Our Built Heritage
There are many things that we can take pride of that our country offers to the world: our countryside, language, poetry & literature; our great cathedrals & our small, unique, parish churches & great country houses.
But there is something else we can take great pride in: our villages & those unique buildings within our village that make such major contribution towards our history.
Conservation Graded Buildings
There are three types of listed status for buildings in England and Wales:
- Grade I: buildings of exceptional interest.
- Grade II*: particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
- Grade II: buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them.
The list below, defines those buildings which fall under the appropriate Grade within our village. It will be noted that there are many other buildings that are inherently old & should be protected within our village but currently have no protection.
Why is it Important?
Our built heritage, as the physical evidence of our cultural development, is one of our most important assets. Built heritage helps us to understand where we have come from and who we are today. It allows us to maintain a link with the past, defining a sense of place and identity for communities and our village.
Heritage and Development
Is modern development compatible with the conservation of our built heritage? In the past, particularly following the two world wars, a considerable amount of built heritage was demolished to enable the construction of new buildings in concrete, steel and glass. However, much heritage has survived and now forms an important part of our built environment.
Significance of Heritage
Places can change over time as community values evolve. Conservation does not require them to be preserved in their original condition or use, only that any alteration or development retains its original features. Conservation may include preservation, restoration, reconstruction and interpretation.
Balance needs to be achieved. It is essential to conserve significant buildings that promote identity and continuity of place, without impeding development that meets the current needs of communities. It is important to remember that the most significant elements of this modern layer of development will eventually form part of the built heritage of future generations.
And What of Our Heritage in Leasingham?
Plainly, our oldest building is our church, which is about 800 years old and still going strong! The second oldest is the house opposite our pub of 1655 followed by the Duke of Wellington of 1710. There are, of course, many 17th century buildings which are undated and we would need professional advice to ascertain their antecedents. There are also two ancient wells within our village of the 16th century. The list below, defines other buildings which are listed in our village – there are many unlisted which is a task that needs addressing. Remember: when they’re gone they’re gone for good!
Listed Buildings in Leasingham
To go to an interactive map showing the individual locations and further details of the listed buildings in Leasingham please visit the following hyperlink.
Listed Building in Roxholm
There is one listed building in Roxholm being a Dovecot, 15 metres north west of Roxholm Hall, for more details please visit the following hyperlink.