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Victorian Society and Georgian Group unite to oppose demolition of listed buildings which tell the story of Manchester’s past

The Victorian Society and The Georgian Group have joined forces to campaign against the partial demolition of grade II listed buildings at 47 Piccadilly - an extremely rare survival illustrating Manchester’s development. 47 Piccadilly was built as a house in 1776 but in the 19th century was converted to commercial use by the Midlands Railway Company, which added a warehouse to the existing townhouse during its time at the premises from 1878 to the late 1910s. In the later 20th century, the buildings were used as shops and beauty salons, but for decades have been left to decay.

Victorian Society saddened by the loss of Liverpool’s World Heritage status

The Victorian Society is disappointed to learn of UNESCO’s decision to remove the World Heritage Status of Liverpool’s docks in their latest session on the 20th July 2021.The decision erodes the UK’s reputation for being world leaders on heritage protection.

Victorian Society calls for better protection of UK's World Heritage sites

The Victorian Society is urging the Government to better protect our World Heritage Sites (WHS) following UNESCO’s recommendation to remove Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City from the list of World Heritage Sites. The Government should urgently assure UNESCO of plans to better protect world heritage, and Liverpool in particular, before a final decision on the future of the world heritage site is made in the next few weeks.

Victorian Society listing success for lodge and gateway in park associated with David Bowie

The lodge and gateway to Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham, have been granted Grade II listed status following a Victorian Society listing application. The gate lodge and gateway join the park’s listed ‘David Bowie’ Bandstand to form a fine late Victorian ensemble.

Council urged not to destroy last pub on historic ‘golden mile’

28/05/2021

The Victorian Society’s listing application for The Old Windmill pub in Birmingham was rejected on the 21st of May. This leaves the pub, the last on the historic Dudley Road, at risk of demolition despite a recent notification of demolition being withdrawn.

Victorian Society urges Kinmel Hall’s new buyer to carry out critical repairs

19/05/2021

The Victorian Society welcomes the sale of Kinmel Hall from Acer Properties Ltd at auction last week for £950,000. Rumors on Twitter suggest that a local family has bought the property.

South Cambridgeshire District Council urged to stop Hotel Felix demolition

17/05/2021

The Victorian Society urges South Cambridgeshire District Council to refuse plans to demolish a large house built in 1850 used until recently as Hotel Felix.

Victorian Society saves country house delisted by accident from demolition

04/05/2021

After an apparent error by Historic England led to the delisting of Carham Hall the Victorian Society has successfully secured its relisting to end demolition plans. We are very grateful for the help of Matthew Wood who also submitted his own listing application and provided research to support ours.

Victorian Society’s Birmingham & West Midlands Group commend restoration of Victorian school saved from demolition

The Victorian Society’s Birmingham and West Midland’s group announce their annual Conservation Award...

Crunch time for rotting ‘Versailles of Wales’ as Victorian Society urges suitable buyers to come forward

18/03/2021

The Victorian Society urges Grade I-listed Kinmel Hall’s owners, Acer Properties Ltd BVI to work with Conwy Council to find a suitable buyer and prevent the historic mansion from falling further into ruin.


Fight to save building designed by Sherlock Holmes author reflecting his spiritualist beliefs

11/03/2021

The Victorian Society is fighting to stop the partial demolition of the only known surviving example of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s solo architectural design and perhaps the only building incorporating spiritualist ideas into bricks and mortar.

Victorian Society urges Secretary of State to prevent harm to some of London’s most important Victorian buildings

Camden Council have recently approved plans to demolish the low-rise 1930s Belgrove House, and replace it with a 5-part 10 storey building, harming the setting of the Grade I-listed St Pancras.

Virtual book launch: AWN Pugin by David Frazer Lewis

02/03/2021

Join us on April 28th for the virtual book launch of our publication 'AWN Pugin' by David Frazer Lewis!

Victorian Society urges Mayor to reject Brixton’s Hondo Tower on environmental grounds

08/02/2021

After the Mayor of London reopens his decision, the Victorian Society urges him to stop the tower being built, highlighting its environmental impact.

Worcester’s Vesta Tilley House shouldn’t face the wrecking ball due to non-listing

29/01/2021

Historic England describes Worcester’s Vesta Tilley House as a ‘building of very strong local interest’.

Listing success for Victorian Society’s Leicester Group

29/01/2021

The Leicester Group of the Victorian Society have succeeded in having the Former “Home for Penitent Females” Grade II-listed.

Protect London’s historic heart from skyscrapers’ uncontrolled spread

28/01/2021

The City of London’s Planning and Transportation Committee has given the green light to the 55 Gracechurch Street skyscraper, on the edge of the City’s high-rise cluster and adjacent to many listed and historic buildings.

Victorian Society succeeds in having historic bank Grade II-listed

26/01/2021

The Victorian Society have succeeded in having the Former Union Bank of Manchester in Nelson, Lancashire Grade II-listed.


Victorian Society slams damaging changes to Preston’s landmark Grade I-listed Harris Museum

07/01/2021

The Victorian Society is calling for Preston City Council to refuse plans to alter one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country.

The Victorian Society back local campaign to stop towering 20-storey development in Brixton

05/01/2021

High-rise development by Texan billionaire raises major concerns over the damage to Brixton’s historic environment.



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