Heritage Action Zone Announced for Appleby
Heritage Action Zones (HAZ) are being established to demonstrate how heritage can contribute to economic growth. The Heritage Action Zone for Appleby focusses on reviving the tourism economy, which is vital for the town's economic success.
A HAZ is a programme of projects that provide a targeted response to the economic, social and environmental needs of a particular area. The Appleby programme will be delivered by a partnership of various groups and organisations, headed by lead partners Eden District Council and Historic England.
Appleby's rich heritage
Appleby in Cumbria has a rich heritage as a market town, dating back to the Middle Ages. Both the Castle and St Lawrence's church were in existence by 1120, with buildings lining the main street, Boroughgate, which links the two.
The town was granted its first royal charter, giving special rights to the residents, in 1176. The annual Appleby Horse Fair, a major cultural gathering which attracts thousands of people every June, was founded in 1685.
The town was badly affected by the flooding in the winter of 2015/16; a number of buildings were inundated and the railway line between Carlisle and Settle was damaged. This led to the town being designated as a 'Conservation Area At Risk' and added to our Heritage at Risk Register in 2016. Several key buildings are individually at risk, particularly the Keep at Appleby Castle and the White Hart Hotel on Boroughgate
How the Heritage Action Zone will help
The Heritage Action Zone focusses on reviving the tourism economy, which is vital for the town's economic success. Its objectives include improving shop fronts and bringing vacant space back into use in the town centre, creating new jobs as a result. Also intended are projects that will make Appleby more attractive to visitors. We're planning other projects that will involve the local community in helping to manage and celebrate the heritage of their conservation area. Importantly a flood resilience plan will be developed with key partners.