Historic Norfolk farmhouses and outbuildings put on at risk register

Historic neglected Norfolk farmhouses and outbuildings will be included in a list of buildings which are at risk of falling into disrepair.

Home Farmhouse in Harpley, near Fakenham, Long Row Farmhouse in Tibenham, near Diss, and a 19th century stable block and coach house in Emneth, near Wisbech, will feature in an annual list put together by conservation charity SAVE Britain's Heritage.

The catalogue, called Dare to Care, is out on June 1 and includes about 100 historic buildings, which are need of repair in England and Wales.

These structures are added to an online database, which has been running since 1989, with the aim of attracting people to take them on and restore them.

Home Farmhouse dates back to the 19th century, is made of brick and flint and has been empty since November.

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Before that it was badly neglected but is believed to be wind and weathertight.

The building is not officially for sale but the local conservation officer may be able to put potential buyers in contact with the owners.

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Major renovation is needed for the 17th century Long Row Farmhouse, which sits within a working farm.

The Grade II listed building has had many years of neglect and if repairs are not carried out soon its condition could deteriorate quickly.

Some temporary repairs were completed two years ago but nothing has happened since, despite the submission of a new schedule of repairs by the owner.

The council has suggested that the owner sells the farmhouse to allow someone else to take the building on as a restoration project.

Two 19th century outbuildings in Emneth, near Wisbech, will also be included in the Dare to Care list.

The stable block is a single-storey buildings in red brick and the coach house is a two-storey structure.

Both could make quirky homes or country retreats, and planning permission is in place for conversion to two four-bedroom homes.

These buildings were advertised for sale at the end of 2010, but are not currently on the market. Enquiries could be made through the conservation officer at the council.

The Dare to Care report can be pre-ordered for �15 or �13 for friends of SAVE Britain's Heritage.

It can also be ordered online at www.savebritainsheritage.org.uk or direct from the charity's office.

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