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1. Liverpool Cenotaph Architect Lionel Budden, unveiled 1930. Grade I listed Designed by local architect Lionel Budden, the altar-like Liverpool Cenotaph is adorned with some of local sculptor Herbert Tyson-Smith’s most powerful work. The craftsmanship of these bronze reliefs is outstanding, with powerful and modern designs forming a poignant reminder of the effects of the […]

London Buddhist Centre (Triratna), former fire station. Image by

Buddhism in Britain has received a reasonable amount of academic attention, particularly how various traditions and lineages have adapted to the British social and cultural context, but there has been little dedicated concern about the buildings that Buddhist communities build and use. It was during our first research visit to Jamyang London, a Tibetan Buddhist centre in […]


1. Ennerdale, Cumbria. About 2000 BC to present Despite being clothed in over 1,200 hectares of coniferous plantations, the Ennerdale valley retains evidence for human occupation from the Bronze age through to the present day. New historic sites to have been identified include prehistoric cairnfields, numerous medieval settlements, and longhouses and an ironworking site. 2. […]

The blue plaque for Harry Beck

1. The first London Blue Plaque was to the poet Lord Byron in 1867 But his house in Holles Street, Cavendish Square was demolished in 1889. Its site is now occupied by the John Lewis store. 2. The oldest official plaque still in existence is to the French Emperor Napoleon III Installed in September 1867 […]

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1. The Daimler Garage on Herbrand Street, London One of the best-known modernist buildings in central London, built in 1931,  it was also one of the first garages to be listed at Grade II. 2. The Wolseley showroom on Piccadilly, London By the 1920s car showrooms in city centres had become quite ornate. Wolseley, listed […]

The LCT Landfall (photo credit to Peel Ports Group)

This year is the 70th anniversary of D-day, which began on 6th June 1944. As part of the commemoration English Heritage is conducting a review of the remains of Operation Neptune, the cross-Channel assault phase of the invasion Operation Overlord. Planning for the invasion and the liberation of Europe began as early as 1942 and Operation Neptune […]

The Coastguard Station, Chapel Road, Isle of Grain, Kent was built by the Admiralty in 1900. The row of brick houses is orientated towards the river Medway; the larger northernmost house was for the Chief Officer

1. The initial purpose of the Coastguard was revenue protection, but this changed during the 19th century to that of naval reserve. 2. In the 1920s life-saving responsibilities became the Coastguard’s primary role, along with coastal observation. 3. Over the last two centuries the number of stations has fluctuated, reaching a peak of over 500 in […]


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