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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TR0653 : Wall to Chilham estate by N Chadwick
TQ5243 : 3, Leicester Square (back of) by N Chadwick
SY6777 : Sandsfoot Castle by N Chadwick
TQ3680 : Dock Gate, Nelson Docks by N Chadwick
TQ8385 : The Crooked Billet by N Chadwick
TQ5839 : Victoria Gate by N Chadwick
SJ4812 : 15a Claremont Hill, Shrewsbury by Richard Law
TQ8209 : 131, All Saints St by N Chadwick
TQ7908 : Church of St Leonard by N Chadwick
TQ2573 : Riversdale School, Southfields by David Anstiss
TQ5839 : Farnborough Lodge, Calverley Park by N Chadwick
TQ3004 : Western Pavilion, Brighton by PAUL FARMER
SD8010 : Kay Monument by N Chadwick
SK5740 : Newton Building by Alan Murray-Rust
ST5393 : Coach & Horses Inn, Chepstow by Jaggery
SK7284 : Church Farmhouse and Pigeoncote, Hayton by Alan Murray-Rust
TL3171 : Lodge, Bus Station by N Chadwick
SJ8104 : 31 High Street, Albrighton by Richard Law
TQ7575 : Church of St James by N Chadwick
TF0207 : Clock House, Casterton Road, Stamford by Alan Murray-Rust
SU7682 : Red Lion Hotel by N Chadwick
TL4457 : Church of St Mary the Less by N Chadwick
TQ7124 : Horsebrooks Farmhouse (2) by David Anstiss
TQ5935 : Parish Church of St Alban,  Frant by N Chadwick
SZ6399 : Portsmouth Museum by N Chadwick

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

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