One natural resource that England has aplenty is history. It’s all around us, and not just the grand palaces, castles, stately homes and cathedrals — it can also be found in the humblest of structures.
The organisation charged with and protecting these buildings is English Heritage. Their criteria for ‘listing’ them is complex, but it includes pretty much everything built up to 1840 and anything after then that is of special interest, quality and character or technological importance. Read more ›››
In an age when no new building is designed to have a useful life beyond a couple of decades, it is all the more sad when others that where built to last are left to fall into ruin. Such is the case with the Theatre Royal in Hyde which I was able to visit today as part of the Open Heritage Days.
It was built in 1902 as a full-size professional theatre. It seated 1,120 people on three levels — the stalls, the circle and the gods — and each level had its own entrance, stairs and ticket office. Where you sat reflected in the price of a ticket and your station in life, the wealthy in the circle, the middling class in the stalls and the hoi polloi in the gods. Read more ›››