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New buildings and landmarks added to city’s heritage register

Published on 08 May 2018


 

A LOCAL register that lists hundreds of Leicester buildings and landmarks of local significance has been boosted with 16 new additions.

The Leicester Heritage Asset Register – or local list – includes buildings and other landmarks of local significance that may not meet the strict national criteria for listed status, but are nonetheless important to the city.

Among the sixteen new additions to the list are a nationally rare example of a late-19th century former hydraulic machine house built by the Midland Railway and a 1930s horse trough donated from Australia.

A mid-19th century former slum house in Garden Street, one of the last remaining examples of Victorian slum housing in the city, has also now been added to the local list.

Other new additions include the bride parapet over Old River Soar, in Braunstone Gate; the Foresters Arms public house building, in Frog Island; Masjid Usman Mosque, in Nedham Street; historic mile posts on Abbey Lane and Belgrave Gate, and an early-19th century flood water marker on the Grand Union Canal.

The additions will bring the total number of heritage assets on the local list to 401.

Deputy City Mayor and city council heritage champion Cllr Adam Clarke said: “The inclusion of these 16 new additions to the local list shows the council’s continuing dedication to protecting buildings and landmarks of local value. It also reflects the rich and diverse architectural heritage that Leicester has to offer.

“The local list is an important way of recognising the buildings, places and local landmarks that are important to the people and history of Leicester.”

All 16 new entries were considered by a panel made up of Cllr Clarke, local historian and chair of the Conservation Advisory Panel Richard Gill, and Nils Feldmann from the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects

Inclusion on the local list does not offer the same level of protection as listed status. However, it does ensure that the historical and architectural significance of these locally listed buildings and landmarks is taken into account when considering planning applications and development opportunities.

For more information about Leicester’s Local Heritage Asset Register visit www.leicester.gov.uk/locallist