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HIDDEN GEM: Former Berkhamsted soup kitchen for the poor given Grade II listed status

 Published on: 19th January 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

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.

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