Report reveals heritage at risk

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Report reveals heritage at risk

The former AB Cooke warehouse in Little London has been included in a report on Isle of Wight heritage at risk. Picture by Robin Crossley.

UNDER threat heritage has been identified in a new report which lists buildings, structures, parks and gardens considered to be 'at risk’ or 'vulnerable’ in the Medina Valley.

The document has been published by Isle of Wight Council planners and will be followed by similar reports for Ryde and The Bay Area.

The document mirrors English Heritage’s national 'Heritage at Risk’ register, but unlike English Heritage’s document it identifies grade II listed buildings and locally listed assets.

It is hoped that publishing such a document will raise awareness and help secure their future.

The report can be accessed on by clicking the Medina HAAR tab on the 'Conservation and Design’ section.

•Among the 441 listed assets, 20 have been identified as 'at risk or 'vulnerable’ and include:

•The cement chamber kiln at Stag Lane.

•The Granary at Werrar Farm, Northwood.

•Frank James Memorial Hospital, East Cowes

•Former stable range at Northwood House.

•St Cross Mill, St Cross Lane, Newport.

•Medina View, Trinity Road, East Cowes.

•The former AB Cooke warehouse at Little London, Newport.

View the report below:

Isle of Wight Council Heritage at Risk in the Medina Valley.


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by Patrick Hall

6th February 2014, at 08:56:43

The report makes depressing reading for anyone who cares about the preservation of our past.
With regard to East Cowes, in the 1840s the area between the town and Osborne was laid out as a development of gentlemens' houses with a botanical garden at its centre. Even the proximity of Victoria and Albert's Osborne House could not hold back the needs of industry and row upon row of artisans' and labourers' houses were built, the original scheme being largely forgotten. Then Saunders Roe built a (rather nice) estate for its workers in the centre of the intended park, complimenting the 20th century council housing to the south of Victoria Grove. In the 1960s Red Funnel acquired large areas of the actual town for a vehicle marshalling area, swallowing up the original High Street and most of Castle Street. Result: the 'depressing little town' described below by Kevin. Then EC Castle was demolished and it grounds covered with bungalows. However, recent efforts at rejuvenation may bear fruit,

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by Ed Checkley

6th February 2014, at 04:00:28

As restoration is so expensive, and the returns often very low, its very hard to move forward. But with the current state of the economy we need island tourism, and heritage tourism can be a key part of this income scheme. Our new council member Roger Whitby-Smith is doing a fantastic job and he is on the council cabinet. At last the heritage voice can be heard. The Cowes Hammerhead Crane Trust has been slogging away for 8 years now and is getting close to at least seeing some repairs done on the crane this spring. The Trust is also about to produce a business plan to show how there can be economic benefits. From what we have learnt: to those interested in the other heritage assets. Form groups or trusts, spend a little money, raise awareness, be professional, see the bigger picture benefits of the site, don't stop!

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by alan naylor

6th February 2014, at 00:16:32

What is the tin hut doing there????????????????????

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by Colin Russell

5th February 2014, at 22:53:31

Your right there Kevin, maybe when the sun shines towns and people lift a bit , but it wants forward thinking people at the top to get things to kick off, i will not hold my breath,

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by kevin froment

5th February 2014, at 22:26:21

east cowes is no more a depressing little town than any other on the isle of wight, i would like anyone to tell me whats so special about their town that stops them from being depressing, most have no shops worth having, most have no amenities for young people, nor older ones come to that, so what makes where you live so exciting neil, we will all have to copy it

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by Keven Ball

5th February 2014, at 20:30:34

The hospital is beautiful as are all buildings under this flag. The money just isn't there sadly. As said, what will become of them I wonder?

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by Colin Russell

5th February 2014, at 17:12:01

Don,t worry lee, the whole island will be a Heritage Centre the way the planners keep turning down projects down, we will be an island of dropped kerbs and lean to,s

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by James McAdder

5th February 2014, at 17:05:19

No Lee,

At risk of crumbling into rubble because the current owners cannot, or will not, restore them to the local planning authority's requirements.

Often it is purely as case of cost. The cost of restoring a dilapidated building like the A B Cooke warehouse to listed building regulations can be huge when compared to merely restoring it using modern materials.

The result? It crumbles to dust, after being an eyesore for many years.

Sometimes the Heritage nuts are their own worst enemies. They'd rather see a beautiful building crumble to dust rather than see a bit of PVC glazing on it!!!

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by Keven Ball

5th February 2014, at 16:31:02

This isn't good at all, what will become of it all I wonder?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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