WESTMINSTER ABBEY? Definitely. Buckingham Palace? Of course. The Old Colonial? Perhaps not...
Mirfield landlord Tim Wood got a bit of surprise this week when he received an official letter from heritage experts asking him to complete a survey about his listed building. Tim, who runs the Old Colonial on Dunbottle Lane, was taken aback by the request as his pub was only built in 1986 and – as he readily admits – has little architectural merit.
Historic England, formerly known as English Heritage, appear to have sent the letter and survey to a ‘randomly selected’ group of listed building owners, but Tim is still confused as to why he has been included.
“It gave us all a laugh when we opened it, but we’re at a loss to know why they think we’re a listed building,” he said.
“I’ve contacted the architectural firm who are carrying out the survey on behalf of Historic England and they think it must be an error.
“Perhaps we’ve been listed due to our war memorial or the historic military artefacts inside.”
The national listing system marks and celebrates a building’s special architectural and historic interest and brings it under the consideration of the planning system so that some thought will be taken about its future.
The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed.
In England, there are more than 376,000 listed building entries, with Mirfield boasting buildings including St Mary’s Church, the Calder and Hebble Navigation Cottage at Shepley Bridge and Northorpe Hall.
Historic England had not responded to a request for comment by the time we went to print.