Historic and listed buildings
Historic buildings are an important asset and need to be protected in order to preserve the built heritage of an area.
The process called ‘listing’ is in place to ensure the protection of buildings which are deemed to be of architectural and historical merit or associated with an important historic event or person.
Buildings can be listed because of age, rarity, architectural merit, and method of construction. The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed. A relatively modern building would have to be exceptionally important to be listed.
There are different grades for Listed Buildings in England and Wales. The buildings are graded according to their architectural or historical interest.
Grade I - Buildings of exceptional interest, usually nationally
Grade II* - Buildings which are particularly important and of more than special interest
Grade II - Buildings of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them
In Anglesey there is a wide range of listed buildings including bridges, walls, wells, vernacular cottages, large estate houses and farm buildings. By listing these buildings of historical importance the built heritage of Anglesey has been safeguarded for future generations.
The historic buildings on Anglesey give a sense of identity to the region and show the history of the island and the previous generations who inhabited it. It is important that such buildings are protected in order to preserve the cultural identity of Anglesey.
Listing a building ensures that the architectural and historic merits of a building will be carefully considered before consent is given to carry out any alterations. Any changes that are made to a building must be sympathetic to its original character and design.