South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Call for interim protection for listed buildings after Jacobean ceiling destroyed in Bristol

A petition has been set up to close a planning loophole after a 400-year-old ceiling in Bristol’s Old City was destroyed. The Bristol former town house's elaborate Jacobean ceiling was deliberately destroyed by a developer before Historic England could assess the building for listing. Victorian Society and SAVE Britain's Heritage are among organisations urging the public to sign a petition asking the Government to give interim protection to buildings proposed for listing.

A Historic England spokesperson said: “The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has now agreed with our recommendation that 15 Small Street does not meet the criteria for listing.

“The destruction of the beautiful 17th century ceiling and the fact that the rest of the building had been heavily altered over the years means that it does not meet the high benchmark for listing.

“Had we been able to continue with our planned inspection of the building before the ceiling was deliberately removed, we could have had constructive discussions with the owner about managing changes to the building in a way that respected its remaining historic features.”