Heritage Protection

Alnwick and Denwick are both rich in heritage with over 300 protected sites, some dating back into prehistory. These are all identified on a map maintained by Alnwick Civic Society – click <here>.

Heritage Legislation

Britain has been very successful in protecting its historic heritage through legislation and regulation, with the two main systems being listing and scheduling.

Listing is used as the primary protection for buildings, and is managed (within England) by Historic England. There are three levels of designation:

  • Grade I: Are of exceptional interest
  • Grade II*: Are particularly important buildings of more than special interest
  • Grade II: Are of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them

Scheduling is the older form of protection, tracing its roots back to the 1882 Ancient Monuments Protection Act. Today it is mainly applied to archaeological sites, though in the past it has been used for other structures. As a result, some sites are both scheduled and listed.

Conservation Areas

In addition to the national systems of protection, local authorities can designate part of a town or village as a Conservation Area. This ensures any developments or changes in that area are given extra scrutiny through the planning system. Alnwick town centre is such a conservation area. For a map of Alnwick’s conservation area – click <here>

Local Heritage Lists

Local authorities can also adopt a Local Heritage List which identifies those buildings and places which, whilst not meeting the criteria for statutory protection, still contribute to an area’s distinctive local identity – in effect our ‘sense of place’. The Alnwick Civic Society is involved in the development of such a list for Alnwick and Denwick. ….. more <here>.

Heritage at Risk

The systems of protection, in the main, deal with the avoidance of damage to important assets. Historic England also operate the Heritage at Risk programme which works with owners, friends groups, developers and other stakeholders to find solutions for ‘at risk’ historic places and sites across England. There are currently three sites within the Alnwick and Denwick area which are deemed to be ‘at risk’.…. more <here>.