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Newcastle – Glad to see the back of them!

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Demolition work on the Odeon cinema in Newcastle has begun

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Demolition work has begun at the historic Odeon cinema in Newcastle city centre. However the initial phase will involve preparatory work inside the building including the removal of asbestos which isn’t visible from outside on Pilgrim Street and will not affect traffic there It is being overseen by commercial property agency Bilfinger GVA. A spokesman said: “The internal […]

The Rape of Britain – City of London Boys’ School – Saved

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At the time of publishing, the fate of this building still lay in the balance: “The threatened City of London Boys’ School, Edwardian Baroque landmark on the Thames” From Wikipedia: The Victoria Embankment building, a grand building said to be in the Italian Renaissance style but actually in a high Victorian style with a steep […]

The Rape of Britain – City of London Club – Saved

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At the time of publishing, the City Club (sic) was under threat from the building of the NatWest Tower (Tower 42): “The City Club, built in 1833 by Philip Hardwick, to make way for National Westminster’s 600-foot office tower” From Wikipedia: The City of London Club was established in 1832 and is the oldest of […]

Victorian Society Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings list 2015

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The Victorian Society has announced the Top Ten Most Endangered Victorian and Edwardian Buildings in England and Wales 2015. All the buildings in the Top Ten are nationally important listed buildings in real risk of being lost if action is not taken in the immediate future. In a video launching the Top Ten Griff Rhys Jones, Victorian Society Vice President, said: ‘ Share the […]

Historic London buildings set for demolition under Crossrail 2 plans

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Imposing buildings in Victoria, off Oxford Street and Wimbledon are among those which may be lost. The public has until Friday 8 January 2016 to examine maps of the areas under threat and respond to the consultation. The Victorian Society is concerned about Crossrail 2 plans which would see numerous historic buildings across London demolished. […]

The man who demolished Shakespeare’s house

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Britain hasn’t always been in love with its heritage. It took some shocking acts of destruction, and some very near misses, to help shape the way it is now treasured and protected. The UK today has some of the most powerful conservation laws in the world. This year marks 100 years since the first legislation […]

Dunwich: The storms that destroyed ‘lost town’

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Evidence of violent storms that destroyed a lost town known as Britain’s Atlantis has been uncovered. The finds were uncovered off the coast of Dunwich, Suffolk – a small village which in the 11th Century was one of the largest towns in England. The town was hit by a succession of storms in the 13th […]

Lost buildings of Birmingham – the landmarks that have gone forever or soon will be

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Birmingham has a motto of ‘forward’ as can be seen on the city’s coat of arms. Forward! was also the official name of a widely-disliked fibreglass sculpture put up in Centenary Square in 1991 and destroyed by arsonists in 2003. But as progress has taken place, much of the familiar and much-loved parts of the city’s past […]

Demolition of Benwell chapel causes a stir in the West End of Newcastle

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Campaigners are desperate to save the Bond Memorial Chapel, which has stood on Adelaide Terrace since 1899 A row has broken out over the demolition of an ancient West End chapel. Campaigners against the knocking down of the Bond Memorial Chapel in Benwell, Newcastle, say it is being done with no community or council consultation. […]