How not to get lost in a listed building.

Bath Preservation Trust has today launched a new publication giving guidance on how to make changes to listed buildings in Bath.

Endorsed by Historic England and B&NES Council’s Historic Environment team, the Bath-specific publication aims to assist householders who are thinking about changing or adapting their listed building and want guidance on best practice and how to go about getting the relevant permissions.

Authored by the Trust’s Conservation Officer Joanna Robinson, the easy-to-read guide has two main sections, one looking at an overview of listed buildings and how to approach making changes, and the second looking in detail at individual house features such as paintwork, ironwork, roofs, windows etc. There is also a ‘jargon-busting’ glossary to assist in the understanding the planning system.


Chairman of Bath Preservation Trust, Thomas Sheppard, said at the publication’s launch today at No. 15 Great Pulteney:

“Much of Bath’s heritage is looked after by private individuals, carrying the cost of repairing and maintaining their listed homes to secure these heritage assets for the future. Bath Preservation Trust wishes to help householders have the information readily available to do the best for their properties and to ensure the conservation of the city into the 21st Century and beyond”.

Trust Chief Executive, Caroline Kay, said:

“Bath is a very special place and Bath’s 5000 listed properties need specific advice. We are delighted to be able to provide this and are grateful to Historic England and the World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund for supporting the publication of this guidance. The Trust will also continue to give free advice to individual householders by ‘phone or email when we can, so this supplements rather than substitutes for our continuing service to the people of Bath”.

Hard copies are obtainable by sending a stamped (£1.50) self-addressed A4 envelope to Sacha Hunter, Bath Preservation Trust, 1 Royal Crescent Bath BA1 2LR together with a suggested donation to Bath Preservation Trust of £5, to support the free advice that BPT continues to offer householders. Copies will also be given through estate agents, lawyers and architects’ firms to new purchasers of listed buildings in Bath or those intending to make changes to their buildings. Professional companies dealing with such clients are invited to order copies from the Trust.

A PDF of the publication can be downloaded (free) from

The Trust is extremely grateful to its sponsors as follows:

Publication sponsors:

Historic England

The public body that looks after England’s historic environment.  It champions historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund

The fund is a partnership between the World Heritage Site Steering Group, B&NES Council and Bath Preservation Trust.

It has three aims:

  • to initiate and organise minor enhancements to Bath’s heritage;
  • to assist and encourage others to undertake such work;
  • to organise volunteers for the same purpose.

Launch sponsor:

No. 15 Great Pulteney

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Bath Preservation Trust

Bath Preservation Trust is a local amenity group and registered charity. It was set up in 1934 to safeguard the historic city of Bath, now the only complete city in the UK afforded World Heritage Site status. Its aims are:

  • to encourage and support the conservation, evolution and enhancement of Bath and its environs within a framework appropriate both to its historic setting and its sustainable future, and
  • to provide educational resources, including museums, which focus on the architectural and historic importance of the city.   Twitter  Facebook  Instagram