Will Allbrook House and the Library be listed, plus background to listed buildings


For those of you that haven’t heard, English Heritage will soon be looking to seek views on whether the Alton Estate’s Allbrook House and Library should be listed.

If you are not aware of what the requirements are for listing, then have a look at the following text;

“How Buildings are Chosen

 The principles of selection for these lists were originally drawn up by an expert committee of architects, antiquarians and historians, and are still followed, although now adapted to thematic surveys and Post-War buildings. Buildings that qualify for listing are:-

 (a) All buildings before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition.

(b) Most buildings between 1700-1840, though some selection is necessary.

(c) Between 1840 and 1914 only buildings of definite quality and character, the selection being designed to include the best examples of particular building types.

(d) Selected buildings from the period after 1914 are selected on the same basis.

(e) Buildings under 30 years old (but more than ten) are normally listed only if they are of outstanding quality and under threat.

 In choosing buildings, particular attention is paid to:-

  • Special value within certain types, either for architectural or planning reasons or as illustrating social and economic history (for instance, industrial buildings, railway stations, schools, hospitals, prisons, theatres).
  • Technological innovation or virtuosity (for instance cast iron, prefabrication, or the early use of concrete).
  • Group value, especially as examples of town planning (for instance, squares, terraces or model estates).
  • Association with well-known characters or events”

Source: Wandsworth Council – How are buildings listed

Going through various documents produced by various bodies some of the past comments have already been shared with readers, though an updated version highlights that Wandsworth Council recognised, as far back as 2006, that English Heritage may come into play regarding a listing.

Click this sentence to have a read of aggregated comments by various bodies.

Based on these comments a listing may not be an unreasonable request……..

Other documents/sites of interest;


Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk



3 thoughts on “Will Allbrook House and the Library be listed, plus background to listed buildings

  1. Quasher

    No, it’s definitely not the case, according to Historic England, that any application has been made to have these buildings listed prior to this year.

  2. Rob

    It’s not an attractive or functional building… The towers in the area represent the architectural style. Time for people to move on – times change.

  3. George Hebborn

    I am fairly certain that this was being given consideration when I telephoned English Heritage some years ago? Last time the council planned to pull it down.


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