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Twenty-one historic sites saved across South East

Picture credits: Wikimedia Commons

Historic England have revealed the number of sites salvaged and added to their Heritage at Risk Register 2019.

The Register, which was released on Thursday, 17th October, provides an annual snapshot of the health of England's most valued historic places.

It also surveys those places most at risk of being lost due to neglect, decay or inappropriate development.

Across the South East region, twenty-one sites have now been deemed as 'saved' and ten have been added due to concerns over their condition.

Some of the salvaged sites come courtesy of innovative uses to improve their condition - whether through providing new homes or cultural venues for the community to enjoy.

Emily Gee, Historic England Regional Director for London and the South East said:

“Our heritage needs to be saved and investing in heritage pays.

"It helps to transform the places where we live and work and in which we visit, creating successful and distinctive places for us and for future generations to enjoy. But there’s more work to do.

“There are buildings still on the Heritage at Risk Register such as the Haslar Guard Houses in Gosport in Hampshire and Bouldnor Battery near Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight that can be rescued and brought back to beneficial use.

"These are the homes, shops, offices and cultural places of the future. 

“Historic England’s experience shows that with the right partners, imaginative thinking and robust business planning, we can be confident in finding creative solutions for these complex sites.”

Over the past year, Historic England have spent £1,509,603 in grants in London and the South East - aiding the survival of some historic sites.

The Register reveals that across the South East, there are 156 Grade I and II* buildings, 142 scheduled monuments, 82 places of worship, 25 registered parks and gardens, 3 protected wreck sites and 65 conservation areas that are at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change.

 In total, there are 473 entries on the Register in the South East, 11 fewer than in 2018.

Sites removed include:

HMS Invincible, off Horse and Dean Sand, The Solent:

A warship captured by the British off of Galicia in Spain in 1747 and then taken into service by the British Royal Navy. It was added to the Register in 2013, due to significant parts of the site becoming exposed.

It was removed from the Register this year, following three years of excavation work, resulting in the recovery of artefacts including swivel guns, barrels and a sand glass.

(HMS Invincible has been removed from the Register thanks to careful monitoring and excavation of artefacts. Picture credits: Historic England)


Sites added include:

Ryde Conservation Area:

A key point of arrival for visitors to the Isle of Wight in the 18th century, it then became a fashionable resort for wealthy Victorians from the 1840s. It boasts Victorian hotels with a pier and promenade and garden spaces.

The town centre and seafront have declined in recent years, with the east beach lost to car parks and a marina. The poor maintenance of town centre shops and the High Street have seen it added to the Register.

(The run-down Ryde High Street has contributed to the area being added to the Register. Picture credits: Historic England)


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