication Project

We have published a further volume, by Simon Inglis, also in the “Played in...” series on sports related buildings and structures in London. Using the research carried out in preparing the book, we have followed this up with a project to assess the potential for legally protecting some of the key examples- find out more about the sites listed as a result.

You can access the wider research that went into compiling the book as a free download from our website as the Directory of Sporting Assets in London.

Links to other NHPP activities

Because of a project on seaside amusement heritage, there was a thematic link to our Activity on Coastal Towns (4A3).

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