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 […]

(c) James O. Davies/English Heritage

1. Keeling House, Tower Hamlets, 1957-9 Denys Lasdun visited the United States in 1954, whose public housing inspired the cluster of narrow towers found here. This uses the same elegant proportions seen in the work of Berthold Lubetkin, one of the leading architects of the Modern Movement in 1930s Britain, who Lasdun worked with before […]

Little Oxenden AP - earthworks of abandoned village

1. Little Oxendon, Northamptonshire The classic layout of a medieval village. The long groove running left to right formed the main route through the settlement. The large rectangles either side are called crofts and they represent gardens used for growing vegetables. Within these are smaller rectangular earthworks, called tofts, which were walled plots with a […]


1. National Projectile Factory in Hackney, London During the First World War  demand for munitions soared and sections of the British landscape were dedicated to vast factories.  An area of 35.5 acres in Hackney Marshes was taken to build the National Projectile Factory.  Click on the image to see the extensive railway used to transport materials around the site. Little remains […]


1. Henry Williamson’s self-built sanctuary For many writers, the ambiance in which they work matters.  Recently listed, this writing hut was built by Henry Williamson in 1929 from the proceeds of Tarka the Otter, and he went on to write more than 50 novels in this simple yet characterful writing sanctuary. 2. T.S. Eliot’s seaside shelter Nayland […]

Fig 1 Christ Church Southwark

1. Christ Church, Southwark Beer and the church are not such strange bedfellows as you might think. Christ Church (1960, architect R. Paxton Watson) in Southwark houses a set of windows depicting local trades, including the hop industry. They were the work of Frederick Walter Cole (1908–98), then working for the church furnishers J. Wippell […]

-WWII chalets at Porthgwiddan Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

The seafront is the bit of the seaside that everyone remembers – beach huts, amusements, hotels and boarding houses, gardens, sea walls, car parks and piers – but it is currently faced with numerous threats from development as well as exposure to the elements. Coastal erosion is a constant reality and many historic sea walls, huts and shelters have […]


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