TR2235 : Leas lift

taken 3 years ago, near to Folkestone, Kent, Great Britain

Leas lift
Leas lift
Grade II listed. LinkExternal link
Leas Cliff Funicular Railway
Opened in 1885. There were originally two pairs of lines running adjacent to each other, the second of which was added in 1890 and closed in 1966. Until 2009, the other pair were still running and cost 90p for an adult one way ticket. The track length is 50m, and the system is powered by water.

On 30th June 2009, the railway was closed by the council who did not wish to pay the costs of £90,000 to maintain the subsidised line. Since the closure of the Rotuna funfair, there is little for visitors to travel down to the bottom for.

In May 2010 the two cars were removed for restoration and the railway reopened.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
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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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 13 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 2274 3566 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:4.6207N 1:10.7069E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 2281 3560
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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