Author: CHB

HERITAGE AT RISK

Dover Town Hall upgraded to Grade I listing Maison Dieu, also known as Dover Town Hall, has today been upgraded from Grade II* to Grade I listing on Historic England’s recommendation. The Department for Culture Media and Sport made the decision, supported by the Victorian Society, to upgrade the 800 year old building’s listing following two years of research into its history which revealed hidden decorative work by Victorian architect William Burges. Originally a Medieval hospital offering shelter to pilgrims heading to Canterbury Cathedral, the building in Dover, south east Kent, was extensively remodelled in the late nineteenth century...

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New £15 million mosque in Cambridge being built for 1,000 worshippers

Work on a massive new £15 million mosque in Cambridge’s Mill Road is now under way and it can be seen being built live on webcam. The Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque, currently located in Mawson Road, off Mill Road, plans to move to the larger premises for 1,000 worshipers which was previously owned by Robert Sayle and is on the same road. Planned to be an environmentally-friendly building, it will boast an underground car park, a prayer hall, a restaurant and a park. The environmentally-friendly features in the mosque will include vegetation on the roof, a water recycling scheme,...

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Synagogue in Sadhora, Ukraine rededicated after being rebuilt and renovated

The famous synagogue and rabbi’s residence in Sadhora (Sadagora) Ukraine, near Chernivtsi, has been rededicated after more than three years of reconstruction and renovation work. The huge, Moorish-style synagogue, with turrets, towers and big arched windows, was where one of the most flamboyant Hasidic dynasties held court in the 19th century. It was built by Rabbi Abraham Jacob Friedmann, who succeeded his father Rebbe Israel Friedman, the founder of the dynasty, and continued the opulent court. For decades under the Soviets it housed a machine shop for collective farms, and later stood derelict. Hundreds of Hassidim came to Sadhora...

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NYC 168th Street subway station renovation reveals historic details

When you Google the 168th Street Station, one of the top results is “168th street station creepy” and there’s a good reason for that. The Washington Heights station, where the 1 train stops, has been pretty decrepit for years. It was built as a grand station of the IRT subway, the first line in the city, with a tiled tunnel arch and vintage lanterns, it was badly in need of renovation. The exciting news is that the renovation is well underway and you can finally see some of the grandeur peeking through now that the ceiling is done. The...

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Garden Cities (Shire Library), Paperback, by Sarah Rutherford (Author)

The Garden City Movement provided a radical new model for the design and layout of housing at the turn of the nineteenth century and set standards for the twentieth century which were of international significance. The vision of the movement’s founder, Ebenezer Howard, drew on many strands of political and utopian thought, and initially aimed at addressing the problems of an increasingly urban and dysfunctional society along ‘the peaceful path to real reform’. It took only five years, from 1898 to 1903 for the idea to take root in the open fields of North Hertfordshire, when Earl Grey proclaimed...

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