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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SK2329 : Marston Hall by Alan Murray-Rust
SU1659 : Grade II Listed Court House, Church Street, Pewsey by Jaggery
SP5105 : Oxford: Folly House by Jonathan Hutchins
TQ3780 : Dockmasters House by PAUL FARMER
SU9949 : Church of St Nicolas by N Chadwick
SZ0891 : Towards the Parish Church of St Peter, Bournemouth by Jaggery
SK3451 : Derwent Viaduct, Ambergate by Alan Murray-Rust
SO3700 : Early Victorian Royal Hotel in Usk by Jaggery
TQ5045 : Castle Inn by N Chadwick
SK5739 : Nottingham Unitarian chapel, 3 Plumptre Street by Alan Murray-Rust
SZ3589 : Yarmouth pier by Malc McDonald
TQ7468 : Wellesley House, Rochester by David Anstiss
SX4754 : Catherine Street Baptist Church by N Chadwick
TG0905 : Gelham Lodge by N Chadwick
SX9163 : Royal Torbay Yacht Club by N Chadwick
SY4692 : 71 - 73, East St by N Chadwick
TQ3280 : Southwark Bridge by N Chadwick
SE3231 : Thwaite Mill by Alan Murray-Rust
SK5903 : 1 West Street, Leicester by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ4163 : Keston Parish Church by N Chadwick
TL4455 : Coach and Horses, wok n grill by N Chadwick
SZ6598 : Church of St Simon by N Chadwick
TQ3090 : Obelisk Memorial Drinking Fountain by N Chadwick
TL2885 : Former Lion Hotel by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ0107 : 9 London Rd by N Chadwick

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

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