What Are Listed Buildings And Why Are They Important?
What is a listed building?
A listed building is a structure, building, or object that has been recognized as possessing a certain level of importance. This can range from buildings of historical interest, architectural interests, or cultural significance. When a building becomes listed it is included as part of a National Database that holds details of all listed buildings across the United Kingdom. It is not uncommon for the only a part of a building to be classified as listed, however, the majority of the time the entire building we'll have a listed classification. When a listed building is classified as being listed as a whole, both the internal and external structure will be protected. This also includes any object or structure that has been affixed to the building and structures or objects that are not fixed to the building but are part of the land and have been since before the first of July 1948.
There are certain different classifications of the listed building, which range from a grade 1 or grade two listed building. For a property or structure to qualify, it must first meet some requirements. The building must hold historic, architectural, or group value interest. As a general rule of thumb, any building that was constructed before 1700 and is still in its original condition will be classified as a listed building. The majority of buildings built between 1700 and 1840 will also be classified as listed buildings, although not every building makes the grade. Any building that was built between the year 1840 to 1914 and consist of work from significant architects will qualify. Any building that was built between the year 1914 to 1939 and possesses historic interests or a high quality of craftsmanship could possibly qualify.
Many countries around the world make use of their own version of listed buildings to help protect their history and cultural values. There are strict regulations governing the maintenance and upkeep of listed buildings, which often times include seeking approval before making performing any maintenance to the structure. Typically, an individual is not allowed to modify or add extensions to a listed Building without express permission and to demolish a listed building in the United Kingdom is a criminal offence that carries harsh penalties. Many of the United Kingdom's most renowned buildings are listed, including Buckingham Palace, Dover Castle and London Bridge to name just a few of the most popular.