Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Our At-Risk Treasures Revealed in New List; but Action Can Save Heritage Jewels

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Our At-Risk Treasures Revealed in New List; but Action Can Save Heritage Jewels

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor

MORE than 120 listed buildings and monuments are at risk in the North East, it will be revealed today.

English Heritage is releasing the first phase of a modern Domesday Book of the threatened parts of cities, towns and countr yside.

The new Heritage At Risk project extends the formula of English Heritage's previous Buildings at Risk Register, which began in 1998, to scheduled monuments and archaeology, registered historic landscapes, parks, gardens and battlefields and even protected wreck sites off our coasts.

In past years the North East has been the worst region for Grade I and Grade II-star buildings - the top strata of listings - at risk.

Under the new extended register, 11 sites are added, while seven have been taken off after remedial work.

Among the additions are Bondgate Tower in Alnwick and Windlestone Hall in County Durham, built in 1834 and the birthplace of former Prime Minister Anthony Eden.

It is now the subject of a planning brief by Sedgefield Council for development which respects the Grade II-star building.

Another addition is Bolam Coyne, in Newcastle's newly-listed Byker Wall estate.

A group called Bowl 'Em Up has been set up to rescue the 17 homes of Bolam Coyne which, due to vandalism, was proposed for demolition. This was put on hold after a campaign led by Byker residents.

Off the register come three notable Northumberland historic buildings - Ratcheugh Observatory at Longhoughton, the 14th Century Whittingham Tower, and Rothley Castle, designed in 1755 for Sir Walter Calverley Blackett of Wallington, plus Sallyport Tower in Newcastle, part of the medieval town wall, and which became the meeting place for the Ships' Carpenters' Company in 1716.

The other additions are the medieval chapel at Harbour House Farm, Plawsworth; the Bounds wall at Ushaw College, County Durham; a church at Croxdale Hall; a terrace wall, south of Bow Lane and east of Kingsgate Durham; Castle Wall behind North Bailey, Durham and Framwellgate; the Carrshield lead mine and ore works, West Allen; a wall at Monkwearmouth Museum and Doxford House in Silksworth, Sunderland. …

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