With a number of historic London properties on our books, Dexters' specialist period homes team always read with interest the latest buildings to acquire listed status.
Historic England recently granted listed status to five new buildings, including two in London: a humble Hyde Park cabbie's shelter dating back to 1904 - still used by London cab drivers today - and a series of ornate ceremonial buildings at a Jewish cemetery in Willesden. Together with residential properties, including a warren-like home built into the earth in West Yorkshire, these diverse structures show the sheer variety of Britain's heritage buildings today.
Dexters recently sold a classic Grade II Georgian townhouse in Westminster. The beautiful period fireplaces, high ceilings and immaculate refurbishment at this property represented just a few of the things we love about our job!
At the other end of the spectrum, we were equally excited to bring to market a converted tram shed in Tufnell Park. Without listed status, this building underwent a spectacular transformation, whilst respecting the original framework.
"Historic central London property comes in many shapes and sizes, just as you'd expect in a city that has grown over thousands of years," says Kirsty Sugden of Dexters Westminster. To speak to us about buying a period property in London, contact our Mayfair office on 020 7590 9590.
What is listing? The power to protect noteworthy sites from redevelopment or demolition was actually established in 1882 but the system used today was introduced 70 years ago. After World War Two, Britain underwent a major rebuilding programme to clear and replace buildings damaged or destroyed by bombing. The Town and Country Planning Act of 1947 was implemented to identify those properties special enough to be protected, with the first lists dubbed "salvage lists". There were more than 45,000 new listings made in the scheme's first 10 years, with the current tally standing at about 400,000. This includes 710 windmills, 514 pigsties, 262 palaces, 72 piers, 16 plague crosses, 13 dung-pits, three scoreboards, two fairground rides and a rocket.