A Hawksmoor church referenced in TS Eliot’s poem The Wasteland is at risk of being lost due to decline, Historic England has warned
The Church of St Mary Woolnoth in the City of London was added to Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.
Reopened in 1727 after the Great Fire of London and its subsequent Hawksmoor overhaul, the church is now suffering from cracks caused by settlement and needs roof repairs to remain watertight.
It is one of 63 structures added to the Heritage at Risk Register for 2016 because they are seen to be under threat due to neglect, decay or development.
However, 71 were removed from the list – which now stands at 5,341 structures – after their futures were secured.
Church of St Mary Woolnoth in London copyright hornbeam arts via flickr
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Even so the ’conservation deficit’ – the difference between the cost of repair and the end value of the buildings – has grown to £613 million, according to Historic England.
‘Across the country, thousands of historic sites are at risk of being lost,’ said Historic England chief executive Duncan Wilson. ‘Many lie decaying and neglected and the gap between the cost of repair and their end value is growing.
‘Historic England will continue to provide grants and dedicate time and expertise to working with owners, developers and communities to rescue precious buildings and places so people can continue to enjoy them and the stories they tell about our past.’
Other buildings added to the register included the Grade I-listed Holy Trinity Church in Hull, a shipwreck off the coast of Suffolk, and Brighton Old Town Conservation Area.
The 1965 Aviary at ZSL London Zoo, designed by Lord Snowdon, Cedric Price and Frank Newby, has also been named on the list, although the zoo has recently secured Heritage Lottery funding to convert it into a new ’innovative space for animals and visitors’.
London zoo aviary tony higsett flickr
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