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Is our heritage at risk in North Yorkshire?

Is our heritage at risk in North Yorkshire?

11:24am 7th July 2010

Is our heritage at risk in North Yorkshire?

Well, the latest report claims over 400 ancient monuments in the county are at risk of damage and decay, along with nearly 50 listed buildings and over 10% of our historic parks and gardens.

There have been some success in recent years.

Bolton Percy Gatehouse in Selby, amoungst others, has now been removed from the register after repairs.

Two 4,000 year old Bronze Age burial mounds on the North Yorkshire - East Riding boundary at Garrowby Hill have also been safeguarded thanks to a new management agreement with a local farmer. 

Trevor Mitchell, English Heritage Regional Director, said:
"The econonic downturn has added to the challenges of finding long term solutions for the buildings on the register, 60% of which we estimate are capable of commercial or residential re-use.  Of course, this year's register includes many other types of heritage treasures facing uncertain futures.  So we must be careful to prioritise our action, with particular concern for the region's great industrial buildings, together with ancient monuments and the industrial archeology of the Yorkshire Dales. Some truly inspiring work is already being done and to a large extent the size of the Heritage at Risk register reflects the astonishing richness of the region's historic environment. But it's an asset we must work hard to protect or lose for ever."

In Yorkshire and the Humber the study found that:

* Of the 49 Grade I and II* buildings at risk 1 is in Craven; 5 in Hambleton; 10 in Harrogate; 12 in Ryedale; 1 in Scarborough; 5 in the North York Moors; 7 in Richmond; 4 in Selby; and 4 in the Yorkshire Dales.

* Since publication of the 1999 baseline register, 55.7%, of the buildings at risk (98) in Yorkshire and the Humber have been removed from the list as their futures have been secured, compared to the national figure of 50.7% (724).

* 5 conservation areas are at risk: 3 in York; 1 in the Yorkshire Dales; and 1 in Scarborough.

* 409 scheduled monuments are at risk, ranging from Bronze Age burial mounds to medieval castles and industrial sites: 1 is in Craven; 29 in Hambleton; 19 in Harrogate 135 in Ryedale; 13 in Scarborough; 165 in the North York Moors; 15 in Richmond; 22 in Selby; and 10 in the Yorkshire Dales.

* English Heritage is funding a Rural Heritage Officer with the local LEADER partnership in the Yorkshire Wolds to generate solutions for this area's high density of scheduled monuments at risk.

* Grants totaling £94,000 were offered to owners of scheduled monuments at risk in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2009/10 and £492,000 allocated to the repair of Grade I and II* buildings.

* 5 registered parks and gardens are at risk, either because their condition gives cause for concern, or because of possible developments in the surrounding area that could affect their setting. They are Swinton Castle, near Masham; Allerton Park, near Harrogate; Ebberston Hall, Ebberston; Castle Howard, near Malton; and Gilling Castle, near Helmlsey. 

* 4 battlefields in Yorkshire are at high risk (nationally there are 7): Towton, near Selby; Boroughbridge; Adwalton Moor, Bradford, West Yorkshire; and Stamford Bridge, East Yorkshire.

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