Heritage structures and places are physical reminders of how we used to live. They add a deeper sense of character and age to a town, and should be treasured and protected as much as possible.

There are more of these heritage-listed structures in and around Heywood than you might expect. These include old mills, churches, pigsties, and sundials, each of them listed on the Statutory List of 'Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest'. The list was compiled under the Planning Act 1971.

There are three types of listed status for buildings in England and Wales:
  • Grade I: Buildings of exceptional interest. Only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I. 
  • Grade II*: Particularly important buildings of more than special interest. 5.5% of listed buildings are this grade. 
  • Grade II: Buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them. 92% of all listed buildings are in this class.
There are three 'Grade II*' places in and around Heywood, while all others are 'Grade II'.

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