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Heritage at Risk in the North East

Find out more about Heritage at Risk in the North East, including our latest top 10 priority sites and recent grants. Follow the links for more about:

Securing the future of Dunston Staiths

Historic England in the North East has given a grant of £37,199 to Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust for repairs to this important monument to Tyne & Wear's industrial heritage.

The 526-metre long listed staiths, believed to be the largest timber structure in Europe, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Built by the North Eastern Railway Company and opened in 1893 it was part of the Dunston Extension line, facilitating the export of coal. At peak working, in the 1920s, the staiths shipped an average of 140,000 tons of coal per week.

Rescuing Dunston Staiths for us all

The site has been on the Heritage At Risk register since 2004, following a fire which destroyed 8% of the structure. Two years ago Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund funded repairs to the first half of the structure, enabling it to be opened up to the public. An events programme last year included four food markets, lighting events and the Late Shows which have attracted thousands of visitors.

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What will the grant pay for?

This latest grant from Historic England will enable the next phase of the project to begin. A design team will carry out a condition survey on the second half of the structure and produce a costed schedule of works that will be used to raise further funding to hopefully secure its future. The team involves a specialist firm who will investigate the structure from the river and via abseiling.

Follow us on Twitter @HE_NorthEast for updates on this and other special places that Historic England is bringing back into use.

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Find out which local heritage sites are in our top ten

Historic England has a list of priority sites in the North East and Tees Valley, where we will focus our resources to secure their future. We review this list every six months.

As of March 2017, our priority sites for the North East and Tees Valley are (in alphabetical order):

For more information, please contact Kate Wilson: 0191 269 12211

Interior of Church of our Lady Seaton Delaval, Northumberland
Church of our Lady Seaton Delaval, Northumberland © Historic England DP169763
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