Listed Buildings and Structures :: Shared Description

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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SP0385 : 210 Hagley Road, Edgbaston by Richard Law
TQ2981 : Dominion Theatre by N Chadwick
TQ4080 : Cranes, Royal Victoria Dock by N Chadwick
ST5910 : Manor Farmhouse by N Chadwick
SD9354 : The Old Swan Inn by N Chadwick
SK3516 : Former Holy Trinity Vicarage, Wilfred Place, Ashby-de-la-Zouch by Alan Murray-Rust
SK5616 : The old lock-up, Quorn by Alan Murray-Rust
SK6488 : Bishopfield House, Scrooby by Alan Murray-Rust
TF0207 : 35 & 36 St Peter's Street, Stamford by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2982 : Lord Nelson by David Anstiss
TA0928 : Hull Maritime Museum by N Chadwick
TQ2777 : Star House by N Chadwick
SK7018 : The former Blue Bell Inn, Asfordby by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ5840 : Canon Hoare Memorial by N Chadwick
TM1744 : Church of St Helen by N Chadwick
TR3752 : Tudor Cottage by N Chadwick
TQ5840 : Canon Hoare Memorial by N Chadwick
NN3330 : Tyndrum Upper Station, 1965 by Alan Murray-Rust
ST4988 : Old Rectory, Portskewett by Jaggery
SK9401 : K6 telephone kiosk, South Luffenham by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ5012 : 64 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury by Richard Law
SJ6511 : 2 & 3 Market Square, Wellington by Richard Law
SX4754 : Plymouth Guildhall by N Chadwick
TL4457 : The Malting House by N Chadwick
SJ6703 : 10 Tontine Hill, Ironbridge by Richard Law

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Created: Mon, 9 Nov 2009, Updated: Fri, 20 Feb 2015

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