Calderdale is home to 2,161 treasured ancient buildings

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WHEN it comes to heritage hot spots, Calderdale has more per head of the population than just about any other area in the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber region.

There are more than 2,000 listed building – one for every 100 Calderdale residents.

Now it is possible to study the wide variety of historic halls and houses, farms, factories, parks and pubs on the English Heritage on-line database, The National Heritage List for England.

Overall, Yorkshire and the Humber is home to eight per cent of England’s listed buildings, it also has two World Heritage sites, eight per cent of scheduled monuments, seven per cent of the registered parks and seven battlefields, all of which can be found on the list.

While Calderdale has 2,161 listed buildings, the results reveal that Kirklees has 3,019 followed by the East Riding of Yorkshire with 2,385, which is also home to the most Grade I listed buildings.

Leeds has 2,340 buildings followed by Bradford with 2,292 and Harrogate with 2,264.

The English Heritage website not only maps where places are but in many cases gives detailed descriptions of their special architectural or historic interest.

Nick Bridgland, of English Heritage, said: “For the first time the National Heritage List for England brings together everything that is designated as deserving special protection, whether it is a listed building, a scheduled monument or a registered park or garden.

“For England as a whole, there are nearly 400,000 places on the list which is being added to daily.”

Further information is available at www.english-heritage.org.uk/caring/listing.