Victorian Society launches its annual appeal to find ten most endangered buildings

By Kiran Chahal | 25 May 2011
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The Unitarian Chapel in Manchester topped the Victorian Society’s list of most endangered buildings in 2010. Photo Mike Peel
The Victorian Society has launched its annual appeal to find the country’s ten most endangered buildings and is urging the public to nominate sites at risk in their local area.

The charity is seeking structures built between 1837 and 1914 which are suffering from neglect or the threat of demolition. Entries do not have to be listed buildings.

Highlighting the problems facing many historic buildings, past nominations by the campaign have included Victorian schools, mills, former workhouses, pubs, stately homes and chapels.

“We want to make sure the best Victorian and Edwardian architecture survives for future generations to enjoy, but to do this we need to know what is most at risk, from demolition, development, or simply neglect,” says Society Director, Dr Ian Dungavell.

“At the moment wide-ranging council cuts mean certain building types are under threat as never before; we’ve been told about some of the libraries, town halls or swimming pools now facing an uncertain future but there will be many more and we would like to hear about them.”

Dr. Dungavell believes that buildings must not be left to rot if restoration funds are unavailable and stresses that failing to act now and invest what needn’t be a large amount in weather-proofing and securing buildings could cause them to be beyond repair by the time the economy recovers.

The nominations will be considered by the Society’s experts on architecture and conservation, and a top ten will be published in the autumn.

To nominate a building visit, email or send your nomination by post to 1 Priory Gardens, London, W4 1TT. The deadline for nominations is July 17 2011.       
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