Rutland makes headline news again!

Rutland makes headline news again!

We’ve got quite used to Rutland making the headline news this year. Firstly, when Rutland was named the best place in mainland UK to live, and then Oakham was named the 6th best town in the UK to live in several weeks ago. Today, Rutland is in the headline news again as the Thor missile site at the former RAF North Luffenham, Rutland, has been given a Grade II* listing!

English Heritage made this annoucement this morning:

The remains of two Cold War nuclear missile sites have been given listed status in recognition of their national architectural and historic significance by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), acting on the advice of English Heritage. The announcement comes on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis (16-28 October, 1962), the closest the world came to nuclear confrontation. During the Cuban crisis, the now listed missile sites in Rutland and Northamptonshire were put on alert and their Thor nuclear missiles prepared for a possible launch on the Soviet Union.

The Thor missile site at the former RAF North Luffenham (today, St George’s Barracks) in Rutland is listed at Grade II* while the Thor missile site at the former RAF Harrington (today, mainly farmland) in Northamptonshire is listed at Grade II.  Today, many of England’s buildings and structures associated with the Cold War period have been demolished, abandoned or neglected. The listing of the Rutland and Northamptonshire missile sites provides them with an additional layer of protection and is part of an on-going English Heritage project to ensure that the best Cold War architecture is safe-guarded.

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