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The Meaning of Listed Buildings in England

In our articles and attractions we often refer to a building as listed and to the category of listing. Here is further information for those who are not familiar with the meanings and reasons for listing.

Buildings are listed for several reasons: age (all buildings built before 1700 which survive mostly in their original condition are listed and also most 1700-1840 ones), rarity, architectural merit, linked to a famous person or event, method of construction or a group of buildings like a town square or village. Current listed buildings number c 500,000.

The grades in England for relative architectural or historic interest are:

Grade I buildings: exceptional interest; 2% of total
Grade II* buildings: more than special interest; 4% of total
Grade II: of special interest, warranting effort to preserve them; 94%

Information courtesy English Heritge

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