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Historic Buildings and Structures

Newcastle-under-Lyme has a rich heritage that includes many fine buildings, including churches and ancient buildings, and we have a duty to preserve and enhance them.  The Council has also produced a leaflet which sets out generally what it means to look after or live in a Listed Building.

Listed buildings

There are around 380 buildings on the statutory list of buildings of architectural or historic interest in Newcastle-under-Lyme.  A full list of listed buildings within the borough is available to view

You need listed building consent to carry out alterations or make changes to a listed building and any unauthorised work is a criminal offence.  This includes internal work and you should always check with the local planning authority.

When applying for consent to carry out alterations or extensions, you should ensure that you send in the correct accompanying information, including a full explanation of what the work entails and how it may affect the importance of the building.  This way the Council can fully assess how the work will affect the special architectural or historic character of the building.

Advice is also available on appropriate methods of repair, materials, design and on the availability of grant aid for structural repairs to preserve the building.

As a general rule, works to listed buildings should conform to the following principles: -

Minimum intervention

Repair rather than replace, wherever possible

Like for like repairs

Sand blasting should not be used to clean stone, brick or internal woodwork.  This also applies to the use of chemical cleaning and both methods can cause serious harm to the fabric and appearance of the building.  Water and possibly bristles or wire brushes and detergent should be used

Further information about listing procedures and the effects of listing can be found at Historic England.

Buildings at Risk Survey 2016 - Updated list March 2020.  Next Survey 2021.

The Borough Council  carried out a survey of all of its listed buildings from June 2016 to 2017 and reported the findings to Planning Committee in December 2017.  The current survey has identified 14 buildings of being “at risk”, eight of these are from the last survey, meaning 11 buildings that were at risk in the last survey have been removed from the At Risk Register over the last seven years.   This survey has added six more buildings and structures to the Register and all of those identified at risk are highlighted below.

Farm Buildings at Oakley Park Farm Butterton Road Butterton - no change

Former Brewhouse wall at Oakley Hall Mucklestone - new owner intending to undertake a survey.  Keep watch and push forward.

Oakley Folly Tyrley Market Drayton - no change

Conservatory/orangery at Madeley Manor Care Home, Madeley - no change and Manor House now vacant with no use but recent change of ownership.

Woodshutts Farmhouse Second Avenue Kidsgrove - further fire building now more vulnerable.  Considering options.

Blast Furnace, Springwood Road, Chesterton - associated house for sale but this is a Scheduled Ancient Monument so Historic England are responsible for this asset.

Jasmine Lodge, Talke - new owners carrying out improvements and repairs - to watch

Tower, Mill Rise, Kidsgrove - structural survey and necessary repairs carried out - no longer at risk.

1 Nelson Place, Newcastle - no change

Former Orme Centre, Higherland, Newcastle - new use and building repaired - no longer at risk.

Boat House, Heighley Castle Way, Madeley - no change

Audley End Mill, Mill End, Audley - no change

Stable block at Whitmore Hall - being monitored, improvements to gutters and water ingress, roof timber replaced.

181 Aston – attached cowshed - repairs and rebuild for new use associated with farmhouse.  No longer at risk.

Former Maxims - new use to care home and no longer at risk.

In 2009 of the 365 listed building entries that were surveyed,

  • 324 or 88.8 per cent scored 1-3 and so are "not at risk"
  • 22 or 6.0 cent scored 4 so "require monitoring"
  • 19 or 5.2 per cent scored 5-7 and so were "at risk".

Since the survey was undertaken some of these buildings are now no longer at risk or have been temporarily dealt with but others are still at risk and no solution has been found as yet.  Officers have visited all of the buildings and structures on the List to assess the general state of repair.  The survey is a visual assessment and does not generally involve an internal inspection.  Some buildings are not considered at risk but require monitoring and the council will also work with owners of these buildings to ensure that they do not decline and become at risk.


Historic Churches Project

The Church Building Support Officer for North Staffordshire aims to help communities and congregations fully realise the potential of their historic churches. A copy of the Summary report (2009) and individual churches can be found in useful documents on this page.

The post began in 2013 by English Heritage, Church of England Diocese, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Renew, Methodist Church and Baptist Church.  The role has expanded geographically but Pat Evemy, the Support Officer, is still available to provide support for places of worship worried about their building or a diminishing congregation.

Contact Pat Evemy by e-mail or 07801 097502.

Historic Churches Study for North Staffordshire

This review has been prepared in order to assess the legacy, and guide the future management, of places of worship in the City of Stoke-on-Trent and the urban areas of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Kidsgrove. Prepared with the support and involvement of English Heritage, the Diocese of Lichfield, the local authorities and various denominations, it considers churches in use belonging to the Baptist Church, Church of England, Methodist Church, Roman Catholic Church and United Reformed Church. It seeks to assess both their significance and their sensitivity to change, as well as to describe their current role within the communities they serve.

 From its pre-industrial origins as a scattering of small villages, the study area grew from the mid-18th century to become a major industrial conurbation, famous the world over for its pottery industry. While the legacy of mediaeval church building is small, there is a considerable heritage of buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. This period saw the rapid growth of Protestant Nonconformity, whose growing and diverse congregations increased in far greater quantity than did the established Church of England. The Anglican response to this, in the form of Commissioners’ Churches, has left us with a series of major monuments of the early Gothic Revival, whose towers even today dominate their surroundings. The 20th century also saw a great deal of church building, particularly in the expanding suburbs, and particularly for the Roman Catholic Church. However, today most of the major Christian churches are numerically in decline. The Free churches have divested themselves of many of their historic buildings, while the Church of England and increasingly the Roman Catholic Church are having to face the problem of managing a large and expensive stock of buildings with diminishing congregations, manpower and resources. It is in order to ensure that future planning takes account of the significance of the rich heritage of places of worship in the study area that this review has been prepared.

See useful documents for the Summary Report and specific church reports.

Scheduled Monuments

There are currently 13 scheduled ancient monuments in Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough.  Any proposed works affecting these remains require special Scheduled Monument Consent from the Secretary of State.  More information can be found at the Staffordshire County Historic Environment Team website


Parish Name: - 13 Scheduled Ancient Monument in the Borough OS Grid ref. (SJ) County Ref.*
Audley Motte and Bailey, Castle Hill 21538 21538
Loggerheads Audley's Cross, Tyrley 714352 21594
Loggerheads 'Auctioneers Mound' near Ashley Church 765365 21530
Loggerheads Hales Roman Villa & pre-Roman structures 721337 164
Loggerheads 'Devil's Ring and Finger' whirl stones, near Oakley Hall 707379 6
Loggerheads Moated Site, Willoughbridge Park 741394 21515
Madeley Heighley Castle 772467 21537
Madeley Old Madeley Manor 772423 67
Maer Berth Hill Camp 788390 21569
Maer Bowl Barrow, Maer Hills 780397 22433
Maer Moated site, Lea Head Manor 750421 13465
Newcastle - Town Castle Motte, Silverdale Road 845459 34932
Newcastle -Chesterton Springwood Blast Furnace 820499 197


Last updated 25 January 2021

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