As part of the Government’s 'Build Back Better' initiative, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) in association with Historic England has provided funding to 22 areas to develop local heritage asset lists. Surrey is one of the areas to have received this funding and over the next year, the County Council will be leading a project team in partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council, to update the local heritage asset list for Elmbridge (as well as for five other Surrey authorities).
The project seeks to identify and include on the list those assets most valued by our local communities.
The County Council has launched an online nominations process for assets to be considered for inclusion on the local heritage list. These might be buildings, or structures such as statues, memorials, sculptures, walls, or pieces of street furniture. Alternatively, they might be parks or gardens, or other examples of designed landscapes. They could also be features in the landscape, such as prehistoric trackways or field boundaries, or the visible remains of archaeological sites such as banks, ditches, and walls. Heritage assets can take many forms and can be almost anything which gives an insight into how communities and places functioned and provides us with a physical link to our past. Nominations will then be assessed against a set of selection criteria, and draft lists compiled for each borough which will be consulted on early next year.
Once the list has been approved by Elmbridge Borough Council, it will be used to inform planning decisions, the preparation of the Local Plan and, the heritage assets on them will be added to the Surrey Historic Environment Record (HER) managed and maintained by the County Council.
Alternatively, you may wish to respond directly to Surrey County Council in which case the nomination form is obtainable at:
In considering what we should nominate it is important that we try and think ahead and identify as we go through this century what building would we have wished to have been on the list. An example of this would be the Royal Mail Sorting Office in the High Street; in 50 years’ time, people won’t know what a local sorting office was and why it had to be so central to the village and we will wish it had been listed. Is it too cheeky to include the Public Conveniences in Holly hedge Road? Other assets which we could include are:
- 65-69 Portsmouth Road ( APW estate agents and the building behind).
- Ebenezer Hall in Cedar Road (and possibly the Gospel Hall in Anyards Road) these halls were commonplace in the late 1800s but most have now been demolished.
- St Bridgets in Church Street which used to be the laundry for many of the large local houses. Again these were commonplace 100 years ago but have now disappeared.
- The milestone on the Portsmouth road showing Hyde Park Corner 17 miles away and Ripley and Esher 4 & 3 miles respectively.
- Some of the Victorian shop fronts on both sides of the High Street between Farrants and the Sorting Office.
- Cobham Pier (the Mill is already listed).
- The Air raid shelter and the granite memorial to the fallen of the second World War on the Tilt (the Cherry Trees are already a “monument”).
- Cobham and Stoke D’Abernon Railway Station
- 57-67 (odd numbers) Anyards Road – three lovely double cottages with intricate architecture and brickwork reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts era.