Curiouser and curiouser
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
A wooden shipwreck on Madbrain Sands at Minehead, Somerset