SAVE Britain's Heritage to match buyers with abandoned properties in 2012 campaign

By Ruth Hazard | 03 April 2012
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A crumbling building in disrepair
Ivy Cottage in County Durham: When this idyllic house – which dates back to the 17th century – was listed in 1987, the Inspector recorded that it was already empty and derelict. Two decades later, this picturesque sandstone building, in a small rural village, continues to cry out for a new owner and a new life© SAVE Britain's Heritage
Campaigners for SAVE Britain’s heritage have produced the ultimate "lonely hearts" list to match restoration-minded buyers with their dream abandoned properties.

The UK’s savage property recession has meant there is a whole array of buildings that have been left empty and in need of repair, ranging from cottages and farmhouses to townhouses, chapels and mills.

SAVE has identified almost 100 new cases in their report, Dare to Care, which was produced following a major consultation process with local authorities across England.

It also features up-to-date case studies of properties rescued since appearing in earlier SAVE reports and highlights the waste of several historic buildings over the past twelve months.

These include the demolition of a 19th century brewer’s villa in Hungerford, Berkshire, and the imminent destruction of Charles Barry’s elegant Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

SAVE has been campaigning for historic buildings since it was formed by a group of architects, journalists and planners in 1975.

"This is the 23rd of SAVE’s annual reports on buildings at risk, each one illustrating a remarkable selection of endangered properties in varying states of repair, but all candidates for immediate action,” says, Marcus Binney the president of the group.

Could SAVE help you find your dream property? Here are some of the buildings from this year's report which are all in need of a loving buyer:

A picture of an old stone house with an overgrown garden and plants growing up the walls
The Georgian Toll Cottage at Marple, near Stockport: stands in a picturesque position next to a hump bridge at the junction of the Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals. Pathetically boarded up, it cries out for some TLC© SAVE Britain's Heritage
A picture of and old historic mansion with boarded up windows and missing wallls
Overstone Hall, on the outskirts of Northampton: a majestic Italianate mansion in a 40-acre walled park which poses a considerable challenge. It was built in 1866 to the designs of WM Teulon, younger brother of the great Victorian rogue architect. After suffering a fire, it was put up for sale two years ago. Would make magnificent hotel, offices, or could be adapted sensitively for residential use© SAVE Britain's Heritage
A picture of a white bungalow with black draining and broken windows
Milton Damerell House, Devon: this treasure trove of architectural detail and history is currently on the market for £495,000. Dating back to 1500, this handsome Grade II listed house is an amalgamation of four centuries of architecture. Thought to have been a vicarage at one time, and located within beautiful countryside, this building boasts extraordinary surviving features and the promise of a mysterious hidden tunnel© SAVE Britain's Heritage
A picture of a thatched cottage with a sheet over its damaged roof
Shellards in Essex: This historical gem, a charming thatched cottage built in around 1500, is situated at the end of a country lane and would make a delightful home or rural bolthole© SAVE Britain's Heritage
A picture of a red brick detached house with a destroyed wall no windows and damaged roof
Haxey Grange, Lincolnshire: the cover page for Dare to Care, which is published on June 1 2012 and contains 200 pages of full colour images of properties at risk© SAVE Britain's Heritage
  • Dare to Care is available for pre-order now online at or direct from the SAVE office.
    £15 or £13 for Friends of SAVE.
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