Listed buildings and scheduled monuments
What is a listed building?
A building that has been identified by the Government as being of special architectural or historic interest. Buildings are added (or removed) from the list by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with the advice of Historic England.
There are three categories of listed buildings; Grade I, II* and II. Details of all buildings are held in the Pendle Listed Buildings Register. All listed buildings are nationally important; the grading identifies their relative importance. Grades I and II* represent the best of the nation's built heritage and comprise only 8% of all listed buildings nationally.
Listed Buildings in Pendle
There are currently 326 listed buildings in Pendle:
- 3 Grade I listed buildings
- 21 Grade II*
- 302 Grade II
There are many different types of listed buildings in Pendle, from large mills to small weavers' cottages; each one worthy of protection to ensure the heritage we value remains for us to enjoy, and for future generations.
The Listed Buildings Register
The Listed Buildings Register includes a description of each building, which may refer to some, but not all, important features of a historic building. Every part of a building is listed, including the interior and any later alterations or additions. Even if a feature is not included in the description, it does not mean that it is not of interest, and it is still part of the listed building.
A National Heritage List is also available, which gives details of Listed Buildings for the whole of England.
Putting Forward a Building for Listing
If you want to put forward a building for listing, you need to make an application to Historic England. Historic England will assess the merits of the application and then make a recommendation to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as to whether the building should be listed. The DCMS can choose to follow English Heritage's recommendation or, alternatively, take another view.
More information is available from the Heritage Gateway. This site allows you to search for information on England's historic sites and buildings, and has images of listed buildings.
What is a Scheduled Monument?
'Scheduling' is a process through which the Government gives legal protection to nationally important sites and monuments by adding them to a list or 'Schedule' as laid down in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979.
Most scheduled monuments are earthworks or unoccupied structures, often in a ruinous or semi-ruinous condition.
A scheduled monument is protected against disturbance. It is an offence to carry out works without the authority of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, afforded through Scheduled Monument Consent.
A list of scheduled monuments is available on the National Heritage List for England website.