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6,000 sites on historic danger list

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BBC Television Centre sold for £200m

The BBC has sold its landmark Television Centre for about £200 million.

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Thousands of people have marked the summer solstice despite the celebration being one of the wettest in years.

Plans to regenerate London's Crystal Palace Park upheld

Multi-million pound plans to regenerate historic Crystal Palace Park were upheld by the High Court today.

Pre-Globe Shakespeare theatre unearthed in London

Archaeologists in London have discovered the remains of an early playhouse used by William Shakespeare's company where Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed.

Little Chef, A1 Markham Moor, Retford, Nottinghamshire.

The listed buildings certain to fuel discussion

Petrol stations are not known for fuelling aesthetic enlightenment (think more financial ruin, as we watch our money flow away in a blur of digits) but there was a time when filling up required a sophisticated setting.

The bowl-shaped arena at Knebworth Park can hold 125,000 music fans

Knebworth House rocked to its foundations

Cancellation of music festival leaves owner struggling to pay for essential repair work

Framlingham Castle in Suffolk

Extreme weather warning: Britain's heritage buildings feel the heat – and cold

Experts fear they are fighting a losing battle as increasingly erratic conditions take their toll

Fiction writer, Jean Rhys, famed for Wide Sargasso Sea, will be honoured by English Heritage at Paultons Square

A happy twist in the tale of literature's great outsider

A blue plaque will honour Jean Rhys, whose life was marked by alcoholism, prostitution and doomed affairs

Set sail: BeWILDerwood Adventure Park in Norfolk

Sport: Better, faster, stronger...weirder

Christmas books of the year: From the boxer who couldn't run to the footballer who couldn't pass, these sporting books and biogs celebrate some unusual triumphs over adversity

2003: One of the Priddy Circles, with sinkholes and ditches clearly visible

Not a Priddy sight: man held after Bronze Age stone circle vandalised

A man has been arrested after a set of Bronze Age earthworks more than 4,000 years old were vandalised.

English Heritage accused of rewriting history

A playwright has pulled out of a project to dramatise a castle's history claiming the quango that commissioned it wanted to censor references to Jews and Nazis in the Second World War for fear of "offending" the audience.

The Insider: How to tackle an old house

When the British fashion design duo Antoni & Alison bought a derelict 1820s house, they spent a year, they say, "Going, 'Agh! What do we do with it?'" They wanted to respect its history but not to the point that it resembled an English Heritage property. The result is a surprisingly beautiful blend of giant Mr Blobby ornaments and painstakingly salvaged authenticity (above). On 17 September, as part of London Fashion Week, they open it to the public (open houselondon. org.uk). I asked Antoni what he'd learnt during the restoration...

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