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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34210 images use this description. Preview sample shown below:

TQ1540 : St Margaret's Church by N Chadwick
SK1846 : Green Man and Black's Head Royal Hotel, Ashbourne by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3435 : Derby Old Cemetery, Skevington Monument by Alan Murray-Rust
SE6052 : A glimpse of High Petergate by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ5740 : Smockham Farmhouse by N Chadwick
TQ3953 : Catholic Church of All Saints, Oxted (2) by David Anstiss
SO9006 : Grade II (star) listed Bear Inn, Bisley by Jaggery
SK7251 : Clumber House, Morton by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ3171 : The Lodge in the Grounds of Villa at St Michaels Convent, Streatham by David Anstiss
SS9668 : Grade II Listed ruins of a former priest's house, Llantwit Major by Jaggery
SU8693 : Little Market Hall by N Chadwick
TL4557 : Footbridge, Hobson's Conduit by N Chadwick
SJ3350 : Royal Welch Fusiliers War Memorial, Wrexham by Jaggery
TQ5946 : 1 - 5, Church St by N Chadwick
TQ6966 : Barrow Hill House, Upper Bush by David Anstiss
SK7564 : Rose Cottage, Ossington by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ9063 : Brenchley House by N Chadwick
TM1643 : Felaw Maltings by N Chadwick
SJ3165 : Kentigern, Rectory Lane, Hawarden by Jaggery
SO7226 : Grade II listed Linwood Cottage and Noent House, Newent by Jaggery
TQ6459 : George Inn Cottages by N Chadwick
SE2933 : Former railway offices, City Square by Alan Murray-Rust
TF0306 : 68 & 69 High Street St Martin's, Stamford by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ8498 : Portland Hotel by N Chadwick
TL4458 : Church of St Edward, King and Martyr by N Chadwick

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Created: Mon, 9 Nov 2009, Updated: Fri, 5 Jun 2020

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