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1. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester (Grade II*) The home of Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell has been brought back to life following a lengthy local campaign costing £2.5 million, which included grant aid from English Heritage. Through a constructive conservation project led by the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust, the site has been removed from the At Risk register and […]

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1. Eastbourne Pier, Sussex One of the most important piers of its kind in the country, Eastbourne Pier was added to the Heritage at Risk Register this summer after a devastating fire engulfed about a third of the structure and destroyed the landward arcade building. English Heritage is giving expert advice on the rebuild and is pleased the eastern walkway […]

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1. Hastings Pier, East Sussex Hastings Pier was built in 1872 and flourished during the Victorian seaside tourist boom. Following a recent troubled history it has been rescued by Hastings Pier Charity and White Rock Trust who, with grants from English Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund, are repairing the Victorian structure to create a People’s […]

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

1. All Saints’ Church, Hastings On a Monday morning in 2009, shortly after the church had undergone urgent repairs to the tower, a fire broke out and caused destruction of the south aisle, its roof, the organ, as well as extensive smoke and water damage. The whole building was unusable. Churchwarden Brian Cooke pulled the community together to raise […]


This year’s Angel Award  nominees for “Best Rescue of any other type of Historic Building or Site” range from a project to survey stone carvings in the Yorkshire moors to a Georgian landscape restored to its former glory. Take a look at these before and after shots of the four best entrants and let us know in the comments which one […]

Oldland Mill

There were some excellent projects put forward for this year’s English Heritage Angel Awards, including these stunning transformations in the “Best Rescue of a Historical Industrial Building” category. Enjoy the below before and after shots of the four best nominations shortlisted for this category. 1. Howsham Mill, York Since restoration started back in 2006, Howsham Mill has overcome continual […]


The nominees have been announced for this year’s English Heritage Angel Awards and we want to introduce you to one of our favourite categories: Craftsmanship by a Trainee or Apprentice employed on a Heritage Rescue. Enjoy these “Before & After” shots of the four projects that managed to make the shortlist and learn about each of the trainees that decided […]


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