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Listed buildings

The South Holland district is home to approximately 550 listed buildings. The buildings range from three storey Georgian terraces, to a twelfth century Abbey, as well as twelfth and thirteenth Century churches.

Why buildings become listed

Listed buildings are identified for their special architectural or historic interest and are of national importance. They make a special contribution to the character of both urban and rural areas and every listed building is protected by law, inside and out.

Listing therefore includes not only the main external features, such as the walls and roof, but also the internal features which are fixed to the building and which make up so much of its historic character. Listing also extends to include outbuildings that were in existence at the time of listing.

Listed building categories

Buildings are graded as follows:

  • Grade I - Buildings of exceptional interest
  • Grade II* - Particularly important buildings of more than special interest
  • Grade II - Buildings of special interest that warrant every effort being made to preserve them

Grade I and II* represent the top 8 percent of all listed buildings.

To find out whether a building is listed, please use our web map. We recommend entering an address in the map search first, then selecting 'Listed Buildings' under the 'Planning and Conservation' menu on the left of the screen. Please note that the listed buildings can only viewed on the web map when zoomed in to the location address you search. You can also view listed buildings on the Historic England website

How listed buildings affect owners

Any change to a listed building can require permission (known as listed building consent) from the local authority. Please check with us before any work is carried out. Advice can be sought from our specialist Conservation Officer who can be contacted on 01775 761161 or via email at Undertaking works without listed building consent is a criminal offence.

Consent is required for alterations to listed buildings, if the alteration may affect the character of the building. The types of alteration work that requires consent can range from removing a fireplace, to adding a large extension. We will seek to ensure that every alteration, or extension, to a listed building preserves its special architectural and historic interest.

Apply for listing or de-listing of a building

If you wish to have a building considered for listing or de-listing, you should contact Historic England.