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1. Birmingham Snow Hill This fine Edwardian station was demolished in 1977 despite a public outcry.  The historic fabric was razed and trains on the old Great Western line to Leamington were terminated at Moor Street – originally devised as an overflow station for Snow Hill. However, the damage to cross-city services was so severe […]

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1. London Paddington Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s trainshed at Paddington is one of the wonders of British architecture. The first real cathedral of the railway age, with columns supporting the innovative, ridge-and-furrow glazed roof, it was both decorative and ingeniously functional.  Hidden pipes drained rainwater underneath the concourse floor, while the roof’s iron beams were pierced […]

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Three hundred years ago today William Shenstone was born at The Leasowes, his family farm in Dudley. The son of a moderately prosperous farmer, he was later to become a pioneering force changing the way we look at and experience gardens and landscapes. 1. William Shenstone was a visionary William inherited The Leasowes estate, and in […]

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This year’s Heritage Counts reveals that visiting different types of historic places can have a positive impact on our general wellbeing and happiness. The results found a significant relationship between life satisfaction and visiting heritage, from historic towns to archaeological sites, and for the first time ever have identified the types of heritage sites that can have the most […]

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1. The Response, Newcastle Designed by Sir William Goscombe John, unveiled 1923. Grade I listed “The Response” memorial in Newcastle sits in the public gardens of the church of St Thomas. An extraordinary scene is depicted in the form of a bronze group of dozens of highly detailed figures, those in front marching in step […]

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Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which was the end of a forty year nuclear stand-off between East and West. The buildings of the Cold War are some of our last physical links to this episode of our history. They bear witness to phenomena such as the development and deployment […]

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With the Angel Awards just a day away, what better to do on a lazy Sunday than watch these heart-warming videos about the shortlisted projects?  Regardless of who wins tomorrow night, each project is a success story to be celebrated.  They prove that, by working together, local people can rescue the historic places they love and […]

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