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.
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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