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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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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 […]


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