Sports and Recreation Buildings

Listing Selection Guide

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing sports and recreation buildings.

It covers buildings and other structures associated with the playing and watching of sports of all types from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Those associated with indoor sports include billiard halls, riding schools, skittle alleys, swimming pools and velodromes, while outdoors facilities include many kinds of pavilions and stands.

Many of the buildings in this guide have an affinity with considerations in the selection guides for Garden and Parks Structures (such as hunting lodges, boathouses and bowling greens), Culture and Entertainment Buildings and Commerce and Exchange Buildings (particularly recreations associated with the pub such as boxing, skittles, cock-fighting and rifle shooting).

This is one of a series of guides which set out some of our approaches to listing buildings. Covering twenty broad categories of building types, they including historical overviews and special considerations for listing, plus select bibliographies. They are primarily intended to develop understanding of listed buildings and structures, and to offer insight into listing decision making.


  • Introduction
  • Historical summary
  • Specific considerations
  • Select bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 28
  • Product Code: HEAG107


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