Region tops heritage ‘at risk’ register

THE region is top the national list for the highest percentage of heritage buildings at risk.

The latest Heritage At Risk Register shows that 69 Grade I and II* buildings, 181 scheduled monuments, 18 places of worship, three registered parks and gardens, one battlefield and 20 conservation areas are in danger in the region.

They include Newminster Abbey at Morpeth, Mitford Castle, Cresswell tower house and the pithead baths in Lynemouth.

The list, produced by English Heritage, shows that 23 entries have been removed from the register since last year, but 27 new ones have been added.

A new team will be appointed for the region, headed by Kate Wilson. She said: “With a dedicated team tackling heritage at risk we are in an excellent position to help owners, developers and local groups take up the challenge of finding solutions for some of the very best buildings and landscapes anywhere in the country.”

English Heritage has also embarked on an ambitious programme to find out how Grade II listed buildings can be assessed.

There are more than 11,000 in the north east, accounting for 90 per cent of all listed buildings in the region, but they are not currently covered by the register.

Funding for up to 15 pilot surveys nationwide is available. For more information about heritage at risk visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/risk