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New listings announced on Historic England advice

Words: Laura Edgar
Cabmen's Shelter / iStock-185456093

To mark 70 years of protecting England’s historic buildings, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced that five more buildings have been added to the National Heritage List for England.

Amongst the new listings, issued on advice from Historic England, are a cabbie’s shelter and a Jewish cemetery.

The first powers to protect historic sites were established in 1882 but 2017 marks 70 years since the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act since the system used today came into use.

The first lists were “salvage lists”, which were compiled as an emergency measure after bombing during the Second World War, to identify which buildings were special enough to be protected during post-war rebuilding.

There were over 45,000 new listings between 1947 and 1957.

The new listings are:

  • Cabmen’s Shelter, Grosvenor Gardens, London, 1906, listed at Grade II - It was built to provide cabbie with shelter and refreshments when they were on ranks, and is still used today.
  • Underhill, Holme, West Yorkshire, 1973-5, listed at Grade II - Arthur Quarmby designed this home for him and his family. It is Britain’s first modern earth-sheltered house.
  • Stockton-on-Tees Wireless Station, County Durham, 1912-13, listed at Grade II - This is thought to be the Royal Navy’s only station capable of intelligence gathering station at the outbreak of the First World War. Very few wireless stations are still standing. It is now a private home.
  • Pillwood House, Truro, Cornwall, 1973-74, listed at Grade II* - The building appears to be suspended within the treetops of a wood, with the architect, John Miller, calling it “a fun house, as well as a sun house”. Grade II* marks Pillwood House as particularly important, Historic England said. Only 5.5 per cent of listed building are Grade II*.
  • Funerary buildings at Willesden Jewish Cemetery (United Synagogue Cemetary), London, 1872-73 listed at Grade II - Historic England said the Gothic Revival set of funerary buildings forms the cemetery’s focal point and is a rare survival. Many complexes in England’s Jewish cemetery’s have been lost

Debbie Mays, head of listing at Historic England said: “The diverse character of our land and its people is marked in the fabric of England’s buildings and places. For 70 years the most special historic sites have been protected through listing so they can be enjoyed by future generations. Born from the destruction of World War Two, listing has allowed us to ensure thousands of places keep their special interest and help to tell England’s extraordinary story.”