Heritage and Conservation
Seeking a Listing Designation for a Building or Structure
The Council does not make decisions about whether buildings should be listed. The 'List' of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest is a National Register, compiled by Historic England (formerly English Heritage). Any suggestions for the listing of buildings, or amendments to existing listings, should be made directly to Historic England.
Who do I seek expert advice from?
Local or national groups with an interest in buildings may be able to help you 'fill in' the gaps in your knowledge. A letter of support from them could very much increase your chances of getting the building listed.
National bodies in this field are:
- The Ancient Monuments Society is concerned with historic buildings of all ages and types, but with a particular interest in demolition cases, new design in the context of historic buildings and church matters
- The Council for British Archaeology is concerned with all historic buildings but with a particular interest in the archaeology of subterranean and standing structures
- The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings is concerned mainly with structures constructed before 1714, but also with the philosophical and technical aspects of conservation
- The Georgian Group is concerned with architecture and architecture related-arts between 1700 and 1837
- The Victorian Society is concerned with Victorian and Edwardian architecture and architecture-related arts between 1837 and 1914
- The Twentieth Century Society (formerly the Thirties Society) is concerned with architecture of the twentieth century, in all decades except the first
- SAVE Britain's Heritage
Local bodies and groups can also assist:
- Warwickshire County Museum may have further information regarding the history of the building. You can contact them directly on 01926 412278
- Atherstone Civic Society
- Coleshill & District Civic Society
- Polesworth Society
Further action to take
- Identify any threat to the building: if you are becoming aware that the building is becoming increasingly derelict, or if you know of any plans/proposals either to make drastic alterations to it; or to demolish it, you should include this information
- Take photographs: take photographs (using as skilled a photographer as possible) of the outside and the inside of the building. Include both general views and close-ups of interesting details
- Provide a plan: mark the precise position of the building and the boundary of its site on an Ordnance Survey map (1:1250 if possible) when you have assembled the information outlined above, apply to English Heritage, with your supporting information.
- Nominate the Heritage Asset:
You can contact Historic England at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing