Breckland district is fortunate to possess a rich and diverse architectural heritage, displaying the use of a wide range of materials, dictated prior to industrialism by the immediate geology and landscape. Typically, one would observe the use of brick, flint, chalk, clay lump and timber framing for walling with thatch; clay tiles and, in later years following industrialism, slates for roofing.
Many such buildings within the District are listed as buildings of Architectural or Historic importance. Such lists are compiled by Historic England which as a result afford a high degree of protection. The Breckland list includes over 1600 buildings, which in the event of any proposals, other than like for like repairs, will require the benefit of Listed Building Consent.
Older buildings will usually require a higher degree of maintenance, in comparison with a modern property, which will often involve repairs to the fabric to ensure it's longevity.
In the meantime, owners of Listed Buildings may find the following sites of some interest [these sites may include further links to other applicable sites]
We have also created a library of our popular range of Leaflets which can be accessed from our Advice Sheets page
For advice on how to get a building considered for Listing, De-Listing, Re-Grading or amending a description please contact Historic England Listing.
Historic England have also developed a site called Historic England - Images of England. The site is a 'point in time' photographic library of England's listed buildings, recorded at the turn of the 21st century.
You can view over 300,000 images of England's built heritage from lamp posts to lavatories, phone boxes to toll booths, mile stones to gravestones, as well as thousands of bridges, historic houses and churches.
Historic England have also launched a National Heritage List for England (April 2011). Historic England - National Heritage List for England is an online database which brings together information on all nationally designated heritage assets in one place for the first time.