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His­toric Eng­land has marked the 50th an­niver­sary of the sex­ual of­fences Act (1967), which par­tially de­crim­i­nalised ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, by an­nounc­ing two new grade ii list­ings. the Cabin, a for­mer fish­er­man’s store perched on the cliffs at Bide­ford Bay in devon, was the stu­dio and re­treat of the artists Ju­dith Ack­land and Mary stella Ed­wards from 1924. the pair met and fell in love in London as art stu­dents and, when Ack­land died in 1971, her dev­as­tated part­ner never re­turned to the stone cabin. now in the hands of the na­tional trust, it re­mains al­most ex­actly as the artists left it. Also in devon, the Chapel of st Anne, in saun­ton, has been listed both for its ar­chi­tec­tural mer­its as a 19th-cen­tury chapel and its as­so­ci­a­tion with the Arts-and­crafts artist Mary Lown­des, who de­signed one of its stained-glass win­dows in 1906. Lown­des, a cre­ator of suf­frag­ist posters, post­cards and ban­ners, lead an en­tre­pre­neur­ial life in London, where she lived with part­ner and fel­low suf­fragette Bar­bara Forbes.

As part of His­toric Eng­land’s Pride of Place re­search project into the un­told sto­ries of Les­bian gay trans­gen­der and Queer (LGBTQ) her­itage, it has also an­nounced the relist­ing of 14 other sites, in­clud­ing read­ing gaol, im­mor­talised by os­car Wilde, and the Ken­sal green Ceme­tery grave of James Barry, a Vic­to­rian mil­i­tary sur­geon who, on his death, was dis­cov­ered to be fe­male. Jack Watkins

A win­dow in a Devon chapel by Suf­fragette Mary Lown­des

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