High street in Oswestry, Shropshire showing a mix of historic buildings

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Oswestry, Shropshire © Historic England (DP044165)

High Streets Heritage Action Zones

In May 2019, we launched a new multi-million pound fund which will allow us to work with partners to find new ways to champion and revive our historic high streets through the High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme.

69 high streets across England have now been selected to receive a share of the £95 million fund. 

These projects will now progress to the next stage of development and will work with us to develop plans to revive their high streets.

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The High Streets Heritage Action Zone projects

East of England

Bedford
Dunstable
Great Yarmouth
King's Lynn
Lowestoft
North Walsham
Swaffham

London and the South East

Chatham
Croydon
Gosport
Harlesden
Hastings
Newport
Ramsgate
Reading
Ryde
Tottenham
Tower Hamlets
Woolwich

Midlands

Brierley Hill
Buxton
Coventry
Grantham
Hinckley
Kettering
Leicester
Leominster
Lincoln
Newark-on-Trent
Oswestry
Stoke on Trent
Wednesbury

North East and Yorkshire

Barnsley
Hexham
Huddersfield
Hull
Leeds
Middlesbrough
North Shields
Northallerton
Scarborough
Selby
Skipton
Sowerby Bridge
Wakefield

North West

Bacup, Rossendale
Barrow in Furness
Blackpool
Burnley
Chester
Fleetwood
Kirkham
Lancaster
Maryport, Cumbria
Ormskirk
Prescot
Stalybridge
Tyldesley, Greater Manchester
Wigan

South West

Chard
Cullompton
Gloucester
Keynsham
Midsomer Norton
Plymouth
Poole
Redruth
Tewkesbury
Weston-Super-Mare

High street shops in Bedrod, Bedforshire
69 high streets across England have now been selected to receive the funding, including Bedford. © Historic England (DP261574)

Cultural Programme

A Cultural Programme will take place on each of the 69 high streets in conjunction with the main High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme.

Working with local communities and cultural organisations, this will celebrate what is unique about each place. Alongside local projects, we will commission artists and creatives to help bring a very special and diverse set of places together.

The Cultural Programme is also funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by Arts Council England.

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