Heritage At Risk register add South Yorkshire buildings

Green Lane works in the Shalesmoor area, photographed by Les Cornthwaite
Green Lane works in the Shalesmoor area, photographed by Les Cornthwaite

Two South Yorkshire buildings have been added to the latest Heritage at Risk Register which is being published today.

The entrance to Green Lane Works, Kelham Island, and Cammelia House, Wentworth Woodhouse, are the latest editions to the English Heritage register.

But at the same time, six structures have been removed - Wentworth Conservatory, Stainborough; Sheffield’s Wicker Arches; St Michael’s and All Angels’ Church, Great Houghton; Monk Bretton Cross; Roman Ridge, Brodsworth; and Medborough Conseration Area, Doncaster.

English Heritage said there are new 823 Grade I and II* listed buildings, monuments, archaeological sites, landscapes and conservation sites at risk across the Yorkshire region.

Other sites remaining on the ‘at risk’ register in South Yorkshire include Oakes Park, at Heeley, and structures within Sheffield General Cemetery, Sharrow.

Tammy Whitaker, English Heritage’s principal adviser for Heritage at Risk in Yorkshire, said: “This year we have seen some of our region’s finest historic buildings be taken off the Heritage at Risk register and saved for future generations to enjoy. This has been the result of the hard work of community groups, local authorities and heritage bodies.

“We are very pleased that the number of sites on the Heritage at Risk register is reducing, but there is still a lot left to do in order to preserve the historic buildings and places of Yorkshire for future generations.”

English Heritage says the gateway to the Green Lane Works in Sheffield, close to the factory made famous in hit film The Full Monty, has been described as ‘the most spectacular surviving factory architecture in Sheffield’.

Classical in style, it features the Greek deities Athena, goddess of arts and crafts, and Hephaestus, god of blacksmiths.

In recent years the condition of the building on the site of Green Lane Works and the nearby Horseman Works in Kelham Island has deteriorated.

“The magnificent arch, leading to the site is in such a sorry state it has been added to the 2013 Heritage at Risk register,” English Heritage said.

But the future looks hopeful, as the site has been bought by developer Citu, which plans a £13m housing development including restoration of the entrance.

Aisling Ramshaw, head of sales and marketing at Citu, said: “English Heritage have recognised the importance of preserving the fantastic gateway entrance to Green Lane Works and including it on their Heritage at Risk register confirms this fact.

“We will be working with them to secure the future of the building so that it becomes an integral part of our new community and can ultimately be removed from the ‘at risk’ register when our work is complete.”

English Heritage added that ‘one of the most exciting buildings’ removed from the Heritage at Risk register is the conservatory at Wentworth Castle near Barnsley.

The English Heritage report said: “This beautiful Victorian glasshouse, built in 1855, faced an uncertain future after 60 cold winters took their toll on the unheated building.

“It was featured on the BBC’s Restoration programme in 2003, and by 2011 the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Trust, with the help of English Heritage, and the Heritage Lottery Fund had raised £3.74m to rescue the conservatory.

“The work was completed in September and the glasshouse is now open to the public.”

Another listed structure removed from the list, Monk Bretton’s Butter Cross, was restored last year after a campaign led by councillors and residents in the village.

Across Yorkshire there are 823 historic buildings and places on the Heritage at Risk register, down from 902 in 2012/13 - including 88 in South Yorkshire.

Overall, 42 have been added to the register and 121 removed.

The 2013 register includes 96 listed buildings, 71 places of worship, 597 scheduled monuments, 55 conservation areas and 14 registered parks and gardens.

History enthusiasts in Sheffield say they are surprised the Wicker Arches have been removed from the Heritage at Risk register.

Although some work has taken place to clean the arches, stonework is still in poor condition, the walls are covered with graffiti and plants are growing out of the structure - which forms a main gateway to Sheffield city centre.

Railway enthusiast Stephen Gay, of Darnall, said: “The Wicker Arches are still in a very sad condition. There is a lot of vegetation growing out of the walls and the stone coats of arms on each side of the bridge could do with cleaning up.

“I would have thought it was still at risk.”

Howard Greaves, of Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society, said: “The Wicker Arches are in a mess - when it ought to be looked after as a main gateway to Sheffield. I’m not sure why it’s been removed from the ‘at risk’ register.

“Things are improving elsewhere, though - the old post office in Fitzalan Square is going to be regenerated, for instance.”