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Heritage at Risk Round Up North Yorkshire

This week we focus on the listed buildings which have come off or been placed on the Heritage at Risk register in North Yorkshire.

What is the Heritage at Risk Register?

The Heritage at Risk register provides an annual snapshot of the condition of England's historic sites. In Yorkshire the number of entries on our register has fallen again, from 694 to 632. This continued progress has largely come through rescuing scheduled monuments but the most recent rescues are Grade I listed buildings.

Barden Church, Barden, Craven, Yorkshire Dales

Grade I listed Barden Church, situated on the Bolton Abbey Estate in the Upper Wharfedale Valley, has come off the register this year. The building, also known as the Old Chapel, is now fully repaired and converted for use as a beautiful function space. The Church was built in 1515-17 as the private chapel of nearby Barden Tower and became unused as a church in 1967. Historic England helped envisage a sustainable use for the building and supported project development to establish the scope and cost of repair. 

Barden Chapel Function Space
Barden Chapel Function Space © David Cropper Photography

Castle Howard Landscape and Stray Walls, Castle Howard

This Grade I historic landscape of Castle Howard and Grade I Stray Walls was rescued and removed from the register this year. The landscape of Castle Howard is one of the grandest Baroque landscapes in England. Historic England has helped fund the repair of many of the monuments which dotted the landscape. With support from Natural England, many of the trees planted in the 1720s have been saved.

The Stray Walls had been neglected since the 18th Century and the wall tops were crumbling. Built in c. 1723 to mark the entrance to Castle Howard and emphasise that it was indeed a castle, the wall is an impressive three quarters of a mile long. Repair grants from Historic England and Natural England mean that the Stray Walls once again form a dramatic feature within the landscape.

Stray Walls Repaired
Stray Walls after Repair © Historic England

Church of St Denys, Walmgate, York - added to the register

St Denys's church is the surviving fragment of a much grander church, once the place of worship of the powerful Percy family, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland who had a mansion nearby. The Grade I listed church retains magnificent medieval stained glass given by the Percy's to enrich the family chapel in the north choir aisle. Sadly, the medieval stained glass is deteriorating, along with problems with decaying stonemasonry and subsidence. Thankfully, as part of Historic England's on-going partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), funding has been secured under their Grants for Places of Worship scheme for project development, the first step on the path to repair and the removal from the at risk register.

Stained Glass Window St Denys
The stained glass window at St Denys
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