TQ5839 : The Opera House
near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Great Britain
Listed Buildings and Structures
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Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.
In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.
There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.
In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.
In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)
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The Opera House
Originally built as an opera house, which opened in 1902. It became a cinema in 1931 and, nearly 40 years later, made the transition into a bingo hall. Became a Wetherspoon pub in the late 1990s. Still holds occasional operas.
Grade II listed. Link
Founded in 1979 by Tim Martin, Wetherspoon is a large chain of pubs with almost 800 pubs around the UK, run by JD Wetherspoon plc.
Unlike other large chains, Wetherspoon do not operate their own brewery.
Wetherspoon are known for not playing any music.
According to the company website, the name Wetherspoon came from one of Martin's teachers in New Zealand, while the initials are those of Sheriff J D Hogg from 'The Dukes of Hazzard' TV series.
Wetherspoon also run Lloyd's N° 1 Bars which play music.
Company website Link
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- TQ5839, 3384 images (more nearby )
- N Chadwick (find more nearby)
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- Date Taken
- Sunday, 15 July, 2012 (more nearby)
- Friday, 7 December, 2012
- Geographical Context
- Subject Location
OSGB36: TQ 5849 3959 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:8.0194N 0:15.8318E
- Photographer Location
- OSGB36: TQ 5846 3959
- View Direction
- EAST (about 90 degrees)
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