Conserved for the future
During the 1960s, a time of rapid technological change when many old buildings were being replaced, motions were also made in Parliament towards preserving areas of town and country which had special historic or architectural quality. Dr Kenneth Roy Fennell, who worked in the local planning department from 1950 until 1982, put Stamford forward for a pilot study under the emerging Civic Amenities Act which protects whole areas, not just buildings. Five key areas were identified as Stamford’s historic core. These included St Peter’s Street, Barn Hill, High Street and Broad Street, St Mary’s Street and High Street St Martin’s. On 28 September 1967, Stamford became Britain’s first Conservation Area, helping to preserve its unique charm.