A Listed Building is identified and protected for its special architectural and/or historic interest, for its close associations with historical events or people, for its rarity as a building type or for its value as part of a wider group of buildings.
Within Wrexham County Borough there are over1040 listed buildings ranging from castles, country houses, cottages, shops, farm buildings, bridges, churches, industrial buildings, memorials, milestones, gravestones and many other buildings and structures.
Once a building is listed it is graded according to its relative importance however it should be noted that there is no legal difference in the protection afforded to the grades:
- Grade I – Buildings considered to be of exceptional interest
- Grade II* - Important buildings of more than special interest
- Grade II – Buildings of special interest which warrant every effort to conserve them
Search for listed buildings in Wrexham Country Borough using Archwilio, the Historic Environment Record for Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust.
Listed Building Protection
Once a building or structure is listed it is protected by national legislation. This protection is afforded to the building in its entirety and both the interior (including fixtures and fittings) and exterior of the building are protected, regardless of the grade.
Any object or structure fixed to a listed building is also protected and this can include extensions (including modern additions), walls, porches and outbuildings.
Additionally structures or objects within the curtilage of a listed building which have been present on the land since before 1st July 1948 are also given protection. Such buildings and structures are known as ‘curtilage’ listed and can include outbuildings, walls, gates and gate piers, ice houses and pig sties etc.
Any works of alteration (including partial demolition), extension and repair to a listed building, which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest, require Listed Building Consent. If you are considering undertaking works to a listed building you are advised to contact Planning Services for further advice.
It should be noted that it is a criminal offence to execute or cause to be executed any works of demolition, alteration or extension to a listed building in any manner affecting it character without first obtaining listed building consent. It is also a criminal offence to fail to comply with any conditions attached to a listed building consent..