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SLIDESHOW: spotlight on ‘at risk’ heritage monuments in East Staffs and South Derbyshire

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

  • Swarkestone Bridge

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A DETAILED report has shone a light on a raft of buildings and monuments which are described as being ‘at risk’.

English Heritage has published the details of its At Risk Register, an insight into the state of celebrated local treasures and the work that is needed to improve them.

In Burton, the 17th century Sinai Park house in Shobnall Road, a Grade II-listed building was described as being in a ‘very bad’ condition.

Some renovation work has been completed but two-thirds of the building is now in ‘critical condition’ with areas of partial collapse.

Wrought iron on the gates of Hoar Cross Hall, in Maker Lane, Yoxall, was also highlighted, but the register states that further inspections were needed – the condition of the site was described as ‘fair’.

In South Derbyshire, the register highlighted problems at St Wystan’s Church, off Willington Road, Repton.

However, this could be its last year on the register after thousands of pounds were spent repairing a spire and masonry at the site.

Emmanuel Church, in Church Street, Swadlincote, was described as being in a ‘poor’ condition, as was St George and St Mary’s Church, in Church Street, Church Gresley.

Swarkstone Bridge was classed as ‘fair’ but was said to be at risk from the volume of traffic.

The report suggests calming measures and weight restrictions are needed; talks are under way to try to put these in place.

Meanwhile, four bottle kilns at the TG Green Pottery, in John Street, Church Gresley, once home to the world famous blue and white striped Cornishware, were said to be at risk of collapse due to weather decay.

The Coalbrookdale footbridge on the former Egginton Estate, in Egginton, was described as being in ‘very bad’ condition.

The report stated: “The site is structurally unsound; sections of the ironwork is missing and corroded.

“The upstream flood arches have partially collapsed.”

The Heritage at Risk Programme was launched in 2008, as a way of understanding the overall state of England’s historic sites and offering owners advice on improvements.

More information on the At Risk Register is available by heading online to www.english-heritage.org.uk

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