Formative Manchester club Hacienda and legendary recording studio Abbey Road have been named into the top 10 historic sites in the UK. They are up there with some rather important other cultural monuments like Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire and the houses next door to each other where Handel and Jimi Hendrix once lived centuries apart.
The list was compiled as part of a Historic England campaign titled A History of England in 100 Places via The Guardian. 10 historic places for music and literature were nominated by the public and then chosen by novelist Monica Ali.
Abbey Road, a recording studio that The Beatles named an album after and many other artists record at, comes in at two, while The 100 Club is number four as the world’s longest surviving music venue.
Hacienda slots in at six. The now closed Manchester club opened in 1982 and was critical to the development and boom of house music in the UK.
1. Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon
2. Abbey Road Studios, St John’s Wood, London
3. Jane Austen’s House, Chawton, Hampshire
4. The 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London
5. George Orwell’s home, Islington, London
6. The Haçienda, Manchester
7. The Brontë parsonage, Haworth, West Yorkshire
8. Handel & Hendrix in London, 23 and 25 Brook Street
9. Charles Dickens’ former home in Doughty Street, London
10. Chetham’s Library, Manchester