A LIST of over 100 historical and important buildings have been shortlisted by Rochford District Council in an effort to protect them when considering future development.
Throughout the district, 128 buildings, from old fire stations and pubs to street furniture such as road signs and post boxes, have been entered onto the “local list” – a list featuring buildings that are considered to be of local historical or architectural importance, but not worthy of national listing.
On the list includes the Old Fire Station, Southend Road, Hockley, which dates back to the 1930s. The red brick building is still used today as an events centre for the town.
The Freight House, in Bradley Way, Rochford, has also been listed.
The resorted formed railway house, which dates back to the 1890s, is now a popular venue and hosts regular functions. Its half-arched windows in a variety of different sizes have been noted as one of its main features.
Quirky entries to the list include a rusty road sign in Great Wakering. The old-style white fingerpost on thejunction of Cupids Corner is broken on one side, but the semi-circular disc on top with Parish of North Shoebury inscribed on it is a local landmark.
The listing of the public toilets on Crown Hill, Rayleigh, has raised a few eyebrows. The cottage style building is considered by some in the town to be an eyesore, but has been noted for its inclusion for its distinction and as a good example of such a building.