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.
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:
- Cold War Private Underground Nuclear Shelter, Taverham, Norfolk - listed at Grade II
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."
- East India Dock House, former Financial Times Print Works, London Borough of Tower Hamlets - listed at Grade II*.
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.
- 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.
- The Embankment (former Boots Store No.2), Nottingham - listed at Grade II.
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.
- London Wall: section of Roman wall and Bastion beneath Crosswall, No.1 America Square and Fenchurch Street Railway Station, City of London - scheduled monument.
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.
- Promenade de Verdun Memorial Landscape, London Borough of Croydon - registered at Grade II.
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.
Also of interest...
An overview of what listing is and why Historic England does it.
Our selection guides help us to recommend whether or not a site should be added to the List.
Find out what strategic listing projects we are working on
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