Complexity and cost of insuring Britain’s historic buildings

The Gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey with the suns rays producing a star. Sea mist held back by the cliffs at Sandsend in the background
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Forty years since English Heritage rebranded to Historic England under Margaret Thatcher’s government, Pam Kokoszka explores the role the insurance industry plays in protecting listed buildings.

There are about 400,000 listed buildings in England, according to Historic England. These listings are classified into three grades: grade 1 makes up 2.5% of all listed buildings, grade 2* makes up 5

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