Women More Likely Than Men To Consider Country Houses And Castles As Important

We recently calculated that an amazing 99.3% of people in England live within a mile of a listed building or site – heritage is literally all around us. So, inspired by this fact, we commissioned YouGov to ask people across England what they really think about heritage. Here’s the pick of the bunch: The most commonly-valued parts of England’s historic environment are country houses and castles (70%), closely followed by monuments and memorials (67%), and ancient archaeological sites (66%). ARead more

Heritage Highlights: Where is one of the world’s oldest surviving railway tunnels?

Fritchley Tunnel Butterley Gangroad, Fritchley, Derbyshire Scheduled: 2015 NHLE entry Who would have thought that, beneath an unassuming junction in the centre of the village of Fritchley in Derbyshire, lies a dark secret – dark not only from the lack of sunlight reaching this subterranean gem but also from years of soot deposits that line its surface. Buried under the modern tarmac is a tunnel built in 1793 by Benjamin Outram (1764–1805) as part of the Butterley Gangroad railway line.Read more

Photo Competition: Celebrate England’s Coastal Heritage

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 tweet those seaside structures! The public will vote for their favourite from among the best entries and the top three winners receive a photography masterclass with anRead more

6 Ways to Live your Life as a Hermit

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 simple way of life. Discover the six main types and their functions and choose your favourite: 1. Embrace Your Inner Self: Solitary Hermitages These hermitages were theRead more

14 of the Finest Post-War Offices Designed by Leading Architects

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 glass-fibre reinforced cement, 30 Cannon Street was designed by Whinney, Son & Austen Hall in the mid-70s. Its expressive and elegant design looks almost sculptural,Read more

6 Sites That Help Us Better Understand Roman Entertainment

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 that would include animal spectacles in the morning, executions at midday and gladiatorial fights in the afternoon. By the time of the Roman invasion of Britain inRead more

Top 5 Heritage Blog Posts of 2014

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 in 1961. Read the post 4. Heritage Makes you Happy The results of our annual Heritage Counts research were in, and it was official: heritage,Read more

9 ‘Lost’ Railway Stations

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 that the station was rebuilt, in a smaller, far more utilitarian idiom, in 1987 – a mere ten years after the station had disappeared. 2.Read more

10 Great English Railway Stations

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 with geometric shapes to help the cleaners fit the scaffolding necessary to clean this complex structure. 2. Newcastle Central, Tyne & Wear Hailed as oneRead more

6 Things You Should Know About Landscape Gardener William Shenstone

Three hundred years ago today William Shenstone was born at The Leasowes, his family farm in Dudley. The son of a moderately prosperous farmer, he was later to become a pioneering force changing the way we look at and experience gardens and landscapes. 1. William Shenstone was a visionary William inherited The Leasowes estate, and in 1743 began to improve his farm with features intended to evoke the scenes conjured by the pastoral poetry of classical authors.  2. He changed the way we experienceRead more