Historic England Reveals State Of Heritage In Yorkshire

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Historic England has published its annual Heritage at Risk Register for 2021. The Register is the yearly health-check of England’s most valued historic places and those most at risk of being lost forever as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development.

Over the last year, 17 historic buildings sites in Yorkshire have been removed from the Register. Many have been saved thanks to the hard work and dedication of local communities and owners, who have come together with public funders to rescue places despite the challenges wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic over the past 18 months.

Over the past year Historic England has awarded £1.8 million in grants to historic places in Yorkshire, more than £800,000 of which came from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. 

Four sites in Yorkshire have been added to the Register because of concerns about their condition. They are at risk of being lost forever as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development.

Trevor Mitchell, Regional Director for the North East and Yorkshire at Historic England said: “Our heritage is an anchor for us all in testing times. It provides beautiful places that make us feel good.  This year’s Register shows that looking after our historic places can contribute to the country’s economic and social recovery as well as bring communities together to enjoy their surroundings.

“The 17 sites saved this year in Yorkshire show what’s possible with strong partnerships investing together to secure public benefits. Agencies such as Natural England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England recognise the importance that historic places have for their local communities. Whether it’s an overgrown pleasure ground, an abandoned anti-aircraft site, or the forgotten cradle of Leeds’ trading power, it’s clear that restoring our heritage improves people’s lives.”

Heritage Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “I’m delighted that so many famous landmarks have been removed from the Heritage at Risk register in 2021. We’ve supported the sector throughout the pandemic with our unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund and it’s great news to see this investment, along with other financial support, having such a positive impact. Heritage helps us understand our past and bringing old buildings and sites back into public use helps us to level up communities, create growth and protect these important assets for future generations.”

Sites Rescued And Removed From The Heritage At Risk Register In 2021 Yorkshire Include:

SAVED: Plumpton Rocks, Harrogate

Considered one of the finest 18th century landscapes in the North of England, it was twice painted by JMW Turner.

SAVED: First White Cloth Hall, Leeds

The hall represents the beginnings of the city’s wealth, through its successful cloth trade.

SAVED: Butt Farm anti-aircraft site, East Riding

First operational in 1941, it was built to defend Hull from the attacks of high-flying bombers in World War II.

SAVED: Howardian Hills Monument Management Scheme

As a result of the scheme, 16 scheduled monuments have been removed from the Register and six have seen their condition improve.

Full list of sites removed in 2021 from the Heritage at Risk Register in Yorkshire

Henry Simpson’s Barn, Appletreewick, Craven, North Yorkshire

Butterton Bridge, Sawley / Warsill, North Yorkshire

Round barrow in the west of Scarrish Wood, Barton-le-Street, North Yorkshire

Alum quarries and works 800m north of Sandsend Bridge, Lythe, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Round barrow 545m NNW of Wool Knoll, Hovingham, North Yorkshire

Two round barrows 600m NNE of the north east corner of North Ings Plantation, Commondale, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Round barrow 170m north of Wool Knoll, Hovingham, North Yorkshire

Alum works at Kettleness, Lythe, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Site S of Maiden’s Grave Farm, Burton Fleming, East Riding of Yorkshire

Cross dyke 600m north west of Easthorpe Farm, Appleton-le-Street with Easthorpe, North Yorkshire

Wesleyan Chapel and Hall, The Green, Slingsby, North Yorkshire

Round barrow 350m south west of Moor House Farm, Hovingham, North Yorkshire

Section of the Cleave Dyke system 200m south east of Yorkshire Gliding Club, Kilburn High and Low, Hambleton, North Yorkshire

Plumpton Rocks, Plompton, North Yorkshire

Heavy Anti-aircraft gunsite, 350m west of Butt Farm, Walkington, East Riding of Yorkshire

Cockan Cross wayside cross 600m west of Fox Hole Crag, Bransdale, Ryedale, North Yorkshire

First Leeds White Cloth Hall, 98-101 (consecutive), Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Full list of sites added in 2021 to the Heritage at Risk Register in Yorkshire

Low Whita (Bells) Farm (West), Grinton, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire

Low Whita (Bells) Farm (East), Grinton, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire

Round barrow 300m south west of Cot Nab Farm, Bishop Wilton, East Riding of Yorkshire

15 and 16, St Hilda’s Terrace, Whitby, North Yorkshire

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