List shows county buildings at risk

Stanwick Hall
Stanwick Hall

Some of the county’s most historic buildings are at risk of losing their heritage, a report has warned.

English Heritage has published its annual Heritage at Risk register today, with 38 buildings and places concerning the watchdog.

There are no new entries this year from north Northamptonshire, however, the report has listed Desborough town centre conservation area as at risk and “deteriorating.”

Both Kettering and Rothwell conservation areas are no longer on the list after appearing on the register last year.

At the time the report had said that Kettering town centre was in “very bad” condition, with the number of vacant shops and signage given as two of the reasons why the town has lost its character.

However, English Heritage no longer deems them at risk.

Stanwick Hall has remained on the list but the report suggested that repairs were “well under way” with work expected to be finished this year.

But the report added that “some structural failings and a maintenance backlog put the building at risk.”

A number of other buildings in the north Northamptonshire area have remained on the list from last year.

English Heritage has for the first year examined how the Grade II listed buildings in the country can be assessed.

The report reveals that 132 of the East Midlands’ Grade I and II buildings, 111 scheduled monuments, 31 places of worship, six registered parks and gardens and 56 conservation areas are at risk.

Anthony Streeten, planning and conservation director for the East Midlands, said: “We launched the first ever Buildings at Risk Register in 1998.

“We have expanded it over the years to include archaeology, monuments, gardens, conservation areas, places of worship, wrecks and battlefields.

“Now, with the economic climate putting more pressure than ever on Grade II buildings, it’s time to plug the one remaining gap.”