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Historic England celebrates 70 years of heritage protection with five new listings

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has listed five buildings, on the advice of Historic England, to mark 70 years of protecting England’s historic properties

The heritage body said the five buildings, all listed with Grade II status, were among the most ’fascinating’ ever to receive statutory protection.

They include a 20th-century house called Underhill in West Yorkshire, dubbed the ‘Hobbit house’, believed to be first modern earth-sheltered house in Britain.

Also newly listed are the Cabman’s Shelter in Grosvenor Gardens, London, built in 1904 for drivers of London horse-drawn hansom cabs to shelter in while awaiting customers, and a wireless station in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, used by the Royal Navy to gather intelligence in the First World War.

The new listings are completed by the geometric Pillwood House in Cornwall, built to the designs of John Miller and Su Rogers in the 1970s, and a group of late 19th century Gothic Revival funerary buildings in Willesden Jewish Cemetery, London. 

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Source: James O.Davies/Historic England

Pillwood House, Truro, Cornwall, 1973-74

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.’ 

Last month, Historic England listed two Devon buildings in recognition of their Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) heritage and architectural quality. It also amended the entries of 14 other buildings to include their queer history.

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