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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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. […]

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