Listed Building Guidance Notes

News on Pew Adaptation

What to do about pews? Remove them? Adapt them? Love them?

This is about a church where the pews have become movable assets. It’s Terrington St Clement parish church in Norfolk where the Victorian pews are now on mobile metal frames. read more here.

Caring for Cumbria's Churches

The Caring for Cumbria's Churches' project, supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, focusses on improving sustainability and resilience of church buildings across Cumbria. This ecumenical project aims to provide those who care for church buildings with a series of "tools" to help manage these unique buildings, realise their potential as community assets and raise their profile as places of valuable heritage interest. The following tools are offered:

  • Maintenance Checklist;
  • Videos; and
  • Sustainability Rosette.

For further details please follow this link: or email

Methodist and Nonconformist Chapels in Cornwall

The Methodist Church has been working with Historic England and Cornwall Council on producing guidance to help congregations make informed decisions about how to adapt and make changes to nonconformist chapels. This guidance can be found here, and is generic advice applicable to chapels nationwide - Methodist and Nonconformist Chapels in Cornwall

Building Conservation website

Very Small Logo  A very useful source of information relating to the historic built environment is the Building Conservation website, please click here to access.

Other Useful Guidance Notes Include:

External Links:

Historic England:

Church Roof Replacement Using Terne-coated Stainless Steel

Historic Environment Scotland Inform Series:

Mould Growth

Methodist Church Guidance Notes:

Appointing Architects

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Disability and Access provision in historic chapels

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Listed Buildings: Photographic Records and Archives

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Removal of Pews from Historic Chapels

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Statements of Significance and Need

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Statement of Significance - Example 1

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Statement of Significance - Example 2

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Statement of Need - Example 1

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Statement of Need - Example 2

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Submission of Schemes to Support Services in Manchester

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Window Protection of Historic Buildings

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Window Replacement in Historic Buildings

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make changes to a Listed Building?

How do I apply for listed building approval?

What is the Ecclesiastical Exemption?

What is the Listed Buildings Advisory Committee?

Flowcharts showing the consultation process can be found on the flow diagrams page

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