Music venues make Historic England’s Top 10

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Abbey Road Studios, London gigging institution the 100 Club and Manchester nightspot The Hacienda have been namechecked in Historic England’s new Top 10 Heritage Sites.

They feature alongside key cultural locations around the country, including Shakespeare’s birthplace, Jane Austin’s House and the former homes of Charles Dickens and George Orwell.

The sites were nominated by the public and chosen by novelist Monica Ali, and will be celebrated via Historic England’s new A History of England in 100 Places campaign.

The Hacienda was first opened in May 1982, and hosted gigs by the likes of The Smiths and Madonna. It later came to embody the city’s burgeoning electronic music movement, presiding over the Madchester scene of the late eighties.

In 2011, PRS for Music honoured the venue with a Heritage Award to celebrate its unique place in British musical history. Local band James, who played their first gig at the site, were also awarded.

The 100 Club on London’s Oxford Street started life as a swing club in the forties but is best known for hosting iconic punk gigs from the likes of the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Abbey Road Studios makes number two on the list, thanks for the part it played in creating some of the UK’s most iconic recordings from The Beatles.

All 10 places, shown in descending order below, will be explored in podcasts by radio presenter Emma Barnett.

Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

Abbey Road Studios, St John’s Wood, London

Jane Austen’s House, Chawton, Hampshire

The 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London

George Orwell’s home, Islington, London

The Haçienda, Manchester

The Brontë parsonage, Haworth, West Yorkshire

Handel & Hendrix in London, 23 and 25 Brook Street

Charles Dickens’ former home in Doughty Street, London

Chetham’s Library, Manchester