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Raleigh Bicycle Company Head Office listed as National Heritage List reaches 400,000 entries

The National Heritage List for England has reached a record 400,000 entries, recognising and protecting precious historic sites across the country

Posted on Fri, Dec 28th, 2018 3:42 pm by news services

* Raleigh Cycle Company former head office in Nottingham is listed at Grade II, as British cycling celebrates 200 years

* An Art Deco airport terminal, Plymouth Theatre Royal and a ‘squatter’s cottage’ in Shropshire also newly listed

The National Heritage List for England has reached an impressive 400,000 entries for the first time.

Encompassing historic buildings, monuments, battlefields, shipwrecks, designed landscapes and World Heritage Sites, the List records the extraordinarily varied built heritage of our country and offers protection so these places can continue to be appreciated for years to come.

Hitting the 400,000 mark is the purpose-built flagship office for the Raleigh Cycle Company in Nottingham, listed at Grade II by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England.

Raleigh was the world's leading manufacturer of bicycles when the head office was built in 1931 – at its largest the company produced over one million bicycles in a year across a 60 acre site.

The factory was also the focal point for a challenge to the racially-selective employment policy of many of Nottingham's biggest companies, which resulted in the factory becoming one the city's largest employers of African Caribbean workers.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive, said: “The List is a treasure trove of special historic places that demonstrates the rich variety of England’s history. Reaching 400,000 entries is a milestone – it confirms just how important our heritage is and how much deserves protecting for future generations.”

Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “The National Heritage List for England tells the story of our past, and the people, places and events that shaped it. This landmark highlights the huge diversity of historic places that we have protected and the integral role heritage plays in our culture."