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World Heritage List

Volume 87: debated on Thursday 21 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what nominations he has in mind to put forward for the world heritage list; and if he will make a statement.

My noble Friend the Minister of State made an announcement today in another place on this subject.The World Heritage convention, to which the United Kingdom ratified last year, provides for the protection of cultural and natural properties of outstanding universal value, in part by the drawing up of a world heritage list. The Government are anxious that the United Kingdom and the Dependent Territories should be fully and properly represented in the list. To secure an entry sites should first be included in the so-called "tentative list" which gives advance warning of nominations likely to come forward in the next few years. The second stage is the submission of fully-documented nominations to the world heritage committee. If the nominations are approved, the sites are then entered on the world heritage list.

The tentative list of sites that the United Kingdom is putting forward is as follows:


A. Monuments

  • i. Dark Age and Medieval
  • 1. St. Patrick's isle (Isle of Man)
  • 2. Canterbury cathedral
  • 3. Tower of London
  • 4. Durham cathedral and castle
  • 5. Fountains Abbey and St. Mary's, Studley Royal
  • 6. St. David's Close and Bishop's palace
  • 7. Historic Cambridge colleges
  • ii. Post-medieval
  • 8. Chatsworth
  • 9. Blenheim Palace
  • 10. Stourhead
  • 11. Menai and Conwy suspension bridges
  • 12. The Palace of Westminster
  • 13. SS Great Britain and Western Docks, Bristol
  • B. Groups of Buildings

  • 14. Ecclesiastical sites of Lough Erne
  • 15. The castles and town walls of King Edward I in Gwynedd
  • 16. Lacock
  • 17. Bath
  • 18. Edinburgh Old and New towns
  • 19. New Lanark
  • 20. Cregneash (Isle of Man)
  • 21. Ironbridge gorge
  • 22. Gibraltar defences
  • C. Sites

  • 23. Stonehenge, Avebury and associated sites
  • 24. Mainland Orkney
  • 25. Navan fort
  • 26. Caerleon Legionary fortress
  • 27. Hadrian's Wall military zone

  • 28. St. Kilda
  • 29. Giant's Causeway and Causeway coast
  • 30. Lake District national park
  • 31. The Wash and North Norfolk coast
  • 32. The British Virgin Islands: Anegada
  • 33. The British Virgin Islands: The Baths area of Virgin Gorda
  • 34. St. Helena: Diana's Peak and High Peak
  • 35. Henderson Island, Pitcairn Group
  • 36. Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha
  • The United Kingdom proposes to put forward the following substantive nominations this year:

    • Durham Cathedral and Castle
    • Fountains Abbey and St. Mary's Studley Royal
    • The castles and town walls of King Edward I in Gwynedd
    • Ironbridge Gorge
    • Stonehenge, Avebury and associated sites
    • St. Kilda
    • Giant's Causeway and Causeway coast