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 “Any serious offers invited” for this elegantly understated Grade II* townhouse

“Any serious offers invited” for this elegantly understated Grade II* townhouse

The house (Grade II* listed) dates from 1708 and is one of the most important buildings on the market square of Atherstone.
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Dare to Care: Buildings at Risk 2012-13

Dare to Care: Buildings at Risk 2012-13

You can now order SAVE's 2012-13 Buildings at Report 'Dare to Care'. This is the ultimate 'lonely hearts' list for buildings at risk.
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Welcome to SAVE Britain's Heritage. SAVE has been campaigning for historic buildings since its formation in 1975 by a group of architects, journalists and planners. SAVE is a strong, independent voice in conservation, free to respond rapidly to emergencies and to speak out loud for the historic environment.

SAVE welcomes news of buildings at risk near you as well as information on your local campaigns. Please visit our website regularly to check on breaking news and updates on current campaigns.

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Current Campaigns
  • SAVE Report on the Public Inquiry Over Smithfield General Market


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  • Press Release: The Victorian Society submits listing applications to English Heritage for the General Market and Fish Market at Smithfield


    The Victorian Society has today submitted listing applications to English Heritage for the General Market and Fish Market at Smithfield in London, considering that previous listing assessments of the buildings had serious flaws.

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  • Press Release: Timetable For The Smithfield Public Inquiry


    The Public Inquiry opens at 10.00 am on Tuesday, 11 February 2014, and is scheduled to last for 12 days, until Friday, 28 February.

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  • John McAslan versus SAVE as second battle of Smithfield begins


    Ahead of the public inquiry, architect John McAslan and SAVE's Marcus Binney present arguments for and against the Smithfield Market overhaul. The Architects' Journal, 24.01.14

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  • Support the SAVE/Victorian Society Planning Application for Smithfield General Market and Annex!


    SAVE and the Victorian Society’s Planning Application for Smithfield General Market and Annex has been validated by the City of London. Please support our scheme. Details below.

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  • Press Release: SAVE and the Victorian Society submit a full planning application for Smithfield General Market and Annex.


    This alternative scheme involves no demolition and is based on a business plan from Urban Space Management, who transformed Camden Lock, and Spitalfields Market from empty heritage buildings with zero occupancy into thriving, vibrant cultural destinations.

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  • Pickles calls Public Inquiry into Welsh Streets Application – but does not call in similar application in Gateshead.


    SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes yesterday’s government announcement of a Public Inquiry into controversial housing demolitions in Liverpool’s famous ‘Welsh Streets’, birthplace of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. SAVE regrets that the government has chosen not to call in a similar application in Gateshead

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  • Press Release: Seafield House, Ayr, is put back on the market potentially heralding a new chapter in the life of this important building


    Seafield House, Ayr, the former residence of renowned Scottish engineer Sir William Arrol, is put back on the market, potentially heralding a new chapter in the life of this important building. SAVE appeals to the local authority to ensure the right outcome for the house is reached.

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  • Press Release: Smithfield General Market to be called in for public inquiry decides Secretary of State


    Secretary of State Eric Pickles has decided to call in the application from Hendersons Global Investors, granted planning permission by the City of London corporation on 16th July.

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  • Press Release: Sir John Soane’s Piercefield House is in peril: handsome offer made to repair it


    SAVE urges its owners to give the offer serious consideration.

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  • Zombies Roam Our Cities, Mr Pickles. Here's How You Skewer Them


    The Sunday Times' latest piece on the demolition of the Welsh Streets, Liverpool, by Charles Clover

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  • SAVE welcomes Eric Pickles move to consider Public Inquiry on Planning Decision for Welsh Streets, Liverpool


    SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes Eric Pickles’ rapid decision to suspend demolition of 440 homes in Liverpool’s Welsh Streets area. Pickles’ intervention provides a much needed chance to establish a fair solution for an historic neighbourhood left boarded up by a failed regeneration programme.

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  • Press Release: Pathfinder continues in Liverpool where planning permission is granted to demolish 440 terraced houses on the Welsh Streets - SAVE demands Public Inquiry.


    Liverpool Council grants Housing Association, Plus Dane, permission to demolish 440 houses on the Welsh Streets, Toxteth, Liverpool - a continuation of Pathfinder-scale demolition 18 months after the Government officially called an end to the destructive policy.

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  • Press Release: Liverpool Council to Decide Fate of Welsh Streets Tomorrow, 23rd July


    Tomorrow, Liverpool Council will decide whether to approve an application to demolish 440 homes on the Welsh Streets in Toxteth, the birthplace of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

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  • Press Release: City grants itself permission to gut Smithfield General Market - SAVE asks the Secretary of State for a Call In.


    Today in London’s Guildhall the Planning and Transportation Committee voted 19 to 2 to give planning permission to a controversial proposal from Henderson Global Investors to gut the handsome market halls of the Smithfield General Market.

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  • Press Release: Weasel words used to condemn Smithfield General Market and replace it with a fake.


    Application to demolish most of the General Market and Annex, including their magnificent interiors to be decided at Planning Committee meeting in the City on 16th July.

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  • Press Release: Jessops Hospital, Sheffield - Court of Appeal Ruling


    Yesterday in the Court of Appeal, SAVE Britain’s Heritage and the Victorian Society established the correct interpretation of the crucial and controversial paragraph 133 of National Planning Policy. However on the facts of this particular case we failed to secure permission for Judicial Review into Sheffield Council’s decision to grant permission to Sheffield University to demolish the Grade 2 listed Jessops Hospital, to make way for a new engineering block.

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  • SAVE Submits Petition to Ed Vaizey Calling on him to List Smithfield General Market


    SAVE has submitted a petition of 2,665 signatures to Ed Vaizey, calling on him to list Smithfield General Market

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  • Press Release: SAVE Britain's Heritage and the Victorian Society Join Forces in an Attempt to Save Jessops Hospital in Sheffield


    The Victorian Society and SAVE Britain's Heritage have issued joint Judicial Review proceedings with the aim of saving the Grade II listed Edwardian Jessop Hospital building from demolition, that was granted to the University by Sheffield City Council.

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  • Press release: SAVE Unveils Alternative Plans for the Mid-Wales Hospital, Talgarth, Wales


    As its future once again hangs in the balance, SAVE and Graham Frecknall Architects unveil alternative plans which would retain the majority of the historic hospital buildings.

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  • One of London's Top Market Entrepreneurs Makes Offer on Smithfield General Market


    One of London’s leading market entrepreneurs, Urban Space Management, have today submitted an offer to the City Corporation to enter into a 90-year lease on Smithfield General Market

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  • Press Release: Alternative Business Plan for Smithfield General Market Released


    SAVE and Urban Space Management's viable business scheme for Smithfield General Market and our letter making an offer on the site.

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  • SAVE Submits Smithfield Objection Letter


    SAVE Britain’s Heritage today submitted its letter of objection to the City Corporation against a scheme to mutilate Smithfield General Market.

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  • Smithfield General Market - How to Object


    Helpful guidance on how you can help prevent Smithfield General market from being butchered.

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  • BATTLE LINES DRAWN AS ENGLISH HERITAGE PERFORMS A DRAMATIC CLIMB DOWN ON SMITHFIELD GENERAL MARKET


    In a shocking volte face, English Heritage has written a letter to the City of London in support of a scheme to replace Smithfield General Market with an office development.

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  • David Cameron at the Welsh Streets in 2006

    HISTORIC STREETS FACE BULLDOZER - PLANNING APPLICATION INITIATED TO DEMOLISH 450 HOUSES IN LIVERPOOL


    Housing Association Plus Dane presses ahead with government-funded plans to bulldoze 450 terraced houses in Liverpool's historic Welsh Streets, the birthplace of Beatle Ringo Starr.

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  • Smithfield General Market - Petition to stop gutting of buildings


    Henderson Global Investors' plan for Smithfield General Market is a thinly veiled application to build a series of office blocks, and demolish a remarkable group of Victorian market hall interiors. Please sign this petition to Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey to stop the gutting of Smithfield, and to list the building.

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  • Character of Dalston, East London threatened by recent planning application


    SAVE is concerned by plans for a new development on Dalston Lane, Dalston, East London. Dalston is an area of intensive development and its heritage assets are at risk of being swamped. SAVE considers the application to be harmful to the area and is therefore objecting. We urge you to consider doing the same!

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  • Update on Winstanley Hall campaign


    The campaign to save Winstanley Hall and the fine complex of courtyard buildings adjacent continues. SAVE, together with the owner of the site, has applied to English Heritage and the Country House Foundation for grant money to fund emergency works to the listed courtyard buildings. Please read on to find out more and please continue to support us!

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  • Government-funded Pathfinder-style demolitions continue in Liverpool, despite announcements about bringing empty homes back into use


    Liverpool Council today announced that £14million was at last going to be spent on bringing hundreds of empty homes back into use in the city. However, SAVE can reveal almost three times as many empty homes will still be demolished, paid for by this money.

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  • SAVE alternative scheme for Smithfield General Market announced


    Launched last night, the 14th of October, at Alan Baxter and Associates' - a conservation-led scheme for one of the most important empty historic buildings in London today, Smithfield General Market: click the PDF report below to see full text and drawings.

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  • Boris Set to Gut Major Spitalfields Landmark


    SAVE calls for listing on 1929 Baroque Fruit and Wool Exchange built in homage to Hawksmoor

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  • A glimpse into Winstanley's recent history: some photos of the Hall and courtyard in better days


    SAVE was delighted to receive a letter and some photos of Winstanley Hall and courtyard buildings from the daughter of the Bankes family chauffeur and cook, who grew up and lived on the Winstanley Estate for the first 27 years of her life.

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  • STOP PRESS! Urgent call for consultation responses


    SAVE are asking supporters to take ten minutes to help block the bulldozers threatening Liverpool's historic 'Welsh Streets', and support residents' alternative refurbishment proposals. You can do this online.

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  • SAVE calls on the new Housing Minister to support new proposals that champion Liverpool's Welsh Streets.


    SAVE calls on the new Housing Minister to support new proposals that champion Liverpool's Welsh Streets.

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  • The London We Love: SAVE Britain's Heritage's ongoing London campaigns


    London has been the centre of world attention for the last few weeks, its culture and buildings celebrated. Many of these buildings, some of them iconic and internationally known, others important as anchors of local community, are under threat. In the coming year SAVE is going to be compiling a report of buildings at risk in London; we open our campaign with a short list of sites of concern to us now.

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  • RINGO'S BIRTHPLACE BECOMES FIG-LEAF FOR CONTINUING DEMOLITION IN LIVERPOOL'S WELSH STREETS


    SAVE Britain's Heritage and the Empty Homes Charity are dismayed by the tokenism of Housing Minister Grant Shapps and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson who are saving Ringo Starr's birthplace and a handful of other homes on his street, while allowing the demolition of hundreds of nearby homes.

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  • SAVE teams up with Allies & Morrison on new Battersea Scheme


    SAVE has teamed up with Allies and Morrison Architects to devise a step by step proposal to re-use and save Battersea Power Station. Unlike some recent proposals this route to development retains the whole magnificent building.

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  • House of Scottish Great Threatened with Demolition on 100th Anniversary of his Death


    The former home of Sir William Arrol (1839-1913), one of the greatest civil engineering contractors in history and a major figure in Scottish culture, may soon face demolition, pending a decision by South Ayrshire Council this month.

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  • Please help us save Winstanley Hall! £50,000 needed to prevent demolition.


    Please help us raise ÂŁ50,000 to save Winstanley Hall from demolition! ÂŁ50,000 is needed to save Winstanley Hall, an important Grade II* listed house near Wigan, from demolition. SAVE needs to raise this money by December this year (2012) so we urgently need your help! Please open the PDF campaign brochure below to read about the house and the campaign.

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  • Channel 4 Exposes Britain's Empty Homes Scandal


    Channel 4's new series with George Clarke,'The Great British Property Scandal' features plenty of footage of two of SAVE's major battlegrounds, the Welsh Streets of Liverpool and Saltwell in Gateshead.

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  • SAVE Blog - 21 Madryn Street: the house that refused to die


    In May 2011 SAVE bought 21 Madryn Street in Liverpool in an effort to thwart council plans to flatten the house and hundreds around it. This new blog follows the story of the renovation of the property, which is a few doors down from the birthplace of Rin

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  • The hunt is on for buildings at risk


    Know of a building at risk? Please get in touch with SAVE's Buildings at Risk Officer with any suggestions. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you! Please spread the word.

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  • SAVE on the BBC


    SAVE has enjoyed publicity on the BBC - both nationally and regionally - in response to the publication of our 22nd buildings at risk catalogue, Take a Chance on Me. The book features over 100 empty historic buildings threatened by neglect and decay.

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  • Pathfinder's Shameful Legacy Exposed in Devastating New SAVE Report


    SAVE Britain's Heritage has published a devastating verdict on the discontinued Housing Market Renewal (HMR) Pathfinder programme. In a new report 'Housing Scandal! Pathfinder: a Post-Mortem', SAVE attacks both the legacy of the programme and the machiner

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  • Kelvin Street, Welsh Streets, before HMR hit PHOTO: Nina Edge

    Secretary of State Issues Notice Stalling Liverpool's Demolition Plans


    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has issued Liverpool Council with an Article 25 Direction forbidding them to give consent for demolishing the Welsh Streets until he has considered a request by SAVE to require a full environmental assessment ...

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  • Ducie Street in Ganby, Liverpool, under demolition in 2010

    Housing Scandal! Pathfinder: A Post-Mortem


    In this extract from SAVE's latest Pathfinder report, Jonathan Brown, Planner and member of Liverpool Civic Society, examines the legacy of Pathfinder - introducing a detailed critique by Bill Finlay of the recent Audit Commission report on the scheme.

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  • Top Structural Engineer Says Cheaper to Renovate Welsh Streets Houses


    One of the UK's top conservation engineers has said the the Victorian terraced houses in the Welsh Streets area of Liverpool are easily capable of economic repair.

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  • Houses in Toxteth Street, east Manchester, under demolition as part of a Pathfinder programme

    SAVE Secures Landmark Ruling on Demolition


    SAVE Britain's Heritage has secured a landmark judgment against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which will introduce new controls over demolitions of buildings and structures under UK planning law.

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  • View down Church Road with Dockyard Terrace on the right.

    Building Preservation Trust in Dramatic Rescue of Key Endangered Site


    The Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust has completed the heroic rescue of one of the most important and endangered historic sites in the South East of England.

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  • Barry

    New SAVE E-Report - Don't let them bulldoze Barry's Brighton Hospital


    Brighton's Royal Sussex County Hospital, an early and important work by the giant of British architecture, Sir Charles Barry, is threatened with destruction by the area's NHS Trust. SAVE Britain's Heritage has compiled this emergency report as part of ...

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  • SAVE in dramatic bid to list Beatles Houses


    As bulldozers close in on Ringo Starr's childhood home, SAVE and the Merseyside Civic Society appeal for the immediate group listing of Beatles Houses

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  • Application threatening historic dockyard refused at planning


    An application to build three blocks of flats within a unique Georgian residential quarter in Sheerness Dockyard has been thrown out by Swale Borough Council.

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  • Reviving Britain's Terraces: Life after Pathfinder


    SAVE's new, groundbreaking report on Labour's disastrous Housing Market Renewal (Pathfinder) Initiative looks at ways good terraced housing earmarked for demolition can be adapted and upgraded to create exemplar 'eco-communities' of the future.

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  • The writing's on the billboard in battle to save Georgian house in Blackburn


    SAVE has joined a campaign, spearheaded by the Georgian Group, to preserve a listed 1780s house in Blackburn which stands in the way of a proposed link road.

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  • The splendid Tottenham & Edmonton Dispensary - to be retained in Spurs

    SAVE Hails Revised Spurs Stadium Scheme


    SAVE has welcomed dramatic revisions to Tottenham Hotspur's stadium redevelopment, announced on 19 May. The revised scheme is the outcome of cooperation between the football club, SAVE, English Heritage and CABE and has resulted not only in the preservati

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  • Listed Brewery Safe Despite Court Ruling


    SAVE fails in first attempt to secure landmark judgement on demolition but will fight on

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  • Bulldozers Move in on Strood's Edwardian Gem


    Demolition gathers pace.

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  • 15 historic buildings set for demolition under Spurs stadium plans


    Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has now submitted an application to redevelop its existing stadium in north London. The plans involve the demolition of over 15 buildings on Tottenham High Road including 2 listed Georgian houses. SAVE has produced alternat

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  • The Supreme Court and the Middlesex Guildhall - the real story


    On the 1st October, the judges were sworn in at the UK's new Supreme Court, housed at the Middlesex Guildhall. The Grade II* listed building has been adapted to its new function at the cost of ÂŁ59 million and its previously unique, complete, historic inte

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  • Sheerness Dockyard put on WHF's list of Watch sites for 2010


    Sheerness Dockyard, nominated by SAVE Britain's Heritage, has been included on the WMF's list of Watch sites for 2010.

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  • The SAVE Trust - Castle House


    Castle House, a remarkable folly in Bridgwater, Somerset, constructed in 1851 entirely from concrete, was purchased by the SAVE Trust in 2002. Follow the story of the Trust's efforts to rescue and repair this unique Grade II* building.

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  • Demolition approved for Clarence Street School


    Bitter disappointment as Bolton Council vote for demolition of Former Clarence Street School following a hard fought battle.

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  • More threats to historic buildings as a result of school expansion plans


    Proposed expansion of a school in Reading, and the construction of leisure facilities, seek the demolition of 2 fine Victorian villas on Bath Road, Reading.

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  • SAVE Ashley House

    Ashley House - A Complicated Story


    A recent change in Council Cabinet moves the threat away from Ashley House, but for how long?

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  • SAVE Toxteth Street

    The Rebirth of Toxteth Street, SAVE proposes alternatives to demolition of Manchester Terraces


    SAVE Britain's Heritage is joining forces with local residents in east Manchester to fight plans to demolish over 400 terraced houses under the government's notorious Pathfinder initiative.

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  • Barford Granary, Wiltshire


    Delightful granary building saved from demolition and beautifully repaired.

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  • Campaign for Totnes Pumping Station


    Following reports that owners, Dairycrest, had commenced illegal demolition of a rare Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed Atmospheric Pumping House, SAVE called for its immediate listing. In a mad and exciting tale the building was saved!

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  • Unidentified Photograph of the Month


    We are trying to identify certain unmarked photographs in the SAVE archive. Can you help?

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e-Reports
  • Pathfinder's Shameful Legacy Exposed in Devastating New SAVE Report


    SAVE Britain's Heritage has published a devastating verdict on the discontinued Housing Market Renewal (HMR) Pathfinder programme. In a new report 'Housing Scandal! Pathfinder: a Post-Mortem', SAVE attacks both the legacy of the programme and the machiner

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  • Ducie Street in Ganby, Liverpool, under demolition in 2010

    Housing Scandal! Pathfinder: A Post-Mortem


    In this extract from SAVE's latest Pathfinder report, Jonathan Brown, Planner and member of Liverpool Civic Society, examines the legacy of Pathfinder - introducing a detailed critique by Bill Finlay of the recent Audit Commission report on the scheme.

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  • Barry

    New SAVE E-Report - Don't let them bulldoze Barry's Brighton Hospital


    Brighton's Royal Sussex County Hospital, an early and important work by the giant of British architecture, Sir Charles Barry, is threatened with destruction by the area's NHS Trust. SAVE Britain's Heritage has compiled this emergency report as part of ...

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  • A Lament for Lancaster? Stop the destruction of the canal corridor

    A Lament for Lancaster? Stop the destruction of the canal corridor


    In this shocking new report, SAVE Britain's Heritage reveals the devastating impact of a proposed new development in the canal corridor area of the historic city of Lancaster.

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  • Veneto

    Veneto in Peril?


    In 2006 SAVE Britain's Heritage published its devastating report on the unchecked development blighting the setting of the Villas of Palladio in the Veneto. Unforgiveable Assault on a World Heritage Site described the damage being wrought on this remarkab

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Press Release: SAVE objects to Perth and Kinross Council’s proposed demolition of Perth City Hall

SAVE has written to object to an application seeking consent to demolish the Category B listed Perth City Hall, which this year is celebrating its centenary.
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