‘Endangered Heritage Register’ sites in Gloucestershire that could be lost


Historic England has published its annual register of historic sites at risk of being lost forever.

In Gloucestershire, 16 sites are threatened with extinction due to lack of attention, degradation or inappropriate development.

In the greater South-West region, 31 new sites have been identified as at risk while 77 have been removed from the “Heritage in Danger” list after progress since last year.

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There are many risky sites in South Gloucestershire, including the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Yate and the outer walls of Thornbury Castle.

In Gloucester, there are a few sites that were on the risk register last year and will remain so this year.

Christ Church on Brunswick Road remains in poor condition. With water damage and falling plaster, the 1823 church with its unique French terracotta style is in dire need of repair, according to Historic England.

The building is set to receive one of the government’s Covid Recovery Fund grants, but work has not yet started.

Christ Church, Brunswick Road, Gloucester

The iconic Tudor Fleece Hotel on Westgate Street is also considered to be at risk. The 1497 building was constructed to house the pilgrims to the tomb of Edward II and was itself built on top of a 12th century basement.

Today, due to decaying timber, the Gloucester City Council site could deteriorate further without additional funding, Historic England fears.

Fleece Hotel’s famous Monk’s Retreat bar, colorized using the Memory Lane tool

Across the county, a few sites have been rescued in the past year.

They include Gunns Mill, a 17th century coal-fired blast furnace in the Forest of Dean. It has been blocked by scaffolding since 2001 and has gone from danger to good progress towards conservation.

In the 17th century, the Forest of Dean was the center of this blast furnace style iron production in Britain. Gunns Mill is now the latest example of this industry in the South.

The site received a grant of £ 80,000 from Historic England in October 2021 to allow for urgent repairs.

Further south, Woodchester Mansion outside Stroud has received money from the government’s Covid Recovery Fund to advance urgent roof and masonry repairs.

The mansion was left unfinished in the mid-19th century, providing a prime example of Victorian building methods.

Today the site is used as a “living classroom” where people can learn heritage building techniques alongside traditional conservation techniques.

Woodchester Manor near Stoud
Woodchester Manor near Stoud

The year of the “roller coaster”

Max Raven, Site Director of the Trust, said: “The past 18 months have been a roller coaster ride, but we can look back with some pride in 2021, after making some urgent repairs and building the resilience of the Trust.

“But there is still a lot to do at the Manor. We hope that our recent progress will mark the start of a big step forward over the next few years, after which this unique building will no longer be in danger.

Over the past year, Historic England has awarded £ 1.49million in grants to historic sites in the South West, in addition to £ 1.24million from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Ross Simmonds, Acting Regional Director of Historic England, said: “Our legacy is an anchor for all of us in these difficult times.

“Despite the challenges we have all faced recently, this year’s Heritage in Danger Register demonstrates that caring for and investing in our historic places can contribute to the country’s economic recovery, bring communities together and help fight change. climate.

“The 77 sites saved this year in the South West, and the many examples of great progress made in 2021, show what is possible with strong partnerships, dedicated people and financial support.

“But there is always more to be done to give our cherished historic places the attention, investment and secure future they deserve.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the historic sites in your area, Historic England has created an interactive map that you can find here.

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