Listed & un-listed historic buildings

There are 3,200 Listed Buildings in the District protected for their architectural or historic value. In addition there are many more buildings which, although un-listed, have architectural or historic merit, and which make an important contribution to the area.

Categories of Listed Building:

  • Grade-I (Buildings of exceptional, national interest: 43 in the District, including Blenheim Palace, Kelmscott Manor and many churches)
  • Grade-II* (Buildings of outstanding interest – nearer to Grade-I than Grade-II: 211 in the District, including fine examples of Cotswold vernacular architecture, agricultural and industrial buildings, such as Bliss Tweed Mill in Chipping Norton)
  • Grade-II (Buildings of special interest: almost 3,000 in the District, ranging from grand houses to simple cottages)

Listing description

  • For a listing description, search the English Heritage database

Important: Please do not carry out any works to a listed building or works within a conservation area based on information found on these pages alone. These methods of searching can fail if, for example, the current property name does not correspond with that given in the List entry. Always contact us first.

What are the implications of Listed Building status?

Listing protects both the character and fabric of the Listed Building, and applies to the whole of the Listed Building inside and out, including later extensions. It can also apply to attached walls, and structures such as outbuildings whether attached to the main building or not.

If you are unsure whether a building or adjoining or nearby fabric or structures will be treated as Listed for planning purposes, please contact us.

Un-listed historic buildings

Traditional but un-listed buildings, as well as often having architectural or historic merit in their own right, are vital components of the settlements and landscapes of the District. Seemingly small but inappropriate alterations to these buildings can be harmful not only to the building itself, but also to the appearance of the wider area.

Un-listed buildings of architectural or historic interest within Conservation Areas may be identified as ‘Locally Listed Buildings’. Although this does not constitute a statutory protection, it does recognise the special interest of otherwise un-listed buildings, together with the contribution they make to the appearance of Conservation Areas.

The special interest of un-listed buildings deemed to be of merit will be reflected in planning judgments, and care should be taken to ensure that any changes to such structures are carried out in such a way as to cause no undue harm to their character or fabric.

Greener historic buildings

Changes to historic buildings, such as improving energy efficiency, need to be carefully considered to ensure a suitable balance between modernisation and preservation of a property’s character.

The guidance in the download section on the right of this page offers practical advice and highlights any statutory consents that may be required.


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