Exeter Civic Society

Exeter Civic Society

Listed buildings

Devon has one of the highest concentrations of Ancient Monuments in England, so it is not surprising that there are about 1800 Listed Buildings in Exeter alone.  The buildings are too numerous to mention here but a full list is available at the following websites.

It is English Heritage that is responsible for listing, and it does this on the basis of a set of national criteria. When a building is assessed for ‘listing’, both its historic interest and its architectural interest are considered.  Its condition is not as important a consideration and buildings may be listed even if they are in poor condition. Buildings are selected for listing on the basis of their architectural interest, historic interest, close historical association or group value.  Age and rarity are important considerations.  Their listings can be searched, as well as Scheduled Monuments, Registered Parks and Gardens, Registered Battlefields

Many of the listing descriptions prepared by English Heritage are available from their website Images of England. That this is not an exhaustive list, and a considerable number of buildings are missing from this site. The images are a ‘point in time’ photographic library of England’s listed buildings, recorded at the turn of the 21st century. There are 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.

British Listed Buildings is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department; it is an excellent reference centre though with an online database of buildings and structures listed as being of special architectural and historic interest in Britain. It provides the official listing data for each building, the location on a map, and you can also add comments, information and photos and view comments and photos submitted by other users of the site. The list of Exeter’s listed buildings can be found on British Listed Buildings’ website.

The City Council has a duty to maintain a record of Listed Buildings and their information related to Exeter’s buildings.

In addition to nationally Listed Buildings, a Planning Authority can have a list of Locally Listed Buildings which they feel are an important part of Exeter’s heritage due to a building’s architectural, historic or archaeological significance. As with Statutorily Listed Buildings, any works carried out should preserve or enhance the building and any features. In 2012 there were 585 locally listed buildings in the city. The list of buildings can be found here.

Some of the most significant Listed Buildings in Exeter also have their own websites. Not all of the buildings on the following list are architecturally significant, but they played a crucial part in the development of Exeter: