A Victorian chemist shop and Second World War observation post and a kinetic water feature in Liverpool are among the hundreds of historic places that have been given heritage protection by Heritage England.

The public body aims to help people enjoy and care for the country's historic environment by listing buildings so that they are protected from development.

There were 553 new protected historic buildings and sites on the National Heritage List for England in 2019, according to the organisation's figures.

They include 37 scheduled monuments, two parks and gardens and one protected ship wreck off the Norfolk coast.

Also on the list are a Tudor playhouse and First World War training trenches among the numerous historic and quirky sites.

Sites that have been added include a concrete arrow in the ground in Putsborough Sands, North Devon, used to direct bombers the right way to practice and First World War training trenches in Kent.

The Second World War practice bombing range indicator and observation post, in Putsborough, Devon.

The north Devon coast was one of the major training centres for allied troops in the run-up to D-day and the structure's one of only two of its kind in the county.

Duncan Wilson, the chief executive of Historic England, highlighted the latest additions including a kinetic water sculpture, and the 19th Century Nursemaids Tunnel in Regent's Park, London.

It is one of the earliest surviving pedestrian subways, built in 1821 and was built as the busy road above was considered dangerous, especially to children being taken to the park by a nursemaid.

The spray fountain at Promenade Gardens, South Parade, Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire.

"By celebrating the extraordinary historic places which surround us, above and below ground, we hope to inspire in people a greater interest in our shared heritage, and a commitment to pass it on," said Mr Wilson.

The list includes a vertical spinning tunnel, a lido and a phone box in a field in north Yorkshire.

The two-tiered spray fountain in Promenade Gardens, Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire, is a brightly coloured landmark standing within an ornamental planted  gardens that has been added.

Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was listed because it is a "remarkably intact example of a 1930s lido in the Arts and Crafts style" which was built between 1934 and 1938.

A former chemist shop in Lowestoft, Suffolk, was also added to the list, which was purpose-built for Chemist and Druggist Robert Morris in 1851 along with a vertical spinning tunnel in Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire.

The wood panelled former chemist's shop in Suffolk was listed

The Piazza Fountain at Beetham Plaza, Liverpool, was also included (which is known locally as the Bucket Fountain) was created by Welsh designer Richard Huws based on a prototype designed for the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Helen Whately, the Heritage Minister, said England was home to many historic - and sometimes quirky - sites.

"Protecting our heritage is of huge importance so future generations can better understand all of the things that have made this nation great," she said. 

She said she was "delighted" there were such a diverse range of important and interesting places protected in 2019 by Historic England.

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