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Children’s play area on 1970s council estate is among new Grade-II listed places

Picture the kind of sites that are granted protected status and you’ll probably think of somewhere grand or historically significant – York Minster or the house in which Shakespeare was born, for instance.

Now there is a new addition to Historic England’s esteemed register of listed structures – a children’s slide on a council estate in London.

The structure – designed by landscape architect Michael Brown – was built in the 1970s in Westminster and has been delighting children ever since. 

The children's slide on a council estate in London was designed by the landscape architect Michael Brown  and built in the 1970s in Westminster

The children’s slide on a council estate in London was designed by the landscape architect Michael Brown  and built in the 1970s in Westminster

It is one of the last surviving play constructions from this period. Now it has cemented its place in history by being added to the National Heritage List with a Grade II-listing.

Historic England described the setting as ‘the most complete public housing project’ by Mr Brown and also complimented the play area’s complex brickwork. 

It added that ‘very few items of play equipment have been listed, and this is a particularly ambitious and inventive creation’.

It was one of 24 parks, gardens and landscapes which were granted protection. 

The Golden Lane Estate in the City of London is also on Historic England's esteemed register of listed structures

The Golden Lane Estate in the City of London is also on Historic England’s esteemed register of listed structures

The protected Golden Lane Estate in the City of London was built between 1953 and 1962

The protected Golden Lane Estate in the City of London was built between 1953 and 1962

Campbell Park in Milton Keynes features a 'Light Pyramid' first lit for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012

Campbell Park in Milton Keynes features a ‘Light Pyramid’ first lit for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012

Other places added to the list were Campbell Park in Milton Keynes which features a ‘Light Pyramid’ first lit for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Also included is the Golden Lane Estate, Barbican, City of London, built between 1953 and 1962. 

Duncan Wilson, from Historic England, said: ‘This project shines a light on some amazing landscapes that exist all over the country, celebrating how they enhance our lives.’

The sculpted formal landscape at the housing estate in Alexandra Road Park in Camden, north London, took shape from 1968 to feature walled and sunken play areas, open spaces plus lime, cherry and plane trees.

The Kennedy memorial landscape in, Runnymede, Surrey, was designed in 1964-65 by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe for the British government and the Kennedy Memorial Trust.

The Jellicoe watercourse is at the site of the former Cadbury Factory on the Wirral

The Jellicoe watercourse is at the site of the former Cadbury Factory on the Wirral

Chaucer House, Keats House and Shelley House in Churchill Gardens, Pimlico, London

Chaucer House, Keats House and Shelley House in Churchill Gardens, Pimlico, London

St Catherine's College, Oxford is among the sites to be given a Grade-II listing

St Catherine’s College, Oxford is among the sites to be given a Grade-II listing

The sculpted formal landscape at the housing estate in Alexandra Road Park in Camden, north London, took shape from 1968

The sculpted formal landscape at the housing estate in Alexandra Road Park in Camden, north London, took shape from 1968

The work, designed to reflect the international regard for President Kennedy, features water meadows associated with the signing of the Magna Carta and the development of democratic government.

Denmans Garden in West Sussex, where influential garden designer John Brookes opened a garden design school.

The “striking” landscape around the Cummins Engine Factory in Darlington, County Durham, is another highlight, according to HE.

Harlow Town Park, Essex has been added to the  Grade-II list

Harlow Town Park, Essex has been added to the  Grade-II list

Fieldend in Richmond, London got added to the special status list

Fieldend in Richmond, London got added to the special status list

The Water Gardens Estate, Paddington joins the prestigious list of Grade-II locations

The Water Gardens Estate, Paddington joins the prestigious list of Grade-II locations

Heritage England has bestowed Grade-II status on York Gate Garden, Leeds

Heritage England has bestowed Grade-II status on York Gate Garden, Leeds

Memorials, the grounds of housing estates, institutions and private houses, as well as commercial and industrial sites, are also among the places which have been listed.

The Awakening Sculpture at Roper’s Gardens in Chelsea, London, and the Jellicoe watercourse at the former Cadbury Factory on the Wirral are among some eye-catching structures which have been set in the landscapes that now have a Grade II listing.

HE chief executive Duncan Wilson described each of the landscapes given protection as “special”.

Beth Chatto Gardens in Colchester, Essex, was "the birthplace of a revolutionary planting style that continues to influence gardening today"

Beth Chatto Gardens in Colchester, Essex, was “the birthplace of a revolutionary planting style that continues to influence gardening today”

Mr Wilson pointed to Broadwater Park, Buckinghamshire, “which gave out-of-town office staff a pleasant place to stroll at lunchtime,” Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe’s watercourse at the Cadbury factory, which “delighted” passing workers with its cascades and weirs, and praised designer Beth Chatto’s site in Colchester, Essex, as “the birthplace of a revolutionary planting style that continues to influence gardening today”.

He added: “These past few months have taught us that our green open spaces improve the quality of the environment around us, are good for our wellbeing and give us breathing space.”

Dominic Cole, president of The Gardens Trust, said: “Twentieth-century heritage landscapes have often been overlooked and undervalued, so we hope that these additions to the register will throw a spotlight on the importance and quality of post-war designed landscapes.”

A narrow waterway adorns the grounds of Shute House in Shaftesbury, Dorset

A narrow waterway adorns the grounds of Shute House in Shaftesbury, Dorset

This estate in Alton East, Roehampton was one of the more unusual locations for be given Grade-II status

This estate in Alton East, Roehampton was one of the more unusual locations for be given Grade-II status

The Kennedy memorial landscape in, Runnymede, Surrey, was designed in 1964-65 by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

The Kennedy memorial landscape in, Runnymede, Surrey, was designed in 1964-65 by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

The Awakening Sculpture at Roper's Gardens in Chelsea, London

The Awakening Sculpture at Roper’s Gardens in Chelsea, London

Among the places which were upgraded or listed are:

Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester, Essex (Grade II)

York Gate Garden, Leeds, West Yorkshire (Grade II)

Denmans Garden, Fontwell, West Sussex (Grade II)

Shute House, Shaftesbury, Dorset (Grade II*)

Kennedy Memorial landscape, Runnymede, Surrey (Grade II)

Alexandra Road Park, Camden, Greater London (Grade II*)

Brunel Estate, Westminster, Greater London (Grade II)

Golden Lane Estate, City of London (Grade II)

Water Gardens, Burwood Place, Edgware Road, Greater London (Grade II)

Churchill Gardens Estate, Pimlico, Greater London (Grade II)

Fieldend, Twickenham, Middlesex (Grade II)

Alton East & Alton West, Roehampton, Greater London (both at Grade II)

Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (Grade II)

Harlow Town Park, Essex (Grade II)

Roper’s Gardens, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, Greater London (Grade II)

The Improvement Garden at Stockwood Park, Luton, Bedfordshire (Grade II*)

St Catherine’s College, Oxford (upgraded from Grade II to Grade I)

Cummins Engine Factory landscape (Grade II)

Jellicoe watercourse at the former Cadbury Factory, Moreton, Wirral (Grade II)

Broadwater Park, Denham, Buckinghamshire (Grade II)

Stockley Park, Uxbridge, Greater London (Grade II)

Denmans Garden in West Sussex, where influential garden designer John Brookes opened a garden design school

Denmans Garden in West Sussex, where influential garden designer John Brookes opened a garden design school

The "striking" landscape around the Cummins Engine Factory in Darlington, County Durham

The “striking” landscape around the Cummins Engine Factory in Darlington, County Durham

Broadwater Park in Denham, Buckinghamshire, gave "out-of-town office staff a pleasant place to stroll at lunchtime"

Broadwater Park in Denham, Buckinghamshire, gave “out-of-town office staff a pleasant place to stroll at lunchtime”

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