Listed buildings

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What is a listed building?

A 'listed building' is a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of national historical or architectural interest. It is included on a register called the "List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest", drawn up under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. The purpose of listing is to protect the special character of the building.

Northampton has over 500 listed buildings. Descriptions of these can be inspected at Northampton Borough Council, at the One Stop Shop in the Guildhall. Northamptonshire Central Library in Abington Street also has a copy in the Local Studies section.

When a building is listed, the whole building is protected, including the interior, as well as any object or structure fixed to the building. Ancillary buildings or structures erected before July 1948 within the curtilage of the building (including boundary walls) are also included in the listing.

Owning and getting listed buildings

Owning a listed building is both a privilege and a responsibility. Only about 1% of the buildings in Northampton are listed and owners have the responsibility of preserving their special value for future generations.

Further information

General information and advice can be found in the following booklet:

The English Heritage website has more comprehensive information on listed buildings.


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