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Street Furniture

Front cover for Designation Listing Selection Guide: Street Furniture

Designation Listing Selection Guide

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating street furniture.

There are three broad categories of street furniture, which will be dealt with in this guide. The first comprises objects connected with the highways; the second relates to the provision of public utilities; and the third to communications.

Items of street furniture performed a range of functions, and there is inevitably cross-over with other selection guides in this area in particular. Hence whilst telephone boxes and letter boxes are treated fully in this guide, associated building types such as Post Offices are considered in the Utilities selection guide. Items relating to law, order and public security such as police boxes, gibbets, stocks and whipping posts are treated in Law and Government buildings. In the main, small buildings and shelters such as lavatories are similarly covered in the Utilities selection guide, and bus and tram shelters are considered in that on Transport. Bandstands and ticket booths are discussed under Gardens and Park buildings, which also considers benches and drinking fountains in addition to their consideration here. Whilst wells and well-houses, as small structures, are considered in Utilities and Communications, water pumps, as street furniture, are treated here. Our approach has been to consider items within the context they are most commonly found in.

This is one of a series of guides which set out some of our approaches to designating buildings. Covering twenty broad categories of building types, they including historical overviews and special considerations for listing, plus select bibliographies. They are primarily intended to develop understanding of designated buildings and structures, and to offer insight into designation decision making.

Revised October 2011.


  • Introductions and definitions
  • Historical summary
  • Specific considerations when considering street furniture for designation
  • Select bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed


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