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More than 400 places added to the heritage list

Words: Laura Edgar
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Historic England has announced that 423 historic places have been added to the National Heritage List during 2020.

This includes a memorial that commemorates the nine lives lost during the fatal mission in 1901 of the Beauchamp Lifeboat in Norfolk, and the Selfridges department store on London’s Oxford Street.

Unveiled in 1903, Beauchamp Lifeboat Memorial is located in the East and West Caister village cemetery. During a storm in 1901, the Beauchamp was launched in response to distress signals coming from a ship towards Barber Sands. The crew managed to get the boat afloat and begin their mission but the boat capsized en route, trapping the crew beneath and taking nine lives. Three of the crew survived.

Historic England said Selfridges played a “huge part” in transforming Britain’s retail scene at the turn of the 20th century. It was built in four main phases between 1906 and 1928, with work carried out by the leading architects and craftsmen of the day, including D H Burnham and Co, Frank Atkinson, Sir John Burnet and Thomas Tait.

In total, there were 371 entries to the National Heritage List, 27 scheduled monuments added and 25 parks and gardens added.  

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: “Every year, Historic England works to protect the most significant historic sites across the country. Despite the challenges that the heritage sector has faced this year, 2020 has seen many brilliant additions to the list. From a picturesque footbridge in Essex to an excellently preserved Victorian railway station café in the Midlands, we want to ensure England’s rich and varied cultural heritage is protected so that the public can continue to cherish the heritage that makes their local places so important.”

Other entrants to National Heritage List include:

  • The Old Brig shipwreck, Seasalter, Kent – protected as a scheduled monument
  • Retford Railway Station Retford, Nottingham – listed at grade II
  • Former Rubbing House, Salisbury Racecourse, Salisbury – listed at grade II
  • Roman Catholic Church of St Mary, Dunstable, Bedfordshire – listed at grade II
  • The Pondyards, Gorhambury, St Albans – protected as a scheduled monument
  • Gawthorpe Water Tower, West Yorkshire – listed at grade II
  • The Gardens at Graythwaite Hall, Graythwaite, Cumbria – added to the Register at grade II*

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