Motoring heritage protected from demolition

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The Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced the Grade II listing of 13 car-related buildings following advice from English National Heritage.

These structures have been chosen because they chart the rise of motoring in England from an aspirational pastime for the few to a necessity for the many.

They include everything from a ‘motor stable’ (above) that was purpose-built for an automotive pioneer, to the 1909 Morris Motors building in Oxford, rural 1920s petrol stations plus the ’60s Tower Garage in Alderley Edge (below) and the airport-inspired Forton Tower near Lancaster on the M6 (main pic).

Listed-building consent would now be needed from the local authority before any of these buildings could be either demolished or drastically altered from their current form.

Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey said: “There was an undeniably romantic flavour to motoring in the UK during the first half of the 20th century. Cars looked distinctive and many designs we now think of as classics were born in that era.  

“What’s less well recorded, however, are the buildings and structures that provided the setting and infrastructure for the golden age of the motor car.  These listings go some way to filling that gap.”  

You can view a full list of the latest designations on the English National Heritage website.

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