Rarity can apply to all types of heritage asset. Rarity relates to an assets age, type, construction, design or through association with historical events, people etc and as such links closely with other criteria.

Rarity of a heritage asset should be assessed against its context against the local character of the area it is found, the county, wider East Midlands area and possibly nationally.

What is considered rare in one area, may be different to another.

Guidance and Support for Members of the Public

These notes are not exhaustive and intended to offer a guide to assist with interpreting this Criterion.

When interpreting the rarity of a candidate, you should consider:

  1. The amount of examples of that asset type in the local area 
  2. Whether it is a rare example of a local practice, tradition, method of construction etc 
  3. The rarity of the candidate can also be interpreted through its integrity, if multiple examples exist, those that are less unaltered will be rarer than those that have seen change over time
  4. Is the candidate an example of something that was once prevalent but is now not found within the historic environment.