Not so run of the mill:  8 inspired converted mills in West Yorkshire

The textile mills of West Yorkshire were the original Northern Powerhouses at the centre of the Industrial Revolution.  These impressive structures still shape the rural and urban landscapes of the region but they are taking on new roles as desirable homes, offices, funky bars and chic restaurants and even an NHS Centre for Outpatients (at Acre Mills, Huddersfield). Many of these amazing places have been successfully and creatively adapted but more remain underused and awaiting a new purpose.  To markRead more

7 LGBT+ Landmarks to Look Out For On London Pride Weekend

Each year, Pride in London fills the capital with rainbow illuminated celebrations; a platform to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for equality for all parts of the community. The two week celebrations will culminate in the Pride in London Parade this weekend, when a procession of members and supporters of the LGBT+ community will take over the West End. Our heritage project, Pride of Place combines images, archive materials and research to map the places and stories thatRead more

The Hidden History of Apethorpe

The great country house of Apethorpe in Northamptonshire was sadly dilapidated in 2004, when English Heritage (now Historic England) began a programme of urgent repairs. As work progressed, many exciting discoveries were made underneath floorboards, behind modern wall surfaces, inside ancient roofs, or hiding in plain sight. Every single finding, no matter how small, deepened our understanding of the property and its illustrious owners.Read more

England’s Quirkiest Listed Places

The history of our land and its people is marked in the fabric of England’s buildings and places. The most significant of these are listed, so they can be understood and protected for the future. The List has almost 400,000 entries: barrows and bunkers, palaces and pigsties, plague crosses and piers, tower blocks and tombstones, cathedrals, windmills and roller coasters. It started life in 1882, when the first powers of protection were established. It is a unique record of theRead more

A Bicycle Shed is a (Listed) Building

Nicholas Pevsner would certainly have raised an eyebrow. His well-known saying, “a bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture” introduced his seminal book, An Outline of European Architecture, in 1943. This was just the moment that the modern listing system was being born. He would probably have thought it quite unlikely that any bicycle sheds would meet the test of special architectural and historic interest for listing in the future. But, perhaps surprisingly, about 15 bicycle shedsRead more