As many of the buildings I've been photographing are ‘listed’ I thought I’d just explain briefly what the term means.
The listing of buildings began during World War II as a way of deciding which buildings should be rebuilt if they were damaged by bombing. After the war The Town and Country Planning Act of 1947 led to the compilation of the first list of buildings of special historical or architectural interest.
In England the list is kept by English Heritage but other parts of the UK also have similar systems for designating important buildings. Listing does not guarantee that a building will never be altered or demolished but it must be taken into account when making planning decisions.
There are three categories of listed buildings:
Grade I – buildings of exceptional interest. Very rare.
Assembly Rooms, Hotel Street. 1792. Architect J. Johnson of Leicester.
Grade II* – buildings that are particularly important with more than special interest.
Engineering Building, University of Leicester (1961-63) by James Stirling and James Gowan.
Grade II – buildings that are nationally important and of special interest. Most listed buildings are Grade II.
Top: Petrol filling station canopies, Loughborough Road (Red Hill), late 1960s by Eliot Noyes for Mobil. The pumps aren’t included in the designation. This picture was kindly leant me by a friend. The canopies have since been repainted.
Middle (l-r): Former weighbridge office, now a taxi station, centre of the road in Humberstone Gate. Mid to late nineteenth century, Gothic style building.
Lancaster Road Fire Station, 1925-27. Designed by A.E. and T. Sawday.
Two type K6 Telephone boxes outside the station on London Road. Designed 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.
Bottom (l-r): Leicester Prison Gatehouse. 1825-8 by William Parsons the County Surveyor, with addition of 1844-6 by M.J. Dain.
Shop premises, Granby Street. 1930s by Symington, Prince and Pike.