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The historic buildings that are being left to fall into disrepair... WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE STRUCTURES ON THE HISTORIC ENGLAND HERITAGE 'AT RISK' LIST.

Byline: Dave Himelfield

Arare surviving medieval barn and the original Huddersfield Infirmary are among the historic Huddersfield buildings at risk of falling further into disrepair.

There are eight buildings and structures - plus 11 places of worship - in Kirklees on the latest Historic England Heritage at Risk register.

And there are 12 buildings and structures - plus six places of worship - in Calderdale on the register of buildings and other heritage assets at risk of further decay or inappropriate development.

Historic England, a non-departmental government body, is responsible for protecting the country's historic buildings and managing the register of listed buildings. These buildings are on the latest Historic England Heritage at Risk register, which was published last year. Additional work may have been done to some of the buildings since its publication.

Grade I There were approximately 380,000 listed buildings in England in 2016. For a building to be Grade I-listed it must be of 'exceptional interest.'.

Just 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I.

Medieval barn, Kirklees Estate This medieval aisled barn is part of the Kirklees Estate where the Kirklees Priory once stood. The priory is connected to the legend of Robin Hood. The barn was one of the farm buildings which belonged to the priory. Today all but the gatehouse of the priory have been demolished. The gatehouse was also on the list but it has since been renovated and turned into a house by the estate's owner. According to Historic England the barn has a 15th century timber frame. The register says: "The north east corner of stables and the north threshing porch appear to be unstable. The roof of the stables is in poor condition." But it adds: "Some maintenance has been carried out."

Malthouse, Kirklees Estate A short distance from the barn is this rare surviving malt house from the late 17th century. It is where cereal grain would have been converted into malt by soaking it in water. Malt is used for brewing beer and making certain foods. The register says the building is 'in a stable condition'.

Grade II* Buildings must be 'particularly important' and 'of more than special interest' to be Grade II*-listed. 5.8% of listed buildings are Grade II*. By comparison, more than 90% off all listed buildings are Grade II.

Here are some of the Grade II* listed buildings at risk in Huddersfield.

Former Huddersfield Infirmary The original Huddersfield Infirmary, opened in 1831, was last used as part of Kirklees College. The former hospital building, which has an entrance modelled on a Greek temple, has been hit by vandals and arsonists since the college left in 2013. The register says: "The roof is leaking significantly causing damage to the roof structure, walls and interior. The building has been subject to heritage crime."

New House Hall, Sheepridge This 16th century house, built by Thomas Brooke, was bought derelict by the Von Mickwitz family in the 1970s. The family had been renovating it ever since but the oldest part of the hall was heavily damaged by fire in 2017. The owners have since resumed repairs with advice from Historic England. The property is currently covered with scaffolding to protect it from the elements, Historic England says.

Westwood Mills, Linthwaite Several buildings and structures at this 19th century mill complex have grade II* listed status. They include a boiler house, water tower, mill dam, offices and workshops; all of which are in 'poor' to 'very bad' condition.

St Thomas' Church, Longroyd Bridge This church, on Manchester Road, was built by Sir George Gilbert Scott between 1857 to 1859. Some repairs have taken place but the register notes the roofs and tower masonry are in 'poor condition'. It notes: "A further phase of repair is needed to return the tower to good condition."

St John's Church, Birkby Repair work on this Victorian church, built by William Butterfield, has taken place but some further work is required, Historic England says.

Holy Trinity Church, Highfields This Gothic style church was built between 1816 and 1819 by Leeds architect Thomas Taylor to serve the growing middle-class populations of Greenhead Park and Edgerton. Some repairs have taken place but the register notes: "Roof defects are causing localised deterioration of internal finishes and decorations... A further phase of work is required to repair the remaining roofs."

St Mary's Church, Mirfield This large Victorian church was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Repairs to high-level tower masonry and the tower roof covering were carried out in 2015. Historic England says quite a lot of work has been carried out on the church but some work is still needed.

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