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Heritage at Risk in Yorkshire 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, 10 historic buildings and sites have been added to the Register in Yorkshire because of their deteriorating condition and 11 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.
Keppel’s Column is a famous Grade II*-listed Georgian folly which looms large over the south Yorkshire landscape, dedicated to a long-forgotten Admiral.
Designed by the architect John Carr, the monument was built between 1773 and 1780 for Charles Wentworth, the second Marquis of Rockingham.
It was added to the Heritage At Risk Register in 1998, as the internal staircase was disintegrating.
Now, after many years work and investment, Keppel’s Column has been restored, re-opened and removed from the Heritage at Risk Register.
A collection of Grade II* listed Georgian garden buildings in the grounds of Ripley Castle, north Yorkshire, have been removed from the Heritage At Risk Register after more than 20 years.
Grants of £343,000 and £100,000 administered by Historic England, have helped fund repair work to the Orangery (palm house) Fire Engine House and adjoining pavilions and bothies (potting sheds) set in the grounds of the 15th-century country house and visitor attraction.
In the future, they will be used for education and volunteer activities.
Highlights from sites added to the Register
In Yorkshire 10 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.
The Rockingham Kiln in Swinton, near Rotherham was once part of Rockingham Pottery, which produced flamboyant ornaments and dinner services for royalty and aristocracy.
Rockingham Pottery became famous under the patronage of the Earl Fitzwilliam, whose stately home was located several miles away in Wentworth.
The kiln has been added to the Heritage at Risk Register because its condition is declining due to age and lack of use. Historic England will support Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in a plan bring it back life.
Heritage at Risk 2022 in brief
The Heritage at Risk Register 2022 reveals that in Yorkshire at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change are:
- 104 Buildings or Structures
- 60 places of worship
- 298 Archaeology
- 11 parks and gardens
- 2 battlefields
- 54 conservation areas
In total, there are 529 entries across Yorkshire on the 2022 Heritage at Risk Register.