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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31916 images use this description. Preview sample shown below:

TQ5639 : Rusthall War Memorial by N Chadwick
SK3447 : Lion Hotel, Bridge Street, Belper by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ5839 : Former Mount Pleasant Congregational Church by N Chadwick
SU8485 : Church of All Saints, Bisham by N Chadwick
TR1458 : The West Gate Inn by N Chadwick
SE6052 : Dean Court Hotel by N Chadwick
SJ7419 : 75 High Street, Newport by Richard Law
SK6514 : Ford and bridge at Rearsby by Alan Murray-Rust
TA0257 : Warehouse, Driffield by N Chadwick
SU8586 : Church of All Saints & war memorial by N Chadwick
TQ7237 : Spyways by N Chadwick
SJ9422 : Church of the Holy Trinity, Berkswich/Baswich by Alan Murray-Rust
SK1615 : Church of All Saints, Alrewas by Alan Murray-Rust
SK6854 : The Garden Temple, Norwood Park by Alan Murray-Rust
TR3056 : Church of St Mary by N Chadwick
SX4654 : Former Palace Theatre by N Chadwick
SJ8795 : Beswick Co-operative Society Building, Northmoor Road by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ6432 : Little Pell Farmhouse by N Chadwick
TL2985 : Abbey House, Church Green by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ3181 : The old Staple Inn, Holborn by N Chadwick
TQ2783 : Primrose Hill Canal Footbridge by N Chadwick
SO2508 : Roadside view of St Peter's church, Blaenavon by Jaggery
TQ3180 : Blackfriars Bridge by N Chadwick
TQ0045 : Gosden Cottages by N Chadwick
TQ9042 : Dawkins House by N Chadwick

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

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