Listed Buildings

The list of buildings of Special Architectural or Historical Interest is a register of our built heritage.

About 441,000 buildings currently appear on this national list, which is split into three categories:

Grade I - These are buildings of 'exceptional interest' and cover only 1.4% of all Listed Buildings. East Lindsey has 80 buildings listed Grade I. Many of these are mediaeval churches but buildings such as Alford Windmill, Tattershall Castle, Gunby Hall, Harrington Hall & Bolingbroke Castle are also Grade I

Grade II* - East Lindsey has 112 of these buildings of 'more than special interest'. Once again a number are churches but also included are Alford Manor House, Tattershall College & Alvingham Watermill

Grade II - The majority of Listed Buildings fall within Grade II but this does not reduce their importance or the need for protection

Buildings are listed because of:

  • Their age
  • How rare they are
  • They have important architectural features
  • They use unusual methods of construction

Age is important. The older the building, the more likely it is to be listed. However it is not just very old buildings that are listed.

Listed Building Consent (LBC) is necessary for many works to a listed building. This can include internal or external changes and any demolition or extension. Even painting a listed building can need LBC. You can download a guide to altering a listed building and what can require LBC.

The Property List

A property can be known as one name but listed as another

It could be contained within a group listing of buildings

Buildings around the main listed building could also be listed but not shown on the conservation list.