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Highlights from the List

Over the course of the year we add hundreds of new buildings and sites to the List of places protected through the listing system. The List is officially known as the National Heritage List for England.

Rather than celebrate these additions in our printed Designation Yearbook, as we used to, we now highlight a selection of the most interesting listings, quarterly, on this page.

For details of all additions and amendments to the List in the last quarter, please download the CSV file below.

Listing highlights

Between 1 January 2016 and 31 March 2016, we received 600 applications to add, amend or remove a building or site from the List. Following our advice, 273 buildings or sites have been listed during this period, these include:

A rare example of a private, domestic, nuclear shelter, constructed in 1982. The number of private shelters constructed during the cold war is not known, but very few indeed are recorded as having survived.

Tracey Crouch, Heritage Minister, said: "This unique building is a clear reminder of the fear and anxiety that was present throughout the country during the cold war. Though never used, it's a part of history that should be conserved for future generations to come and this Grade II listing will help do that."

Entrance and corridor to the private Cold War nuclear fall out shelter, constructed in 1982.
Entrance and corridor to the Cold War Private Underground Nuclear Shelter, Taverham, Norfolk, designed and built in 1982. Listed at Grade II. NHLE List Entry Number: 1425917 © Historic England

The former Financial Times Print Works, 1987-88 by Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners. It is an impressive and characteristic example of High Tech architecture, a movement in which Britain led the way.

Former prodcution and printing works for the Financial Times, designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners.
The former production and printing works for the Financial Times, 1987-88, by Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners. Converted to a data centre in the late 1990s. Listed at Grade II*. NHLE List Entry Number: 1430114 © Historic England

  • No. 1 Gasholder, Kennington Oval, London Borough of Lambeth - listed at Grade II.

This is a landmark structure well known to cricket lovers worldwide and now listed for its architectural and historic interest. Gasholder No. 1 at Kennington was the world’s largest gasholder when built in 1877-79. It also made early use of wrought iron in a frame and so marks an important moment in gasholder technology. 

Kennington Lane Gasholder
No.1 Gasholder, Kennington Lane Gasholder Station, London Borough of Lambeth. Built in 1877-79. Listed at Grade II. NHLE List Entry Number: 1427396 © C Redgrave, Historic England

Built in 1905-07 as Boots Store No 2, the company’s second purpose-built shop and representative of a Victorian commercial enterprise that has remained successful to the present day. Before expanding nationally Jesse Boot established his business in Nottingham and undertook very significant philanthropic work in the city. The former shop also has architectural interest as a distinctive and well composed building in an eclectic Tudorbethan style, retaining some notable Boots fittings in the sympathetically restored interiors.

An interior image of the former Boots shop with subscription library and tearoom.
The Embankment, former Boots Store No.2, Nottingham. A former Boots shop, subscription library and tearoom built in 1905-07 to the designs of A.N. Bromley. Listed at Grade II. NHLE List Entry Number:  1430894 © Historic England

London Wall was constructed as part of an extensive programme of Roman public works between approximately AD 190 and AD 225. The wall was about three kilometres long and enclosed an area of nearly 330 acres. It served to form the basis of the protection of the town far into the medieval period, and was also a key factor in determining the shape and development of both Roman and medieval London. This part of London Wall incorporates standing remains as well as buried remains including the remains of bastion number three. It has been recorded through excavation, providing important information regarding Roman and medieval civil engineering and construction techniques.

Section of Roman wall.
Section of London wall at Crosswall, No. 1 America Square and Fenchurch Street Station, City of London - scheduled monument. Section of Roman wall known as London Wall. Scheduled Monument. List Entry NHLE Number: 1432676 © Historic England

This was created by chartered surveyor William Webb in 1922 to commemorate the French sacrifices on the Western Front. He planted Lombardy poplars in a mixture of French and English soil to symbolise the unity of the two countries during the war. The soil was brought from French fields where the Allies fought side-by-side in 1914. The memorial includes a 19-foot stone obelisk, which has received a separate Grade II listing.

A memorial landscape which serves as an eloquent witness commemorating French sacrifices on the Western Front at Verdun in 1916.
Promenade de Verdun, Memorial Landscape, London Borough of Croydon. Created by William Webb in 1922 to commemorate French sacrifices on the Western Front.  It includes Lombardy poplars grown in a mixture of French and English soil. The French soil was brought from French fields where the British and French fought side-by-side in 1914.  Registered at Grade II. NHLE List Entry Number: 1431287 © Historic England

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