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Remarkable English Places listed in 2018

20 December 2018 | London Calling

As the year draws to a close, Historic England gives heritage-seekers something to look forward to in 2019, as they’ve listed or upgraded 23 remarkable places across the country. Here are 5 of our favourites…

Old Lifeboat House, Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex
The former lifeboat house was built in 1884 and represents the crucial role played by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in saving lives at sea since the 19th century.
The local community played an important part in raising funds for the site, which housed Walton’s first lifeboat, a 37ft ‘self-righter’ Norfolk/ Suffolk class ‘sailing & pulling’ lifeboat, a design suited to the East coast’s shallow waters. Baroness Bolsover launched the boat in a ceremony, held in Walton, on 18 November 1884 outside the new Lifeboat House where the boat had recently arrived by train. The distinguished guests of the ceremony were escorted through the coastal town by mounted officers of the Honourable Artillery Company along a route decorated with bunting and the Company’s flags.

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The Old Lifeboat House is located on East Terrace, Walton-on-the-Naze CO14 8PZ 

 
Group of sculptures of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, Castle Place in Nottingham
Acclaimed sculptor and Nottingham native, James Arthur Woodford RA OBE was commissioned to craft this imaginative group of sculptures to commemorate a visit by then-Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh for the city’s quincentenary in 1949. The sculptures sit in the outer ditch of Nottingham Castle, which is the setting of one of the most popular legendary tales of Robin Hood, where he and his Merry Men attended an archery competition hosted by the Sheriff of Nottingham at Nottingham Castle, disguised as beggars and farmers. Robin Hood reportedly celebrated winning the competition and duping the Sheriff by shooting an arrow and a thank you note through a window of the Castle, landing on the dinner table in front of the Sheriff.

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The Robin Hood statues are located at Castle Place, Nottingham, Notts, NG1 6EL 

 
Tidal Observatory, Newlyn in Cornwall
Completed in 1914, the Observatory took hourly measurements of the tide between 1915 and 1921, determining that Newlyn was the most stable and therefore best place to establish ‘Mean Sea Level’ for the entire country. Today, all heights on Ordnance Survey maps are referenced to a brass bolt within the observatory, 4.75m above Mean Sea Level – also known as Ordnance Datum Newlyn. The Ordnance Survey gave up responsibility for the tidal observatory in 1983, but it continues to be used for scientific tidal measurements, particularly for guiding climate change and coastal management studies.

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For more information on the Newlyn Tidal Observatory, located in Newlyn Harbour, see here


Florence Mine, Egremont in West Cumbria
Florence Mine in West Cumbria is the best-surviving example of an iron mining pit head in England, complete with nearly all of its machinery and equipment. From the mid-19th century, iron mining fundamentally altered Western Cumbria and the Furness peninsular, making a significant contribution to the national economy. However, following industrial decline in the second half of the 20th century, has left few surviving remains of the industry. Florence Mine is believed to have been the last iron mine to close in Europe and was last worked in 2007. Hematite iron ore from the mine is used for the pigment Egremont Red, still found in some lipsticks today.

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Florence Mine is located in Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR 

 
Central Hall, University of York
The University of York was one of seven new universities founded in England between 1958 and 1961. Central Hall is the lakeside centrepiece of the University’s western campus, with a striking and bold design that incorporates a concrete structure, suspended steel tubular roof, and a balcony running along the first-floor level on the east side of the building that rises to the second-floor level with wide concrete stairs covered by tiles

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Central Hall is located in Heslington, York, YO10 5DD 

 
 

 
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