Listing Selection Guides

Buildings and structures which meet the criteria for national protection are listed. This protection system has been in place since 1947 and operates under The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

The test for listing is architectural or historic special interest, with the final decision to list being taken by government (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport).

Cornish Place Works in Sheffield, listed at Grade II*.

Cornish Place Works in Sheffield, listed at Grade II*.
© Barbara West

20 thematically-arranged English Heritage selection guides give detailed guidance about what may be eligible for listing. Each gives a brief overview of the types of buildings and structures covered in the guide, of current understanding both of their history and development, and in some cases how many were erected and still survive. The second half of each document sets out the over-arching designation criteria, before moving on to offer guidance relevant to the specific buildings or structures treated. A select bibliography gives suggestions for further reading.

Introductions to Heritage Assets

The listing selection guides will be supported by a series of Introductions to Heritage Assets which will set out English Heritage‚Äôs understanding of particular building types. Normally these will be ones where, for one reason or another, we have had relatively large numbers of buildings in for assessment, and where the building type proved not to be covered in the existing literature.  

  • Agricultural Buildings
    Agricultural Buildings
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating agricultural buildings.
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  • Commemorative Structures
    Commemorative Structures
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating commemorative structures.
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  • Commerce and Exchange Buildings
    Commerce and Exchange Buildings
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating commerce and exchange buildings.
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  • Culture and Entertainment
    Culture and Entertainment
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating culture and entertainment buildings.
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  • Domestic 1: Vernacular Houses
    Domestic 1: Vernacular Houses
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating vernacular houses.
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  • Domestic 2: Town Houses
    Domestic 2: Town Houses
    Publication Date: 13 Oct 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating town houses.
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  • Domestic 3: Suburban and Country Houses
    Domestic 3: Suburban and Country Houses
    Publication Date: 13 Oct 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating suburban and country houses.
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  • Domestic 4: The Modern House & Housing
    Domestic 4: The Modern House & Housing
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating modern houses & housing.
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  • Education Buildings
    Education Buildings
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating education buildings.
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  • Garden and Park Structures
    Garden and Park Structures
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating garden and park structures.
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  • Health and Welfare Buildings
    Health and Welfare Buildings
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating health and welfare buildings.
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  • Industrial Structures
    Industrial Structures
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating industrial structures.
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  • Law and Government Buildings
    Law and Government Buildings
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating law and government buildings.
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  • Maritime and Naval Buildings
    Maritime and Naval Buildings
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating maritime and naval buildings.
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  • Military Structures
    Military Structures
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating military structures.
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  • Places of Worship
    Places of Worship
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating places of worship.
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  • Sports and Recreation Buildings
    Sports and Recreation Buildings
    Publication Date: 03 Dec 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating sports and recreation buildings.
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  • Street Furniture
    Street Furniture
    Publication Date: 13 Oct 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating street furniture.
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  • Transport Buildings
    Transport Buildings
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating transport buildings.
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  • Utilities and Communication Structures
    Utilities and Communication Structures
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2011
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating utilities and communication structures.
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