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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 […]

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This year’s Heritage Counts reveals that visiting different types of historic places can have a positive impact on our general wellbeing and happiness. The results found a significant relationship between life satisfaction and visiting heritage, from historic towns to archaeological sites, and for the first time ever have identified the types of heritage sites that can have the most […]


1. The Response, Newcastle Designed by Sir William Goscombe John, unveiled 1923. Grade I listed “The Response” memorial in Newcastle sits in the public gardens of the church of St Thomas. An extraordinary scene is depicted in the form of a bronze group of dozens of highly detailed figures, those in front marching in step […]

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Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which was the end of a forty year nuclear stand-off between East and West. The buildings of the Cold War are some of our last physical links to this episode of our history. They bear witness to phenomena such as the development and deployment […]


With the Angel Awards just a day away, what better to do on a lazy Sunday than watch these heart-warming videos about the shortlisted projects?  Regardless of who wins tomorrow night, each project is a success story to be celebrated.  They prove that, by working together, local people can rescue the historic places they love and […]

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1. Rom Skate Park, Hornchurch – Grade II The first skatepark in Europe to be listed and only the second in the world, ‘The Rom’ was built in 1978 by Adrian Rolt and G-Force, the leading skatepark designers of the period. As skateboarding fever gripped the nation in the 1970s a rash of skateparks were built, but […]

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1. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester (Grade II*) The home of Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell has been brought back to life following a lengthy local campaign costing £2.5 million, which included grant aid from English Heritage. Through a constructive conservation project led by the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust, the site has been removed from the At Risk register and […]


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