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Historic parks and gardens and historic battlefields

What is a Registered Park and Garden?

A Registered Park and Garden is a nationally important designed landscape that is included on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England. The register includes over 1,600 sites and 13 are in the Leeds district.

The emphasis of the Register is on ‘designed’ landscapes, rather than on planting or botanical importance. As well as parks and gardens relating to historic houses, designed landscapes such as cemeteries and hospital grounds are also included on the register.

Just as with listed buildings, Registered Parks and Gardens are grading according to their importance:
Grade I – of exceptional interest – about 10%
Grade II* - of great interest – about 28%
Grade II – of special interest – about 62%

What is a Registered Battlefield?

English Heritage maintains the Register of Historic Battlefields. It includes 43 nationally important English battlefields, 1 is in the Leeds district.

What does designation mean?

Registered Parks and Gardens and Registered Battlefields are recognised as designated heritage assets and registration is a ‘material consideration’ in the planning process. This means that the Council must consider the impact of any proposed development on the special character of the site and its setting.
The Council have to notify English Heritage about any planning applications that affect Grade I or Grade II* Registered Parks and Gardens and the Garden History Society for applications that affect any grade of Registered Park and Garden.

Registered Parks and Gardens in Leeds

Leeds has thirteen Registered Parks and Gardens:

  • Armley House (Gotts Park) - Grade II
  • Beckett Street Cemetery – Grade II
  • Bramham Park – Grade I
  • Harewood House – Grade I
  • High Royds Hospital – Grade II
  • Hunslet Cemetery – Grade II
  • Lawnswood Cemetery – Grade II
  • Ledston Hall Park – Grade II*
  • Lotherton Hall – Grade II
  • Oulton Hall – Grade II
  • Pudsey Cemetery – Grade II*
  • Roundhay Park – Grade II
  • Temple Newsham – Grade II

Registered Battlefields in Leeds

  • Adwalton Moor

Why is a park or garden included on the register?

To be included on the register, a park or garden must be of national significance. Significance is based on ‘designed’ landscapes rather than on planting or botanical importance. 

Whether or not a site merits national recognition depends primarily on the age of its main layout and features, its rarity as an example of historic landscape design and the quality of the surviving landscape.

Where can I view the Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England?

The register entries are available on the National Heritage List for England – see External links.

What is a Registered Battlefield?

A Registered Battlefield is a nationally important site of a battle included on the English Heritage Register of Historic Battlefields.

Why is a battlefield included on the register?

​To be included on the register, a battlefield must be of national significance.

Whether or not a site merits national recognition depends primarily on its historic significance. To be included on the Register a battlefield must have had a significant impact on English history. The battle must have involved recognised military units and the area on which the forces formed up and fought must be capable of definition on the ground. Surviving topographical and built features which played a part in the course of the battle are also important factors as is the potential for ‘battlefield archaeology’.

Can I view the Register of Historic Battlefields?

The register entries are available on the National Heritage List for England – see External links.

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