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Historic Buildings of Britain and Ireland

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This is the umbrella page fro Historic Buildings of England projects

Image Right - Buckingham Palace London

Image © Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence. Geograph

Historic houses can be stately homes, the birthplace of a famous person, or houses with interesting history or architecture.

The object of the projects to be set up and linked to the index lists below will be to provide information about historic buildings in those counties, linking to sub-projects for specific buildings where appropriate, where GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked.

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Listed Buildings

Reference - WIKI Listed Buildings

A listed building is one that has been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. It has been applied to around a half-million buildings in the United Kingdom. The statutory bodies maintaining the list are English Heritage in England; Cadw (The Historic Environment Service of the Welsh Government) in Wales; Historic Scotland in Scotland; and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) in Northern Ireland.
A listed building may not be demolished, extended, or altered without special permission from the local planning authority, which typically consults the relevant central government agency, particularly for significant alterations to the more notable listed buildings. Exemption from secular listed building control is provided for some buildings in current use for worship, but only in cases where the relevant religious organisation operates its own equivalent permissions procedure. Owners of listed buildings are, in some circumstances, compelled to repair and maintain them and can face criminal prosecution if they fail to do so or if they perform unauthorised alterations.
Although most structures appearing on the lists are buildings, other structures such as bridges, monuments, sculptures, war memorials, and even milestones and mileposts and The Beatles' Abbey Road pedestrian crossing are also listed.

Building categories

  • Royal Palaces & Residences
  • Other Palaces
  • Castles
  • The Treasure Houses of England

... a heritage consortium founded in the early 1970s by nine of the foremost stately homes in England still in private ownership, with the aim of marketing and promoting themselves as tourist venues.
There are now 10 houses are in the group. These are (together with their historic owners):

  • Beaulieu Palace House (Dukes of Montagu) (now owned by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu) Hampshire
  • Blenheim Palace (Dukes of Marlborough) Oxfordshire
  • Burghley House (The Cecil family) (now owned by Burghley House Preservation Trust). Lincolnshire
  • Castle Howard (Earls of Carlisle) (now owned by The Hon. Simon Howard) North Yorkshire
  • Chatsworth House (Dukes of Devonshire) Derbyshire
  • Harewood House (Earls of Harewood) West Yorkshire
  • Hatfield House (Marquesses of Salisbury) Hertfordshire
  • Holkham Hall (Earls of Leicester) Norfolk
  • Leeds Castle (Olive, Lady Baillie) (now owned by Leeds Castle Foundation) Kent
  • Woburn Abbey (Dukes of Bedford) Bedfordshire
  • Abbeys and Priories
  • Manor Houses

...large country houses which were historically the capital residence or messuage within a manor, the basic unit of territorial organisation in the feudal system in Europe, in which dwelled the lord of the manor.

  • Stately home/ Country house/Estate houses

... large houses or mansions often owned by individuals who also owned a town house. This allowed them to spend time in the country and in the city—hence, for these people, the term distinguished between town and country. The term also encompasses houses that were, and often still are, the full-time residence for the landed gentry. These people were central to the landed gentry that ruled rural Britain until the Reform Act 1832.

  • Courts
  • Homes are often designated Halls

Example Holkham Hall Norfolk

...The hall house is a type of vernacular house traditional in many parts of England, Wales, and lowland Scotland during the Middle Ages, centring on a hall. Usually timber-framed, some high status examples were built in stone.
... see also a hall and parlour house is a type of vernacular house found in early modern to 19th century England.

References and Sources

Counties of England - Historic Buildings Projects

See Counties of England - United Kingdom

// Bedfordshire

// Berkshire

// Bristol - to follow

// Buckinghamshire

// Cambridgeshire

// Cheshire

// Cornwall

// Isles of Scilly

// County Durham

// Historic Buildings of Cumberland - Today's Cumbria includes parts of the historic counties of Westmorland and Lancashire

// Derbyshire

// Devon

// Dorset

// Essex

// Gloucestershire

// Hampshire

// Herefordshire

// Hertfordshire

// Huntingdonshire

// Kent

// Lancashire

// Leicestershire

// Lincolnshire

// Middlesex inc. London

// Norfolk

// Northamptonshire

// Northumberland

// Nottinghamshire

// Oxfordshire

// Rutland now East Midlands

// Shropshire (Salop)

// Somerset

// Staffordshire

// Suffolk

// Surrey


divided into two projects
// East Sussex
// West Sussex

// Warwickshire

// Westmorland Now Cumbria/Cumberland

// Wiltshire

// Worcestershire

// Yorkshire


Counties of Scotland - Historic Buildings Projects

See Counties of Scotland

// Aberdeenshire Now includes Aberdeen City and Historic Kincardineshire

// Angus Now includes Dundee City

// Argyllshire Now includes Historical Buteshire

// Ayrshire Now East and North Ayrshire

// Banffshire Now split between Moray and Aberdeenshire councils.

// Berwickshire Now part of Scottish Borders

// Buteshire Now included in Argyll and Bute

// Caithness Now part of Highland

// Clackmannanshire

// Dumfries-shire Now Dumfries and Galloway

// Dunbartonshire Now East and West Dunbartonshire

// East Lothian - (Haddingtonshire)

// Edinburghshire  Now Midlothian

// Fife/Fifeshire

// Inverness-shire Now part of Highland

// Kincardineshire Now included in Aberdeenshire

// Kinross-shire Now Perth and Kinross

// Kirkcudbrightshire Now Dumfries and Galloway

// Lanarkshire Now North and South Lanarkshire

// Linlithgowshire Now West Lothian

// Moray, Morayshire or Elginshire

// Nairn or Nairnshire Now part of Highland

// Orkney

// Peebles-shire Now part of Scottish Borders

// Perthshire Now Perth and Kinross also part of Stirling

// Renfrewshire

// Ross and Cromarty Now part of Highland

// Roxburghshire Now part of Scottish Borders

// Selkirkshire Now part of Scottish Borders

// Shetland

// Stirlingshire Now Stirling which includes part of Perthshire

// Sutherland Now part of Highland

// Wigtownshire Now Dumfries and Galloway

Counties of Wales - Historic Buildings Projects

See Counties of Wales and Castles of Wales

See Table of Welsh Place names (Table listing where places are in Current [Post 1974/1996] Welsh Counties/Historic Counties

// Anglesey (Sir Fôn)

// Brecknockshire/Brecon (Sir Frycheiniog) now in Powys)

// Cardiganshire (Sir Aberteifi or Ceredigion)

// Caernarfonshire (Sir Gaernarfon)

// Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin or Sir Gâr)

// Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

// Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

// Glamorganshire (Sir Forgannwg or Morgannwg)

// Merionethshire (Sir Feirionnydd or Meirionnydd)

// Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

// Montgomeryshire (Sir Drefaldwyn)

// Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

// Radnorshire (Sir Faesyfed)

Counties of Northern Ireland - Historic Buildings Project

See Counties of Northern Ireland





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Counties of Ireland - Historic Buildings Project - Main Page

See Counties of Ireland - Republic of Ireland



United Kingdom

  • Ancient Churches of Sussex - Ken & Joyce Whiteman1998
  • Battle Castles - 500 years of Knights and Siege Warfare - Dan Snow; 2012 ISBN 978-0-00-745558-4
  • Best of Britain's Castles - AA 2004 ISBN 0 7495 4046 X
  • Buildings of England - Sussex; Ian Nairn and Nikolaus Pevsner; 1973 ISBN 0 14 071028 0
  • Castle - A History of the Buildings that Shaped Medieval Britain, by Marc Morris; 2003 ISBN 9780099558491
  • Castles England+Scotland+Wales+Ireland - Plantagenet Somerset Fry; 2005 ISBN ) 7153 2212 5
  • Castles in Wales, a Handbook - Gerald Morgan; 2010 ISBN 9781847710314
  • Castles of Britain - Christina Gasgoine; 1975
  • Castles of Britain and Ireland - Lise Hull; 2011
  • Castles of Britain and Ireland - Plantagenet Somerset Fry; 1996 ISBN ) 7153 1255 3
  • Castles of Scotland - Pitkin Guide
  • Castles of Sussex - John Guy; 1984 ISBN 0 85033 523 X
  • Castles of Sussex - Mike Salter;
  • Castles of Wales and the Welsh Marshes - Pitkin Guide
  • Cathedrals & Abbeys of England - Stephen Platten 2014 ISBN 978-0-7117-1003-0
  • Discovering Abbeys and Priories - Geoffrey N. Wright; 2004 ISBN 13: 978 0 74780 589 2
  • Edinburgh Castle - Iain MacIvor; 1993 ISBN 0 7134 7295 2
  • The English Castle - John Goodall; 2011 (2nd printing) ISBN 978-0-300-11058-6
  • English Castles - R Allen Brown; 2004 ISBN 1 84383 069 8
  • Exploring Britain's Castles - AA; 2011
  • Historic Houses, Castles & Gardens - The Original Guide to the Treasures of Great Britain & Ireland (Johansens) - est. 1954
  • The History and Antiquities of Batha Abbey Church - John Britton - rteprint
  • Houses of the National Trust - Lydia Greeves; 2013 ISBN 978 19078 9248 6
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of The Castles, Palaces and Stately Houses of Britain & Ireland - Charles Phillips;
  • The Most Amazing Royal Places in Britain - Reader's Digest
  • The Most Amazing Stately Homes in Britain - Reader's Digest

Ireland Specific

  • Abandoned Mansions of Ireland - Tarquin Blake; reprint 2013 ISBN -13:97812848890619
  • Abandoned Mansions of Ireland II - Tarquin Blake; 2012 ISBN - 13: 9781848891555
  • Castles of Ireland - Mairéd Ashe Fitzgerald; 2015 ISBN 978-1-84717-667-7


  • How to Read Castles - Malcolm Hislop; 2013 ISBN 978-1-4725-2161-3


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