Cu­ri­ouser and cu­ri­ouser

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ISTORIC Eng­land has ad­mit­ted to the un­usual char­ac­ter of some of last year’s list­ings. There are 1,033 new des­ig­na­tions and, fit­tingly for the an­niver­sary year of the Bat­tle of the Somme, these in­clude 640 war memo­ri­als.

More un­usual are the 18th-cen­tury ar­ti­fi­cial bee­hives at St Teath, Corn­wall; a ship­wreck, washed up at Mine­head; and the fam­ily tomb of il­lus­tra­tor John Leighton at Har­row on the Hill—its dec­o­ra­tion is ex­trav­a­gant even by Vic­to­rian neo-gothic stan­dards. A bathing house at East Cowes, Isle of Wight, de­signed in the style of a castel­lated tower, has been given a Grade II list­ing, as has the Olde English Tea House in Dar­wen, Lan­cashire, lav­ishly built in the ‘Tu­dor­bethan’ id­iom in 1911–12 to mark the Corona­tion of Ge­orge V. Jack Watkins

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A wooden ship­wreck on Mad­brain Sands at Mine­head, Som­er­set

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