There are 22 buildings and the War Memorial, in Prescot, which appear on the Heritage List for England, which holds details of all nationally protected historic places and buildings in England. These are more commonly known as Listed Buildings. This is out of a list total of 347,081. Owning a Listed Building places restrictions on the owner and most alterations will require listed building consent to carry out such work.
Of the 22 Listed Buildings in Prescot, 1 is Grade 1 (St Mary's Church), the rest being Grade II. The definitions of the Grades are;
- Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important; only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I
- Grade II* buildings are particularly important buildings of more than special interest; 5.5% of listed buildings are Grade II*
- Grade II buildings are nationally important and of special interest; 92% of all listed buildings are in this class and it is the most likely grade of listing for a home owner
Councils have the ability to create a Local List of local important buildings not on the national list, to provide similar restrictions on re-development or change which would affect a buildings character. There is no such local listing covering Prescot. Despite Knowsley Metropolitan Borough identifying several such buildings in its Character Appraisal of the Prescot Conservation Area (2012/13).
Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative
One piece of good news is the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative which, if successful, will see the restoration of several old buildings within the conservation area.