Ely Cathedral from the south east.

East of England Highlights

Follow the latest news on the East of England's historic environment.

The interior of the Unitarian Meeting House in Ipswich is classically grand with wooden box pews and a beautifully carved pulpit.

New Grant Will Save Exceptional Unitarian Meeting House in Ipswich

Historic England awards a grant of £421,000 for the repair of the Unitarian Chapel in Ipswich.

A man in high-vis jacket and hard hat works on the tower wall from a cherry picker.

27 Suffolk Historic Places of Worship Restored Thanks to Government Pilot Scheme

A £1.8 million pilot scheme to help support listed places of worship has provided grants towards repairs at 54 historic buildings in its first year.

Front of former Chemist Shop, 59 - 59A High Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk

88 Places Listed in 2019

88 historic sites in the East of England were listed in 2019. Here we highlight a selection of the sites which have gained protection this year.

Four bronze plaques set in a brick wall with poppy wreaths placed underneath them.

First World War Memorials Listed as Centenary of the First Two-minute Silence is Remembered

War memorials in the East of England which tell moving tales of remembrance.

View along a wall next to a path with a grass verge

Rare Medieval Walls Repaired and Protected in Bedford

Repair work has been completed to two nationally significant medieval priory walls in Bedford, thanks to grant funding from Historic England.

Dovercourt Lighthouse stands proudly from the North Sea.

Heritage at Risk in the East of England

Across the region, 39 entries have been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register. Their future has been secured, often by local community action.

View of small white cottage with thatched roof and yellow doors in a field with no path or road leading to it.

Rare 18th Century Cottage in Peterborough Listed Grade II

Canary Cottage at Knarr Farm, a mid-18th century Fenland cottage near Thorney, Peterborough, has been listed at Grade II.

33-39 St James Street, King's Lynn.

Two Buildings in King's Lynn Listed

Two buildings in King’s Lynn have been listed in recognition of their historic and architectural importance.

Norwich Skyline

Damaging Planning Application for Norwich Goes to Public Enquiry

Historic England has objected to proposals for a 20 storey tower in Norwich city centre as part of a planned redevelopment of Anglia Square

exterior detail of the stone and cob wall of a barn

Mud Walls

Mud walls and buildings are a charming vernacular tradition that sheds light on the historic use of locally sourced natural materials.

South Gate, London Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Interior of second floor viewed from west.

New Research into Old King's Lynn

Historic England’s research team has been studying key sites in King's Lynn to inform future new development.

Flaming Heart Gravestone reads - To the memory of the 78 people who were burnt to death in a barn at Burwell on Sept 8th 1727, this stone was cleaned and this inscription engraved Sept 1910

Immortalised in the East

We explore some of the heroic, quirky, sad, inspirational and challenging local monuments to inspire you to nominate little-known local memorials.

Exterior view of church window and surrounding stonework

“F” is for Flushwork

This year we are compiling an A to Z of architecture in the East of England and asking people to share their examples on Twitter.

Aerial view of Ashridge House and parkland

Humphry Repton's Landscapes

Born in Bury St Edmunds, renowned landscape architect Humphry Repton’s career was rooted in the East of England.

Statue of Queen Boudica in a chariot with arms outstretched as her horses rear.

Power, Protest and Progress

This month we’re looking for epicentres of power, protest and progress as part of our search to find the 100 Places that best tell England’s story.

North Lowestoft street scene

North Lowestoft HAZ

Lowestoft’s historic High Street and Scores are to be revived through a five year scheme run by Waveney District Council and Historic England.

Framlingham Castle with members of the public including children playing in sunshine on lawns in the foreground

100 Places: Music and Literature

This month, 100 Places - a list of a hundred places that tell England’s story - is looking for ten places to represent music and literature.

Period shop and pub fronts on a street in Plaiters Lea, Luton

Luton's Local Plan

In recent years, we've advised Luton Borough Council and influenced the historic environment policies in their Local Plan.

Aerial photo of RAF Barnham Special Storage Site

Cold War Atomic Bomb Store Saved

The exceptional vision and tenacity of one man has saved a unique Cold War monument on Thetford Heath, Suffolk.

Mettingham Castle walls

Securing a Future for Mettingham Castle

A grant of £48,530 from Historic England will fund repair work to secure the future of Mettingham Castle.

Windmill sails

Great Gransden Windmill

A major repair programme is well underway at Great Gransden windmill in Cambridgeshire.

General view from lane showing cap of post mill in background

Drinkstone Smock Mill Listing

It's not obvious at first sight, but Drinkstone Mill houses a sequence of milling technologies which is probably unique in England.

West Acre Priory gatehouse

Repairs to West Acre Priory Ruins

Historic England has provided a grant for repairs to the gatehouse and ruins of West Acre Priory in Norfolk.

General view of the barracks at Stow Maries Airfield from the south-west

Grant for Stow Maries FWW Aerodrome

Historic England will fund further stage of repairs to the most complete surviving example of a First World War Aerodrome in Europe.