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Historic England Needs Your Help to Uncover England’s Missing History

The List (the National Heritage List for England) has almost 400,000 entries: barrows and bunkers, palaces and pigsties, plague crosses and piers, tower blocks and tombstones, cathedrals, windmills and rollercoasters.

Blackpool Tower © Historic England

The List started life in 1882, as a way to identify the buildings, sites and landscapes which receive special protection. It is a unique record of the country’s evolving history and character; for the first time in history we are inviting the public to join us in keeping The List rich, relevant and up-to-date.

We need your help to collect vital information about England’s most important places, and perhaps even uncover the secrets of some.

You may already know of a listed structure. Built in the late 19th century, Blackpool Tower is a dominating imitation of the Eiffel Tower, punctuating the popular British seaside resort. Many people will have memories of dancing in the ballroom or enjoying the aquarium. We’d like those memories to be shared.

Not all listed structures are famous landmarks or grand mansions.  The List also includes diverse buildings, ancient monuments, shipwrecks, parks, gardens and battlefields. There’s even a petrol station! Just off the A6 in Redhill, Leicestershire stands the striking work of American modernist architect Elliot Noyes. The Grade II listed canopies were designed in 1864 as part of a wider rebranding campaign for the Mobil Oil Corporation (USA). They are a rare survival, and an iconic piece of corporate design. You can find more examples all over England of unique structures by searching the List.

99% of people in England live within a mile of a listed building or place, each of which tells a story about the local area and history of the country. The gruesome death of Hannah Twynnoy is marked on her headstone in Malmesbury, Wiltshire (Grade II listed). A servant in the White Lion Inn in the town, in 1703 Hannah was eaten by a tiger that escaped from a travelling menagerie. But what happened to the tiger, and the travelling menagerie?

The List is now open for your contributions. We want you to share photos, historical events and social history, as well as your own knowledge of architecture or archaeology. Many places and buildings on the list are well-known and even world-famous. But in some cases there is much that remains unknown. That’s why we need your help – so we can share images, insights and secrets of England’s special places, and capture them for future generations.

Are you visiting or opening up a listed property over the Heritage Open Days weekend? Search The List to find out if the property is listed, and register to make your mark on history.

Find out more and help us #ListEngland  www.historicengland.org.uk/ListEngland

Marina Nenadic

About Marina Nenadic

Marina is Marketing Executive for Historic England; the public body that looks after England's historic environment.  We champion historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.