Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick listed in Top Ten places of faith and belief by Historic England

Europe’s largest Gurdwara features alongside iconic locations such as Stonehenge and Canterbury Cathedral in a new listing of England’s most important faith buildings.

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara, in Smethwick, has been chosen alongside nine other places of faith to feature in A History of England in 100 Places which is being run by campaign body Historic England

Historic England has created a list of the 100 places, buildings and historical sites that tell the remarkable story of England and its impact on the world.

Out of this list the Faith & Belief category judge has chosen his top ten places from a long list of nominations.

Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick is among 10 places chosen which bring England’s extraordinary history of faith and belief to life.

Commenting on the announcement from Historic England, Gurdwara President Jatinder Singh said “The British Sikh community has made and continues to make a huge contribution to the nation, the Gurdwara is a key part of the British Sikh heritage, it is a hallowed and landmark site which provides peace, tranquility and guidance to all walks of life. This is a moment for the Sikh community of Britain to be proud of.”

Rev Ison said: “Sikh communities are an important and valued part of our social fabric.

“This particular Gurdwara shows the geographical spread of different faiths in our country and represents how different communities and cultures come together to enrich British society.”

Among the other buildings included in the list are Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Lady’s Well, both in Northumberland, and the Jewish Cemetery in Falmouth.

Historic England’s chief executive Duncan Wilson said: “The history of faith and belief in England is rich and complex.

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