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The National Heritage List for England

The National Heritage List for England is an online searchable database of designated heritage assets (excluding conservation areas).

It holds the official records for listed buildings, scheduled monuments, Registered Parks and Gardens, Registered Battlefields and Protected Wrecks.

Finally it holds a convenient collated version of the record of World Heritage Sites (the official record is held by UNESCO).

It also contains details of certificates of immunity from listing, and building preservation notices that have been received by Historic England.

Searching the List

The list can be searched in a number of ways, but perhaps the most convenient is a map search which will typically shows something like the image below (at local level scale).

Example of map search result from the National Heritage List for England
Example of map search result from the National Heritage List for England

Descriptions of each record

The details of the official record for each designation can be viewed and printed, including a non-exhaustive description of what is important about the heritage of the building or site.

The quality of these descriptions varies a lot: from a scant factual account of what is there, to a qualitative and detailed description of the special architectural or historic interest.

Some entries include maps to aid understanding of location but care is needed in interpreting their meaning and accuracy. There are explanatory notes with each plan.

Use of map data in the official record

Most listed buildings are marked on the map by a triangular point. The original designation used an address only to identify the location of the building, and the map marker has been added later. It does not form a part of the official record.

For list entries post-dating 4 April 2011 the map does form part of the official record but it only aids identification of the principal listed building. Protection may extend to attached objects and structures and any object or structure within the curtilage of the building, which, although not fixed to the building, forms part of the land and has done so since before 1 July 1948 (1).

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