The Benefits of Heritage

Last week we read an interesting report from Historic England – Heritage Counts 2017.

The report analyses research into how Heritage can affect your happiness. Upon reading the report, one of the facts that surprised us the most was that 99.3% of people in England live less than a mile from a listed heritage asset (Historic England 2015).

Our offices are in Shipton-under-Wychwood, a small village in the heart of the Cotswolds. We are lucky enough to be around many period buildings such a Blenheim Palace and Kelmscott Manor. Being surrounded by this type of architecture is one of the reasons we are so passionate about the faithful restoration of these types of buildings. So reading the Historic England report and seeing that 85% of English Adults surveyed agreed that “the quality of the built environment makes a difference to the way we feel” in reference to local heritage was an incredibly comforting thought.

Heritage buildings should be celebrated. The restoration of them isn’t always straightforward nor cheap but if, as shown in the report, so many people agree that they are “more beautiful than newer ones” and “make their area a better place to live”, shouldn’t we all be advocates of only restoring them in the most delicate and authentic way?

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