Gandhi's Temple at South Shields

This spring, it’s all about getting you to the seaside armed with your camera: DCLG and English Heritage are looking for photographs of England’s coastal heritage. From historic lighthouses and Victorian piers to colourful beach huts and coastal railways, we want to see your best shots of what our seaside has to offer. Snap and […]

Coquet Island, a location for an original lighthouse hermitage, viewed from Low Hauxley © Steve Clasper

Looking to leave the rat race and live a quiet life? Hermits were religious individuals and contrary to popular belief not all hermits completely shunned outside interaction – some were preachers performing valuable services such as maintaining lighthouses and bridges. From the 7th to the 16th century, English hermits established a variety of hermitages to live a more […]

MEA House

Following an English Heritage project to assess commercial buildings from 1964 to 1984, the work of leading modern architects has been celebrated today with the listing of 14 of the finest post-war office buildings in England. 30 Cannon Street, London; Whinney, Son & Austen Hall, 1974-7 The first building to use the new technique of […]

Reconstruction of Chester Amphitheatre © English Heritage Photo Library Please credit: Peter Dunn, English Heritage Graphics Team

The amphitheatre was one of the few building types created by the Romans and its purpose was to stage spectacles (spectacula), which included wild beast hunts (venatoria) and the throwing of criminals to the beasts (damnatio ad bestias), as well as other forms of criminal execution and gladiatorial fights (munera). The classic event was the so-called munus legitimum, a spectacle […]


5.  Lost Railway Stations Earlier this month, we celebrated the release of Simon Parissien’s new book on English Railway stations with a nostalgic look at some of the architectural gems of the railway industry that have been lost.  Many of you expressed amazement at Euston Arch, built in 1838 at a cost of £35,000, and demolished […]


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 […]


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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