December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
They are the buildings that tell the story of our past in physical form, but a register published today has revealed that 10 more of our key heritage sites are at risk.
A total of 10 buildings and structures have been added to the Heritage at Risk Register in the East of England. They are:
Kersey Mill, Kersey, Suffolk
Church of St Mary, West Tofts, Lynford, Norfolk
Church of All Saints, Stanford, Norfolk
Abbey Farm Cottage, Thetford, Norfolk
Remains of St Mary and All Saints, Old Church Lane, Thundridge, Hertfordshire
Gateway to Wolsey’s College of St Mary, College Street, Suffolk
Denver Mill, Sluice Road, Denver, Norfolk
North Hertfordshire Masonic Lodge (the Cloisters), Barrington Road, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
Church of St Peter, Corpusty and Saxthorpe, Corpusty and Saxthorpe, Norfolk
Martello Tower on golf course adjoining Woodbridge Haven, Felixstowe, Suffolk
Denver Mill, near Downham Market, is among the East of England structures added to English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk Register 2013.
The grade II* listed building suffers from leaks and extreme damp, which the conservation body said threatened to cause timber decay, and was also contributing to the crumbling of a cement-rich render which was “inappropriately applied” to the outside of the mill in the 1990s.
Other sites newly listed include Abbey Farm Cottage at Thetford, a grade I listed late medieval abbey outbuilding, the Church of St Mary at Lynford, near Mundford, and the Church of All Saints at Stanford, also near Mundford.
However, the report contained good news about 11 East of England sites previously deemed at risk, which have now been taken off the register following successful rescue.
One success story was St George’s Theatre in Great Yarmouth, which was restored in partnership with the borough council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and others, allowing the landmark building to once more thrive as a community arts venue.
John Ette, Heritage at Risk principal for the East of England, said: “We see the Heritage at Risk Register as a way of throwing a spotlight on the state of the nation’s precious and protected buildings and monuments so we can advise and, if possible, put more effort into helping the owners resolve the building’s condition.
“There was always a concern in the early days that the register could be seen as a criticism about the way a building is managed, but it is not an issue of chastising people. It is about helping them to understand what they have got, and that these buildings are a shared heritage resource that we want to pass on to our children in the best possible way.”
The organisation also pointed to good progress at the former atomic bomb store at Thetford Heath, Barnham, where parts of the site have been selected for pilot schemes to conserve unstable and corrosive elements such as steel frames.