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UK's unsung landmarks: The vote
We asked you to nominate the UK's greatest unsung landmarks. We received well over a thousand suggestions. Here's the shortlist divided by region - the vote to pick eight finalists closes on 23 August.



Jodrell Bank telescope

Jodrell Bank Telescope. Over 50 years on and it is still awesome. It can be seen for tens of miles from anywhere on the hills surrounding the Cheshire Plain and it still stirs my imagination every time I see it. It takes you back to when space exploration was very new and inspired some fab 50s and 60s sci-fi films. I also know I'm near home when I see it from the road or from the air and as I live in a beautiful part of Cheshire, that is a good thing.
Steve Jones, age 43 and a half, Poynton, Cheshire

North and Scotland results

The Transporter Bridge between Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. As a small boy I used to stand under it and think it was the biggest thing in the world and it inspired me to become an engineer. Today you can cross it by car for 1. Take your kids over and watch their faces as you tell them it was built many years ago by giants.
Neil, Sandwich, Kent

My favourite "unsung" landmark is the Glasgow Necropolis. On the eastern edge of the city centre, the Necropolis is a beautiful example of Glasgow's Victorian heritage. The Necropolis is a "garden cemetery" built on a hill, and recent lighting improvements mean that even at night the sprawl of ornate mausoleums and monuments can be seen from afar. The site and its inhabitants have a fascinating history, almost forgotten but now being actively preserved by the city council and the organisation Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.
Carol Young, Glasgow, Scotland

Middlesbrough transporter bridge - picture: Dave Robinson

Sheffield has a better loved, unobvious landmark, in that of the Tinsley Viaduct cooling towers. While long since decommissioned they are often touted as being "the gateway to Sheffield" and are, to some extent, visually pleasing to boot. Sadly, I believe plans are afoot to knock them down. I think on that day, the majority of Sheffielders will feel a little sadder as they pass the site. While I have moved away from Sheffield for the time being, I never quite feel like I'm home until I see those cooling towers, and I don't think I'm alone in that feeling either.
Rob G, Sheffield

Emley Moor tower (photo: Arqiva)
Emley Moor tower (photo: Arqiva)
Jutting from the Yorkshire moors, Emley Moor transmitter tower is the tallest free-standing building in the British Isles, and for an 11,000-tonne construct displays considerable elegance. Not only an awesome monument to the three-channel age, this slender sentinel is also testament to Man's determination to outwit nature, built as it was to replace an earlier tower which collapsed during severe weather in 1969. Viewed from up close, it's a truly breathtaking edifice; concrete-grey juxtaposed with a floor of rolling greens. One cannot help but marvel at the engineering prowess and yearn for the tower-top panorama.
Rich Simisker, Sheffield, UK

I love the Runcorn chemical works. When I was a kid we often used to drive past it at night (on our way back from a holiday in Wales). I asked my father what it was - then decided I wanted to be a chemist so that I could work there. Twenty years later I have a degree in chemistry and am on my way to a PhD - all I need now is the job.
Hannah, Milton Keynes, UK.

The town hall tower in Greenock, It is as striking a sight as the Campanile San Marco, being only 40ft or so shorter than the Venetian Tower. I would argue just as beautiful a sight, an unmistakable landmark to locals and deserving some wider recognition. (I believe it's "official name" is the Victoria Tower.)
Megan McCauley, Greenock Inverclyde, Scotland


New Severn Bridge (Picture: Ian Britton/Freefoto)

The New Severn Crossing (above) - a marvel of engineering, it can be seen for miles from both Wales and England, and cements a bond between the two countries. And at night, it is spectacular.
Ed Wilson, Stratford-upon-Avon

Wales and West results

Goliath and Samson are the cranes at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard. In any aerial photo of Belfast the first recognisable landmarks are the cranes. They are a lasting reminder of Belfast's industrial past, also the centrepiece of the new regenerating Titanic quarter - looking forward and back! Work that out if you can! Flying in to the George Best City Airport, seeing them is like a welcome home. I can see them from my bedroom window in the north of the city, and they never cease to amaze me by their sheer size.
Colette, Belfast

The Laxey wheel, the largest waterwheel in the world, used to power a mine. It's nicknamed "Lady Isabella". The wheel has lots of walks to show how they used to work and you can also go down the mine. It is lovely and peaceful and the Isle of Man wouldn't be the same without it.
Jack Reeves, Laxey, Isle of Man

Isle of Man included as British Crown dependency

Harland and Wolff (Picture: Neil Templeton)
Samson and Goliath are a symbol of Belfast's history

The Port Talbot Steelworks are unmissable, taking up a large swathe of Swansea Bay as they do. At night they are an amazing sight, almost like a real-world Mordor, glowing with fire and steam all over. I love them because every time I leave Swansea, I know I'm near home when I see the steelworks again.
Richard Wood, Swansea, UK

Bideford Bridge, Devon. Although it is an oddity in that the arches of the bridge are different sizes due to differing contributions from the parishes when the bridge was built, it instantly reminds me of my friends and family. Also it was mentioned in an episode of Fawlty Towers.
Darren Lloyd Gent, Welwyn Garden City

Bideford Bridge (Picture: Darren Lloyd Gent)
Bideford Bridge got a mention in Fawlty Towers

Fort Dunlop at Castle Bromwich in Birmingham. Standing alongside the M6, it's the nearest thing to a gateway to the Midlands. It evokes memories of our regional and national industrial heritage and is just a beautiful, imposing building.
Ian Johnson, Birmingham

The Minack Theatre. It sits like a Greek amphitheatre on the Cornish cliffs.
John Howes, Milton Combe, Yelverton,UK


Cardington airship hangars (Picture: Wallace Brown)

The Cardington Airship Hangers. Built to house Britain's R101 and groundbreaking R100 airships in response to the German Zeppelins - these hangers are unique in the landscape of Britain and are practically all that remains to remind us of an era promising globe-shrinking (and arguably efficient) aviation. Thankfully one of these hangers is now being used to build and house a modern range of safer airships.
Chris Fry, Redhill, England

South of Birmingham results

Didcot A power station cooling towers. As I breach the hills heading north on the M40 the sight of Didcot's towers tells me that I am nearly home. Their majestic, flowing lines are juxtaposed and emphasised by their stark incongruity in the landscape. I expect to see them fall and will enjoy the spectacle but until then they should be celebrated as things of beauty.
Jeremy Scott, Didcot

The Green Park wind turbine, Green Park, Reading, that towers over Junction 11 of the M4 and will be seen by millions of motorists in a year. It's the sight of the raw power as the turbine blades turn in the wind and the wonderful noise they make (when you can hear them above the traffic). In surreal moments it reminds me of that old BBC sci-fi programme The Tripods.
Alan Tupman, Crowcombe Heathfield, Somerset

Crystal Palace transmitter (Picture: Marwood DaSilva)
The transmitter at Crystal Palace looms over south London
My unsung landmark is Rugby radio station, or at least what remains of it after eight of the dozen 820ft masts were demolished in 2004. When returning from London by train, the masts tell me when I'm nearly home. In the evenings, I love to see the lights on the masts twinkling in such a familiar way. I rue the day when the whole site will be dismantled and become available for industrial development.
Alison, Rugby, UK

Senate House, an art deco masterpiece towering over Bloomsbury. It should have a huge Bat-Signal visible overhead and must be the only building in London which would look at home in Gotham. Apparently Hitler ordered the building not to be bombed as he planned to make it his HQ when London was invaded. An alternate theory is that as the second tallest building in central London, it was spared as it provided a landmark for pilots flying to the East End during the Blitz. George Orwell worked there and it is said to have inspired the Ministry of Truth in 1984.
John Cottrill, London

Walthamstow stadium
Gone to the dogs
When I travel back from the south coast on the Victoria train line, the train rounds in to London passing by the two antennae at Crystal Palace and I smile broadly, not merely at the thought of being close to home (in Streatham, you can see both the signal towers clearly) but at the history of solid, nice cup of tea and biscuits broadcasting that has been beaming out from those towers for generations, now. They are homely, and they also have in them a sense of the feeling of the "future" that must have seemed so exciting when they were first erected.
Cait Hurley, London, UK

Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium. Beautiful Art Deco frontage and a stunning neon greyhound that shines like the lighthouse of Alexandria across to lure travellers off the North Circular. Magic.
Wayne Diamond, Walthamstow, London


Old John at sunset (Picture: Kev747)

Old John. A folly tower with a distinctive but useless arch alongside is the highest feature in Bradgate Park, a beautiful tranquil country park where Lady Jane Grey lived. When travelling home from the south, you can see Old John from miles away and you know home is in sight.
Simon O'Regan, Leicester

I used to work in Great Baddow at the Marconi Research Centre (now part of BAE Systems, so I believe) and there was an old Chain Home radar tower there which I had the pleasure of climbing on many occasions. It could be seen for miles around (as Essex is so flat) and was quite a landmark. I heard that the company had wanted to take it down but that conservationists got it listed - if its still there it is quite a splendid landmark - much the most impressive thing about Chelmsford!
Ian Beeby, Matlock, England

East results

My unsung landmark would be what we locals call the 'Campbells Tower' in King's Lynn, Norfolk. every time I return home on the train, I see it rising like a behemoth from the flat lands, and it reminds me of home. it reminds me of the great industrial nature of Lynn, past and present. it may look like a blot on the landscape, but I love it.
Jo Smith, London, but Norfolk born and bred

Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power station, Nottinghamshire: I love it because it's such a visible and recognisable landmark from the western side of Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. A cathedral of power, where we worship the electron.
T Talbot, Leicester

Grimsby dock tower (Picture: Roy Starling)
Grimsby dock tower watches over returning fishermen

Grimsby Dock Tower - designed after the tower in Sienna, it tells of times when the town was a major contributor to the country's economy as the largest fishing port in the world. It remains a symbol of aspiration, even if optimism is now lacking.
Louise, Cardiff, Wales

I moved away from Hull to London two years ago and whenever I'm on the train back and I see the Humber Bridge, I know I'm home. There's only two ways to get into Hull and both approaching vistas involve the imposing bridge. It's a tranquil structure, immense and still, from a distance you can barely see the cars and lorries whizzing over like tiny little ants. For me the Humber Bridge will always be a sign that I'm nearly home.
Caroline Morley, Hull

Boston Stump. Can be seen from miles around the town of Boston. A beautiful church.
Emma Cross, Coninsby/Lincoln

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