Heritage, conservation and archaeology

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The Borough has a rich and varied heritage ranging from small eighteenth century farmsteads, Victorian villas and terraced dwellings, to large mill sites. General information on the heritage of the Blackburn with Darwen and the management of heritage is set out in the Heritage Strategy 2011-2016.

Listed buildings

Buildings or sites (designated heritage assets) are listed because they have special architectural or historic interest. The listing is carried out by Historic England and forms part of the national Heritage list for England. The building or site is immediately protected by law and it is an offence to carry out any changes to it without having first received listed building consent. It may not be demolished or altered in any way that affects its character without the consent of the Council by listed building consent application.

There are approximately 200 listed buildings in the Borough, descriptions of listings can be downloaded from the from the National Heritage list.

Historic England provide further guidance on listed buildings including a database which provides access to up to date information on all nationally designated heritage assets.

Locally listed heritage assets

A local list of heritage assets is a separate list compiled by the local authority and are heritage assets of local significance which the Local Authority and the local community have decided have local heritage merit. These may include structures or buildings that make a positive contribution to the local historic environment of Blackburn with Darwen either by historic association, architectural value, townscape value or archaeological interest. A list is in the process of being prepared to date. No greater protection is afforded to buildings on a local list but have to be given material consideration if a planning application was submitted that affected them either through demolition or alteration.

A list of locally listed heritage assets has been prepared and can be accessed here:

Conservation areas

Conservation Areas are designated historic areas that have special architectural or historic character.

The Council has a duty to protect the special character of conservation areas. Within a Conservation Area most buildings may not be demolished without the consent of the Council and trees are similarly protected. Stricter planning controls also apply for alterations and changes to buildings.

Buildings and structures are not individually listed as being of architectural or historic interest, but it is their group value and contribution to the overall architectural and historic character of the area that is important. Development proposals should therefore always have regard to the aim to preserve or enhance the character of the conservation area.

Plans showing the location and boundaries of each conservation area:

There are currently fourteen designated Conservation areas in the Borough, containing over 2000 individual properties:

Conservation area   Designation date
Chapeltown Map 1970
Edgworth Map 1972
Hoddlesden Map 1975
Corporation Park 1 and 2 ( combined into one area in 2015) Map 1975
Griffin Map 1975
Richmond Terrace/St John's Map 1975
Dukes Brow/Revidge Map 1975
Blackburn Cathedral Map 1992
Richmond Terrace Extension Map 1992
Northgate Map 1994
Darwen Street Map 1994
King Street Map 1994
Darwen Town Centre Map 1995
​Eanam Wharf Conservation Area Map



Carrying out work within a conservation area

The Council provides advice and consultation to local residents who are considering carrying out any works on property within a conservation area.

If you would like advice on carrying out works within a conservation area please contact us

Conservation area character appraisals and management plans

This series has been prepared on behalf of the Council to set out the historic character of each area and help inform development proposals to respect the historical context. 

Character appraisals

Management plan

Development guides

Public realm strategy

Blackburn Town Centre

Archaeology desk based assessment

Blackburn town centre


Within the Borough there are the remains of 6 scheduled ancient monuments, sites of national importance protected by law:

Site Name Type General Period Specific Period
Cheetham Close, Turton Stone Circle, ring cairn and two round cairns Prehistoric Bronze Age
Pleasington Alum works Alum quarry Post medieval  1600-1900
Witton Hall, Witton House Post Medieval Pre - 1544
Coking Ovens, Aushaw Moss Coking Ovens and works Post Medieval 1850-1893
Steam Tramway Reversing Triangle Tramway Post Medieval 1881
Bottom o' the Knots Brow, Roman Road Earthwork Roman

As well as these scheduled sites, there are many other sites of archaeological interest within the Borough which are taken into account in relation to the Council’s day-to-day development management decision making. Historic sites such as mill sites for example may require an archaeological evaluation to be undertaken so that a full appreciation of the importance of the archaeological evidence can be obtained and an informed planning decision made.  Archaeological consultation at an early stage of the planning of development schemes can help to avoid potential problems and the Borough Council supports and liaises with the work of the Lancashire Sites and Monuments Record based at Lancashire County Council for this purpose.

Contact details for further information

Please contact the Lancashire County Archaeology Service.

Contact details

Mail Regeneration and Environment, Fourth floor, Town Hall, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 585846
Fax Number(s) 01254 585599
E-mail forwardplanning@blackburn.gov.uk
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