The Victorian Society has now named the top ten buildings at risk in the UK and for the first time the annual list does not include any buildings from London or the South East of England. Buildings from the north appear to suffering more from neglect with a possible reason being the big divide in the UK economy and the lack of available funds for investment as you travel north.
The list includes various types of buildings and is dominated by the larger more demanding structures which need big money spending on them and those which are renowned for their difficulty in finding sustainable new use.
Included on the list:
Old Bude Railway Station Cardiff a Grade II listed building is thought to have been designed by Brunel.
St Joseph’s Seminary, Upholland, Lancashire a Grade II listed complex of Gothic sandstone buildings.
St Pauls Church, Chester, Cheshire a Grade II with a “stunning interior”
Victoria Mill, Grimsby, Lancashire a Grade II former flour mill, warehouse and office complex.
Rylands Mill Wigan, Greater Manchester a Grade II former cotton mill, with boiler, engine house, chimney and weaving sheds.
Old Library, Staffordshire a Grade II library building which was partially funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Clayton Hospital, Wakefield, West Yorkshire an unlisted building which is includes high quality carved stone in the Tudor revival style.
Oliver Buildings, Barnstaple, Devon: The Grade II Shapland and Petter brick factory, showroom and office complex on the riverside in the town, designed by William Clement Oliver.
Mount Street Hospital, Preston, Lancashire: A Grade II high Victorian Gothic building, which was built as an orphanage and was later a convalescent home.
Red Barns, Redcar, North Yorkshire, a Grade II* listed building by arts and crafts architect Philip Webb, former home of Gertrude Bell.
All of the buildings are important in their own right and collectively they paint a very sad picture of the state of many of our fine Victorian Buildings. Public support is needed in all of the cases and the reluctance of developers to sell at a true market value with over inflated prices being demanded often prevents solutions from being found. Unfortunately, despite a raised profile many on the list will continue to be neglected, suffer from further decay and all too often be destroyed by fire.
To find out more about this year’s buildings at risk list and the Victorian Society visit their site here