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Yorkshire Dales buildings on heritage "at risk" list

[Thursday 20 July 2006]

A NUMBER of historical listed buildings across the Yorkshire Dales are included in this years' Buildings at Risk Register (BAR) published this month by English Heritage.

barden church
Barden Church - one of the Dales buildings on at
risk register
Photo: English Heritage

The heritage watchdog publishes the list annually and this year details 129 Grade l and Grade ll listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments across the Yorkshire region which are at risk of decay. 58 of the historic sites are in North Yorkshire.

Most of the buildings included are in a poor or very bad condition, but a few are also in fair condition. These are usually included as they have become functionally redundant, making their future uncertain.

Despite the region as a whole remaining ahead of its target in finding solutions for threatened historic sites, 9 more appear on the 2006 Register than in 2005.

The Yorkshire Dales are home to two of the new sites included for the first time.

The Coach house and bee hives at Nutwith Cote, near Masham is a Grade II listed building deemed by English Heritage to be in a poor condition with cracks appearing on the 16th and 18th Century stone-work.

Horton-in-Ribblesdale's Lodge Hall is an integral part of a working farm and dates back to 1687. Also listed as Grade II, the building is occupied and classed as being in a poor condition.

English Heritage is encouraging more owners to investigate imaginative ways of re-using historic assets and to seek its advice and support early.

Maddy Jago, English Heritage Regional Director for Planning and Development, said:

"Although we've done well in tackling the problems of our most vulnerable heritage, the pace of progress has slowed.

"We've now reached the most difficult cases, which are either scheduled monuments with no obvious use, or buildings which require a strategic re-think.

"The good news is that together with the Heritage Lottery Fund we are assisting with repairs to 18 sites on the register. But we need to work hard to find solutions elsewhere."

Among the other Yorkshire Dales buildings appearing on Buildings at Risk register are:

  • Barden Church - Part of the Barden Tower complex in Southern Wharfedale, the interior of the Grade I listed building is derelict, although the chapel has been re-roofed. English heritage classes the building's condition as fair.

  • Nappa Hall - A fortified Manor House built in 1459 near Askrigg. Most of the medieval portion has not been occupied for some years and an English Heritage grant has been offered for emergency repairs to the Grade I listed building.

  • Lead cupola, flue and chimney (Grassington) - Listed as being in a poor condition the complex was built in 1792 as part of the burgeoning Dales lead mining industry. The flue system is in urgent need of repair according to English Heritage.

Although we've done well in tackling the problems of our most vulnerable heritage, the pace of progress has

Maddy Jago - English Heritage

Commenting on the 2006 register, Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said:

"This year 94 important buildings across England have been saved, but 68 new ones have just been added and many difficult cases stay on year after year.

"It's English Heritage's modern approach that is stimulating new ideas to save some of the most difficult that languish on the register.

"The best way to save a building is to find a good new use for it - and it is essential that all parties involved in this process show vision and are constructive and inventive."

Further information - and a full list of buildings at risk - can be found at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/bar.

Your views:

  • We walked past Nappa Hall on a Holiday Property Bond walk from Askrigg on 7.11.06, and thought it was amazing. Would love to have been able to visit as a member of the public albeit respecting the owner's privacy and needing to keep viewing to an absolute minimum.

    Mrs Caroline Timmis - Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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