Sutton's Giant Cock Sign Has Been Listed

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Sutton's Giant Cock Sign Has Been Listed
The Cock Sign, located at the junction of Sutton High Street and Carshalton © Historic England DP177833

A sign depicting a magnificently-plumaged cock on Sutton High Street, a former dairy in Bloomsbury and a 1970s home in Hampstead are among the London buildings and structures newly listed by Historic England this year.

The Cock sign — at the junction of  Sutton High Street and Carshalton Road — was formerly a pub sign and gas lamp-post. It's now been converted to electricity, having shifted a few metres (the Cock hotel and pub it once announced has since been demolished). As of 2018, it's Grade II listed.

30 Coptic Street and 35 Little Russell Street, London © Historic England DP232800

30 Coptic Street and 35 Little Russell Street — a corner building in Bloomsbury built in 1888 for the Dairy Supply Company — has also gained listed status. The original dairy signs can still be seen on the side of the building, above street level, although the Coptic Street part of the building became a Pizza Express in 1965 — the second branch in the now-massive chain.

Hopkins House in Hampstead, which won a RIBA award for its energy efficiency when it was built in 1977, was Grade II* listed this year, while a cattle trough near Hampstead Heath, the vaulted Crystal Palace Subway, and the Assembly Rooms in Charlton are also among the London structures to be listed or upgraded in 2018.

In total, Historic England has awarded more than 900 sites across the country listed status in 2018. The above made it into the heritage charity's pick of 23 highlights from the year.

See the full highlights list on Historic England's website.

Last Updated 24 December 2018