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Domestic 1: Vernacular Houses

This Designation Listing Selection Guide outlines the selection criteria used when designating vernacular houses.

It concentrates on housing erected mainly before the Victorian period, when increasing standardisation of materials and design became widespread. Guidance on other kinds of houses is provided in the other three Domestic Buildings selection guides.

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.

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  • Introduction and definitions
  • Historical Summary
  • Specific considerations when considering vernacular houses for designation
  • Select bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed


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