16 Coventry sites on Historic England's 'Heritage At Risk Register' - The Coventry Observer

13th Aug, 2022

16 Coventry sites on Historic England's 'Heritage At Risk Register'

Ashleigh Osborne 4th Nov, 2021 Updated: 4th Nov, 2021

THE ANNUAL Heritage at Risk Register published today by Historic England has revealed 16 sites in Coventry are facing uncertain futures.

The annual health-check of England’s most valued historic places highlights those most at risk of being lost forever as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development.

This year, the Church of St Mark which needs repairs to its walls and roof has been added to the list, along with the boundary walls to Stoney Stanton Lane and Bird Street.

Other findings reveal Lady Herbert’s Garden and Naul’s Mill – two prominent conservation areas – are in ‘very bad’ condition and are deteriorating.

The Church of St John the Baptist, on Spon Street in the city centre, needs its brickwork repairing.

The Charterhouse is currently having the roof repaired and the structure of the building is in the process of being fixed.

Numbers 36 and 37 and archway – in between Whitefriars Gate – have crumbling brickwork which is due to be repaired and there are then plans to convert the gatehouse so it can be used as holiday accommodation,

Cook Street Gate has been damaged by cars and the stones are eroding, however work is due to commence to fix the site and convert the upper room into visitor accommodation.

Coventry City Walls are currently being improved after the site was awarded a grant from Historic England.

Louise Brennan, Historic England’s Regional Director for the Midlands, said: “Our heritage is an anchor for us all in testing times.

“Despite the challenges we have all faced recently, this year’s Heritage at Risk Register demonstrates that looking after and investing in our historic places can bring communities together, contribute to the country’s economic recovery and help tackle climate change.

She added 22 West Midlands sites saved this year showed what strong partnerships, dedicated individuals and funding support could achieve.

“But there is always more to do to give our cherished heritage the attention, investment and secure future it deserves.”

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