21 Amazing Places in England Recently Given Protected Status

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. Mere End Down Romano-British field system, Letcombe Bassett, Oxfordshire. AD 100 to 400 A fortuitous survival of earthworks representing a small part of a Romano-BritishRead more

10 Fun Facts About London’s Blue Plaque Scheme

1. The first London Blue Plaque was to the poet Lord Byron in 1867 But his house in Holles Street, Cavendish Square was demolished in 1889. Its site is now occupied by the John Lewis store. 2. The oldest official plaque still in existence is to the French Emperor Napoleon III Installed in September 1867 in King Street, St James’s, it is also the only plaque that was erected while the recipient was still alive. 3. Not all Blue PlaquesRead more

8 Interesting Buildings that Wouldn’t Exist if it Wasn’t for the Car

1. The Daimler Garage on Herbrand Street, London One of the best-known modernist buildings in central London, built in 1931,  it was also one of the first garages to be listed at Grade II. 2. The Wolseley showroom on Piccadilly, London By the 1920s car showrooms in city centres had become quite ornate. Wolseley, listed Grade II*, was one of the most glamorous. 3. Bond’s Garage, Barkway, Hertfordshire A lovely example of a typical village garage built in 1938, withRead more

70 Years On: The Remains of Operation Neptune

This year is the 70th anniversary of D-day, which began on 6th June 1944. As part of the commemoration English Heritage is conducting a review of the remains of Operation Neptune, the cross-Channel assault phase of the invasion Operation Overlord. Planning for the invasion and the liberation of Europe began as early as 1942 and Operation Neptune was placed under the command of Admiral Bertram Ramsey, who had played a large part in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk in 1940. TheRead more