Lancashire's heritage

Lancashire's built heritage includes historic buildings of many sizes, periods and types, ranging from the humblest barn to the grandest mansion. This remarkable richness and variety reflects the distinctive aspects of the county's history and contributes to the economic life of the county, and the quality of life enjoyed today by residents and visitors alike.
We here provide further analysis on heritage at risk and listings of historic buildings; organisations involved in conservation and regeneration; a variety of other heritage lists; Lancashire museums, historic houses and art purchases; and the heritage, identity and place results from the Royal Society of Arts.

All of the Lancashire heritage at risks sites can be identified in the Appendix document, which is an interactive PDF– this is by means of the model tree or by using the object data tool in Adobe Reader.

The article draws from numerous websites, and we have not included all of them in the 'related websites' on this active server page

Key facts for Lancashire-14

These key facts are based on 2015 lottery funding data from the Department for Culture Media and Sport and 2016 data for heritage at risk and listed buildings from Historic England, theatre buildings at risk from the Theatres Trust and the local authority heritage index from the Royal Society of Arts.

  • A little under £125 million was allocated to heritage related projects from lottery funds in the Lancashire-14 area (2015)
  • This included £27.7 million in Preston district and £22 million in Blackpool (2015)
  • Heritage was the most lottery-funded good cause in 7 of the 14 Lancashire authorities (2015)
  • There are nine buildings in the most at risk category 'A' in the Lancashire-14 area (2016)
  • There are 54 other buildings on the at risk register in the Lancashire-14 area (2016)
  • There are over 5,000 listed buildings in the Lancashire-14 area (2016)
  • This included 75 Grade I and 279 Grade II* listed buildings (2016)
  • There are four theatre/former theatre buildings in the Lancashire-14 area on the 'theatre buildings at risk' list formulated by the Theatres Trust  (2016)
  • Of these the Burnley Empire is listed as the 5th most at risk theatre building in England (2016)
  • According to the Royal Society of Arts, Hyndburn fell 123 places in the rankings of English authorities in terms of making best use of the authority's heritage assets (2015 to 2016)
  • In the same heritage index, South Ribble fell to 294th place or 32nd from bottom (2016)
  • Blackpool, now in 67th place, is the best Lancashire authority in terms of making good use of the authority's heritage assets (2016)

Further analysis

Lancashire's heritage (PDF 1.9 MB) 
Appendix (PDF 3.5 MB) Heritage at risk sites in the Lancashire-14 area.

For full functionality of the appendix, which is an interactive PDF document, save the file to your computer and open with Adobe Reader. Individual sites can be identified using the object data tool in Adobe Reader (select edit, then analysis, then object data tool). Once a site has been selected by clicking a site with the object data tool, details should appear in the model tree in the left sidebar.

Page updated December 2016