A Berkhamsted cottage and former soup kitchen has been granted Grade II listed status.
Throughout 2022, some 240 sites were added to the National Heritage List for England.
Historic England collated a list highlighting 23 of these “listed gems”, including the site at Berkhamsted Castle.
Records suggest that the site started life as a stable and brewhouse in the 16th century. In 1865, an extension linked the cottage to a new building set up as a soup kitchen for the poor.
Another veranda was added to form a covered walkway for people to queue under while they waited to receive soup at the kitchen door.
Listing a building brings it under the consideration of the planning system, meaning it can be protected for future generations.