Bouldnor Battery features for the first time in the list of Isle of Wight sites on the English Heritage At Risk register.
SERIOUS concerns about the future of nationally important historic sites on the Isle of Wight have been raised by English Heritage.
The Isle of Wight has 22 sites on the latest 'At Risk’ register, which was released today (Thursday) — two more than last year.
Dr Andy Brown, planning and conservation director for English Heritage in the South East, said: "Per head of population, heritage on the Isle of Wight is more at risk than any other part of the South East.
"This will come as a shock to many people on the Island who care passionately about the wealth of historic buildings and monuments that help make the Isle of Wight so attractive to visitors.
"We have met with the leader of the Isle of Wight Council and have urged him to put the Island’s heritage higher on its agenda.
"The Leader described their emerging heritage strategy which shows welcome commitment. However the Council also has the powers to put pressure on owners of vulnerable listed buildings so they are encouraged to take their responsibilities seriously.
"They are actively considering action over the Hammerhead Crane in Cowes, but we need a wider plan of action to tackle this alarming trend."
A spokesman said: "The downward trend for the Island’s heritage is signalled by two new register entries: Bouldnor Battery which is a Scheduled Monument at risk and the Church of St Pauls in Regent Street, Shanklin, which is at risk due to decaying stonework and slipped roof tiles."
English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund have offered £24,000 to help tackle the need for urgent repairs to 14th Century Grade I listed All Saints Church in Godshill.
The church is suffering from structural cracking to the south-west corner and leaking guttering which is staining one of the interior wall paintings, according to English Heritage.
For more on this story see our Behind the News feature on the Isle of Wight’s crumbling heritage in the Weekender supplement of the Isle of Wight County Press, on Friday, October 11.
Buildings and structures
Norris Castle, Newbarn Road, East Cowes (Grade I Listed); Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes (Grade II* Listed); Hammerhead Crane, Thetis Road, Cowes (Grade II* Listed); remains of Old Quarr Abbey, Binstead (Grade II Listed/Scheduled Monument).
Places of worship
Church of All Saints, Church Hill, Godshill, (Grade I Listed); Church of St Paul’s, including parish room, Regent Street, Shanklin (Grade II Listed); Minster Church of St Thomas, St Thomas’s Square, Newport (Grade I Listed); Church of St Mary, Church Road, Cowes (Grade II* Listed); Holy Trinity Church, Dover Street, Ryde (Grade II Listed); St Boniface (Old Church), Bonchurch, Ventnor (Grade II*); St John’s Church, High Street, Wroxall (Grade II Listed).
Brading — fair condition (deteriorating); Carisbrooke — poor condition (deteriorating); Cowes — poor condition (deteriorating); Godshill — fair condition (deteriorating); Newport — poor condition (deteriorating)
Bouldnor Battery (Scheduled Monument) — at risk of rapid deterioration, in need of management.
Bronze Age barrow and Anglo-Saxon cemetery on Bowcombe Down, 575m south east of Apesdown (Scheduled Monument — arable ploughing); two bowl barrows 180m WNW of Puck House, Fishbourne (Scheduled Monument — arable ploughing); medieval settlement 100m south east and 350m north east of East Ashey Manor Farm, Brading (Scheduled Monument — scrub/tree growth); bowl barrow on Newbarn Down: 1.1km south west of Rowridge (Scheduled Monument — moderate stock erosion).
Registered parks and gardens
Swainston, Calbourne (Registered Park and Garden, Grade II)
To find out if a building is listed, search the National Heritage List for England www.english-heritage.org.uk/list
To search the Heritage at Risk Register 2013, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/risk