Churches placed on heritage ‘at risk’ register

By Martin Neville

Friday, October 12, 2012

 

Churches placed on heritage ‘at risk’ register

All Saints’ Church, Godshill has been given the highest priority for attention on the at risk register.

FOUR Isle of Wight churches have been placed on English Heritage’s 'at risk’ register, released today (Friday).

St Mary’s Church, Cowes, All Saints’ Church, Godshill, St John’s Church, Wroxall, and Newport Minster have been added to the register, which already includes Northwood House, remains of Old Quarr Abbey and the iconic Cowes Hammerhead Crane.

The condition of St Mary’s is stated as "very bad", the highest category, with the remaining listed as the second highest, 'poor’.

The mainly 14th century Church of All Saints has been given the highest priority for attention — A — which English Heritage defines as of, "Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed."

Also new to the register is Bouldnor Battery, Shalfleet, bringing the total number of entries to 21 sites across the Island.

Every year the national body publishes a list of those sites most at risk of being lost.

The release of the 2012 register coincides with the launch of an ambitious programme to assess more of the nation’s Grade II listed buildings.

Dr Andy Brown, planning director for the South East, said: "Nearly 71,000 Grade II listed buildings is not a large number in relation to all the buildings in the South East but it is too many for English Heritage to survey on its own.

"We need help from local authorities, national parks, heritage and community groups to find the most efficient way of conducting such an exercise.

"We will fund between nine and 15 pilot surveys around the country. For local authorities hard-pressed by cuts or other groups who come forward to work with us, this means money to find out which buildings most need their scarce resources."

English Heritage says one building which would probably feature on a new 'at risk’ register is the 1903-built Frank James Memorial Hospital, East Cowes, which has suffered from years of indecision and neglect.

Newport Minster

Newport Minster has been added to the 'at risk' register.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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