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Skegness Esplanade and Tower Gardens, Lincolnshire

The place where Billy Butlin opened his first Butlin’s holiday camp in 1936 following his success in developing amusement parks, which he began with a hoopla stall. (PA)

From gravestones to Butlins: 20 unusual sites given protected status by Historic England

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

A gravestone and the gardens where Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp are among some of the more unusual sites protected by Historic England this year.

A Roman parade ground, “acoustic mirrors” for detecting aircraft before radar and 1970s’ concrete student halls have also made it on to a list of the 20 most intriguing places given listed status in 2017.

In total, 1,041 historic buildings, landscapes, monuments and sites have been given protected status in the past year, the Government’s heritage agency said.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England‘s chief executive, said: “Ninety nine per cent of people in England live within a mile of a listed building or place.

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“While many places on the list are well known and even world famous, we also want people to understand and enjoy the extraordinary range of history on their own doorsteps.

“These sites are irreplaceable and showcase the wonderfully distinct and diverse character of England and its people across thousands of years.”

John Glen, Heritage Minister, added: “In the year we marked the 70th anniversary of the listing scheme, I am pleased that so many important and interesting places have been protected for the nation.”