Real Estate: Castles in Europe

spiritofmusic

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There's no whys or wherefores on this. Often it's to do with an architectural style or appreciated building construction.

So, barns in the UK countryside that were used agriculturally to store hay or grain, animals etc, back in the Industrial Revolution and after, often have architectural merit in roof structure, and are Grade 2 or even 1A listed.

Ecclesiastical buildings like churches and cathedrals too, and castles. Many industrial buildings of great design interest or even use of building materials are often deemed vital, and thus Listed.

In our case, there are/were so many of these Methodist chapels of which we've bought a fantastic example, but deemed "not of interest/merit", and thus not Listed. Some snobbery here, Methodism was not revered in the same way as Angicanism (Church Of England), and thus chapels were not protected as churches have been.

Of course the irony is that planning permission to acquire change of use on planning of Listed churches from place of worship to domestic residence is very hard to get, and these churches fall into disrepair. Barns much more positive.

And that's the reason we now live in a Non Listed chapel. Already converted, although needing total renovation, and not handcuffed/made bankrupt by the suffocating obligations.
 

spiritofmusic

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"When you look long into a castle, the castle looks into you"
F. Nietzsche, bankrupt and destitute former castle owner and busking philosopher
 

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