Our (Local) Petrol Heritage!

A local architectural landmark has just achieved a rare – and indeed unusual – distinction; it’s become the first petrol station to attain the status of a listed building from the English Heritage Society.

The Esso station on the A6 at Birstall in Leicestershire was selected primarily for its unusual mushroom-like forecourt canopies, built in the late 1960’s by an American designer. Although such canopies were once a common sight, these are the last in the country that are completely intact, and Heritage Minister John Penrose awarded the site a Grade 2 listing in recognition of a time “when road travel captured the public’s imagination and the motorway was full of futuristic glamour”.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the local history of the Leicestershire area, we have a wide range of reading matter on the subject. We also have many books on the subject of industrial architecture and historic buildings.

To find out more about English Heritage, and other listed locations in the local area, why not visit their website?

The Esso Station on the A6 at Birstall, image copyright Ned Trifle, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.