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A Local List of Heritage Assets for Carlisle District

Carlisle Area has over 1,500 listed buildings, however, there are many other heritage assets of architectural, historic or archaeological interest throughout the District that do not meet the strict criteria for national designation. These buildings do however make a significant, local contribution to the historic environment and sense of place.

The Council recognises the valuable contribution that these assets make to the historic environment.  Cumbrian Local Authorities received a joint grant circa £70,000 from Historic England in 2021 to assist in the development of a ‘local list’. These would be heritage assets that were not of sufficient national interest to make it on Historic England’s national list of listed buildings, but which might otherwise be of local significance.  The concept of ‘local heritage assets’ is referred to in the National Planning Policy Framework, and also in Carlisle Local Plan Policy HE6, so is a well-established concept. A Local List will help to highlight those places which local communities feel to be worthy of preserving when it comes to drawing up Neighbourhood Plans or when planning applications for specific sites are being considered.

If you would like to nominate a building for the Local List, which will be considered by the Local List Review Panel, please click on the link below to enter your nomination, any queries please contact our Urban Design & Conservation Officer on 01228 817077 alternatively email - [email protected].


The Local List Panel

Once entries are submitted they are briefly sifted by an officer steering group to ensure that enough information is included and that the submission meets the basic criteria (e.g. that the building is not already a listed building) for consideration as a local list nominee. The submissions are assessed periodically by a Cumbria-wide panel comprising elected members – generally the ‘Heritage Champion’ from each Local Authority, and representatives from regional amenity societies. The panel’s recommendation is then made, with an opportunity for public advertisement of the draft list, and an opportunity for public comment, prior to adoption of the list.

The List

Buildings that have been recommended for inclusion, and have been ratified by the panel, will be available to view on the Local List. The List will be reviewed at least once per year, and possibly more often depending on the number of nominations received. The Local List will be available to view on this page once it is ready. The List will be a living document, and will be updated periodically.  


Useful Resources

Conservation Areas

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest. They are identified so we can protect them and make further improvements to their appearance.



EDGE Guide to the history of Carlisle

The history of Cumbria is bloody, more so than most English counties, and Carlisle has had more than its fair share of war and devastation from Roman times onwards, mainly due to its proximity to the border with Scotland.



Historic Environment Register

Maintained by Cumbria County Council, the Historic Environment Record (HER) is a series of linked computer databases that hold information on known archaeological sites, finds, landscapes, buildings and other aspects of the historic environment.



Local History Societies

Contact details and links to websites where available



Old Carlisle Facebook

We are a community page dedicated to the history, heritage and people of Carlisle, Cumbria, England



Parish and community led plans

Action with Communities in Cumbria hold a Directory of Community Action Plans in Cumbria, a centralised resource enabling every Plan produced to be viewed online.



Register of listed buildings in Carlisle District

You can see the register of listed buildings in Carlisle District by using the link below.  Every listed building is identified and briefly described.



Rural masterplanning

Detailed settlement profiles have been drawn up for villages in Carlisle district.



The List

The National Heritage List for England (NHLE) is the only official and up-to-date database of all listed and designated heritage sites.



Tullie House - Carlisle’s Local history

The local history collection comprises a wide spectrum of material relating to the historical evolution of Carlisle and north Cumbria.



Contact details

Nominations forms should be made electronically via the form at this location


If you would like to discuss further please contact the City Council Conservation and Urban Design Officer on 01228 817077.

 Contact Details

  01228 817077

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