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UNDER ATTACK; THE HISTORIC SITES AT RISK OF BEING LOST TO THE NATION.

Byline: EMILY BEAMENT News Reporter newsdesk@birminghammail.co.uk

THE world's oldest gasholder, Brighton's Royal Pavilion gardens and "Little Dorrit's church" have been added to the list of heritage sites at risk, it has been revealed.

A gunpowder works which has been hit by flooding, a medieval timber-framed building hit by a lorry and a church designed by architect Nicholas Hawksmoor are also now considered to be under threat.

But there is better news for other historic sites, including a bombedout church in Liverpool, an atomic bomb store, a prehistoric stone circle threatened by a bracken infestation, and artist JMW Turner's retreat, whose futures have been secured.

The Heritage At Risk Register 2017 from government heritage agency Historic England reveals that 5,290 historic buildings, places of worship, gardens, battlefields, protected wrecks and conservation areas are under threat.

In Birmingham, the old Curzon Street Station is listed.

There are now 512 conservation areas at risk, facing common problems such as unsuitable replacement windows, doors and extensions, poorly maintained streets and neglected green spaces.

Among the sites added to the list this year is Gasholder number 2 at Fulham Gasworks, south-west London, built in 1830 and the oldest in the world, but deteriorating due to vegetation growth.

The Royal Pavilion Gardens in Brighton, designed by John Nash, have been affected by increased popularity with visitors since a restoration in the 1980s and their character is being further eroded by a "disparate" range of fencing, litter bins, signs and lighting.

The Church of St George the Martyr in Southwark, south London, often referred to as Little Dorrit's Church because it features in Charles Dicken's novel, is on the list because of its poor condition.

New Sedgwick Gun Powder Works in Cumbria, the timber-framed 14th century Lady Row in York and the Hawksmoor-designed St Anne's Limehouse Parish Church in Stepney, east London, which is suffering water damage, have also been added to the register.

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Date:Oct 27, 2017
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