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Historic England reveals most unusual places listed in 2017

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A Frederick Gibberd-designed clock tower, a studio featured in David Hockney’s paintings and some Oxford student halls by Arup Associates feature in Historic England’s guide to the 20 most ‘intriguing places’ to be listed in 2017 

The heritage body awarded a Grade II listing to Chrisp Street Market Clock Tower and The Festival Inn in east London, designed in 1951-2 by Frederick Gibberd. The market was used for the Live Architecture Exhibition, held as part of the Festival of Britain.

It also gave Grade II listings to Pembroke Studios in west London, which date back to the 1890s and form the setting for a number of paintings by Hockney; and to the Sir Thomas White Building at St John’s College, Oxford University, designed by Philip Dowson of Arup Associates in the 1970s. 

Other places in Historic England’s guide include a late 1950s house designed and built by architect Mervyn Seal in Shropshire; Skegness Tower Gardens in Lincolnshire; a Victorian gasholder in south London; and an 18th-century Jewish cemetery in Plymouth.

All 20 buildings and parks or gardens in the guide are either listed or registered at Grade II, with three monuments scheduled: a neolithic track in South Yorkshire, acoustic mirrors in Kent, and a Roman military parade ground in Oxfordshire. 

Historic England’s chief executive, Duncan Wilson, said: ‘Although many listed places are well-known and even world-famous, we also want people to understand and enjoy the extraordinary range of history on their own doorsteps.’

He added: ’These sites are irreplaceable and showcase the wonderfully distinct and diverse character of England and its people across thousands of years.’

The guide also features an 1860s former working men’s institute in East Sussex; a limestone Roman Catholic Church in Gloucestershire, which is surrounded by buildings ranging in date from 15th to the 19th century; and a Japanese Garden in North Yorkshire. 

The heritage body said that an overall 1,041 sites had been listed in 2017.

Historic England’s 20 most unusual places listed in 2017

  • The Eliza Adams Lifeboat Memorial, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk
  • Chrisp Street Market Clock Tower and The Festival Inn, Poplar, London
  • Skegness Esplanade and Tower Gardens, Lincolnshire
  • Leaf Hall, Working Men’s Institute, Eastbourne, East Sussex
  • Acoustic Mirrors, Fan Bay, Dover, Kent
  • Sir Thomas White Building, St John’s College, Oxford
  • Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Therese, Stroud, Gloucestershire
  • Alchester Roman Parade Ground, Merton, Cherwell, Oxfordshire
  • Gravestone of Blackie the war horse, Knowsley, Merseyside
  • Bridge House, Condover, Shropshire
  • Japanese Garden at Grantley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire
  • Gasholder No 13, Old Kent Road, London
  • Milestones, B4073 between Painswick and Gloucester
  • Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, Dunstable, Bedfordshire
  • The Dorset Martyrs memorial, Dorchester, Dorset
  • Former Admiralty Boat House, Newlyn, Cornwall
  • Jewish Burial Ground, Plymouth, Devon
  • Pembroke Studios (Nos 1-13), Kensington and Chelsea, London
  • Neolithic trackway and platform, Lindholme, Hatfield, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
  • Former Ice Works, Newlyn, Cornwall
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