A large three-storey stone house with multiple chimneys and a timbered end section.
© Historic England Archive. DP325469.
© Historic England Archive. DP325469.

Heritage at Risk in the Midlands Revealed

Today, Historic England publishes its annual Heritage at Risk Register for 2022. 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.

Highlights from sites saved in 2022

Over the past year, 41 historic buildings and sites have been added to the Register in the Midlands because of their deteriorating condition and 49 sites have been saved and their futures secured. Many have been rescued thanks to heritage partners and dedicated teams of volunteers, community groups, charities, owners and councils, working together with Historic England.

Saved: Elmley Castle Village Cross Wychavon, Worcestershire

A medieval standing cross that marked the way for pilgrims and travellers, is now a testament to  community action.

In recent years the Elmley Castle cross had started to lean, putting it at risk of collapse, which would have damaged the shaft and cross head.

The local community worked with Historic England to monitor this and following a grant from Historic England, repairs were undertaken that has secured its future for many travellers to come.

Saved: Coventry Charterhouse, London Road, Coventry

A Grade I former monastery given to the people of Coventry, now ready to serve the local community again.

The Charterhouse site was added to the HAR Register in 2013 as it was not being fully utilised, the roof was in poor condition and the exceptional wall paintings were under threat.

It has recently had a major refurbishment  to repair and re-purpose the building and surrounding site as a heritage attraction

Saved: Kibworth Harcourt Mill, Kibworth, Harborough, Leicestershire

Kibworth Harcourt Mill is the only surviving post mill in Leicestershire.

Owned by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), it has recently carried out a comprehensive programme of repairs, all the while being careful to conserve even the smallest historic details, for example the graffiti left inside from millers who have worked there in the past. 

Today it stands repaired to its former self, fully operational once more.

Highlights from sites added to the register

In the Midlands, 41 sites 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.

At Risk: Papplewick Pumping Station, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire

This scheduled monument and registered park and garden is home to several buildings.

Built between 1882-1886 in the Gothic Revival style, Papplewick Pumping Station provided clean water to Nottingham until it was decommissioned in 1969.

Papplewick Pumping Station has been added to the Heritage at Risk register as areas have suffered age-related deterioration, including the Grade II* Boiler House’s chimney.

At Risk: Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, B3

Grade II* Victorian Building with significant cultural history at risk from leaking roof.

The Birmingham & Midland Institute, built in 1899, has been at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural life for almost 170 years.

However, it has fallen into disrepair in recent years with the roofs now leaking copiously onto the plasterwork below causing damage.

At Risk - Middleton Hall North Warwickshire

A Grade II* Country House and estate, once abandoned to ruin, undergoing a transformation thanks to dedicated volunteers.

The Middleton Hall site has been occupied for almost 1000 years and incorporates buildings that date back to the 12th Century.

However, the Hall is a work in progress and in recent years Historic England has awarded £237,000 in grant funding to help with repairs to the Great Hall roof.

Heritage at Risk 2022 in brief

The Heritage at Risk Register 2022 reveals that in the Midlands:

  • 248 Buildings or Structures (Grade I and II* listed buildings and structural scheduled monuments)
  • 266 places of worship
  • 205 Archaeology entries (non-structural scheduled monuments)
  • 15 parks and gardens
  • 128 conservation areas

…are at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change.

In total, there are 849 entries across the Midlands on the 2022 Heritage at Risk Register.