Preserving History

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The Borough of Basildon has 129 listed buildings, meaning ‘Buildings of Special National Architectural or Historic Interest’. The list was formed and is administered by English Heritage (Historic England) on behalf of the Government’s Department of Culture, Media & Sport. Inclusion on the list does not however guarantee the preservation of a building indefinitely, but ensures that any alterations to the structure must be very carefully considered.

Billericay High Street, has the highest concentration of listed buildings in the Borough of Basildon including several timber framed constructions. Listed grades can sometimes change following re-evaluation by Historic England in the case of damage, modification or updated information about the structures historical or architectural value.

Listed grades can be applied to ancient buildings and also more modern post war buildings which are architecturally important. There are three grades of listed buildings covering England and Wales: –

  • Grade I – Buildings of outstanding or exceptional importance
  • Grade II* – Buildings that surpass special interest, but are not of outstanding class
  • Grade II – Special interest buildings which should be preserved where possible

There are a larger number of Grade II listed buildings, 92% in the UK, and they are protected by law, with strict controls over what can and cannot be changed. In fact it’s a criminal offence to carry out any work on the interior or exterior of a listed building in Basildon Borough Council, without prior ‘Listed Building Consent’.

This part of Essex has two Grade I listed buildings, these are:-

  • The Church of St Mary Magdalene, in Great Burstead
  • St Nicholas Church in Laindon.

Listed Buildings in Basildon are:-

  • Brooke House in Basildon Town Centre
  • Barstable Grammar School building in Basildon

We are always interested in anything to do with buildings or construction in and around Essex and London, and proud to perhaps play our part in the creation of future listed buildings!

 

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