Love Local Landmarks

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Love Local Landmarks' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Love Local Landmarks' page

Project on locally listed buildings in Hackney

In 2010 the Hackney Society received a small grant from English Heritage to part-fund a review and survey of the borough’s 448 locally listed buildings. Volunteers were involved in the survey and in the development of an online catalogue.

Local authorities are responsible for the care and conservation of locally listed buildings, but they have little statutory power to protect them from demolition, decay or neglect unless they are located in a conservation area or are in residential use. On a national level these buildings are poorly documented despite the important contribution they make to the character, distinctiveness and identity of our villages, towns and cities.

The Hackney Society surveyed these buildings. In 2010 little was known about them except that a high proportion dated from the Georgian and Victorian periods, and that many of the borough’s significant 20th-century buildings were not included. The local list had not been reviewed since 1991 and with little up-to-date information we were unsure about the condition or status of these buildings.

The Hackney Society has conducted a full survey of the local list, which included documenting each building by taking photographs, writing short architectural descriptions and assessing their condition. The data has been added to an online catalogue at and submitted to the English Heritage’s Historic Environment Record. The project resulted in a tool kit for other local authorities to use. It also assessed new buildings to be added to the list. It was supported by Hackney Council.

Training for the project was funded by Discover Hackney (Hackney's Built Environment and Heritage Partnership) and English Heritage.

A report on the project written in December 2012 is available here.

The and websites were launched on 20 September 2013.


This page was added on 02/11/2010.
Comments about this page

A building I would really like to see protected and, ideally, restored is the Clapton Cinematograph Theatre in Lower Clapton Road. I understand that this is one of the oldest purpose built cinemas in the UK and as such has social and historical, as well as architectural value.

By Bill Vincent
On 24/03/2011