Bryanston Park Preservation Group
(BPPG)



GRADE II LISTING - LET'S CELEBRATE

World War II Anti-Tank Defences in Crown Meadow and in the gardens of Bryanston Cottage, Bethune and Nos 1-3 (consec) and 7-12 (consec) Parklands, Blandford Forum, Dorset  - Awarded Listed Building Status

This defence is not a remnant as the Crown Estate have stated, but, in fact, one of the reasons for its designation of Grade II listed it because of its "Intactness: the structure has survived mostly intact".

 

Photograph by kind permisson of Richard Drew - www.Atlantikwall.co.uk
(Please see links section for more Atlantikwall with fascinating photos and information about the history of the area)

Having taken into account all the representations made, and completed an assessment of the building, and English Heritage's recommendation being considered by the Minster for Tourism and Heritage, the Minister decided in January 2012 to add World War II Anti-Tank Defences in Crown Meadow and in gardens of Bryanston Cottage, Bethune and Nos 1-3 (consec) and 7-12 (consec) Parklands to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.  It is now Grade II listed.  Let's celebrate its historic interest. 

Please see official Grade II Listing on English Heritage's website by clicking on the link below.
http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1403075

Reasons for its designation as Grade II Listed:

* Intactness: the structure has survived mostly intact.
* Rarity: it is an unusual example of an adapted and re-enforced ha-ha in order to create an anti-tank trap.
* Group value: it forms part of an important group of defensive structures known as the Blandford Forum Anti-Tank Island.
* Historic interest: in being part of a key World War II military program of inland defence works it provides a poignant visual reminder of the impact of world events on Blandford Forum and the wider landscape of the Southern Common defence area.








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