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Domestic 3: Suburban and Country Houses

This Designation Listing Selection Guide outlines the selection criteria used when designating suburban and country houses.

It concentrates on smaller, often suburban, villas, detached and semi-detached private houses which are very frequent candidates for listing and on which more guidance and explanation is perhaps required. It considers the period when the characteristics of the modern suburb as we know it today have emerged, where the residents are largely dependent upon the town for work, shopping and socialisting and the character is predominately residential.

This is one of a series of guides which set out some of our approaches to designating buildings. Covering twenty broad categories of building types, they including historical overviews and special considerations for listing, plus select bibliographies. They are primarily intended to develop understanding of designated buildings and structures, and to offer insight into designation decision making.

Revised October 2011. 

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  • Introduction and definitions
  • Historical Summary
  • Specific considerations when considering suburban and country houses for designation
  • Select bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed


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