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Vaizey lists Walthamstow pie and mash shop

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Architecture minister Ed Vaizey has listed a 1929 eel, pie and mash shop in Walthamstow designed by architect Herbert Wright

The L Manze shop, which was handed a grade II listing, was praised for its gilt lettering shop-front, ‘white-tiled interior with mirrors, seating booths and marble counters’.

Vaizey said: ‘Pie and Mash shops are as intrinsically linked to London as black cabs and beefeaters. L Manze’s in Walthamstow is a unique part of the capital’s heritage, and is as relevant and popular now as it was when it first opened in the 1920s. It clearly deserves to be given Grade II listed status.’

Roger Bowdler, designation director for English Heritage added: ‘Eel, pie and mash shops are a unique feature of the London scene, and represent some of our oldest traditions of fast food. This 1920s example with its beautifully preserved interior is among the best of an increasingly rare kind, and strongly deserves to be listed.’

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