Guildhall joins ‘At Risk’ list in spite of repairs

Historic England ws concerned about leaks in the roof over the Guildhall's World War Two ops room ANL-150225-114115001
Historic England ws concerned about leaks in the roof over the Guildhall's World War Two ops room ANL-150225-114115001
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More of Suffolk and Norfolk properties have been removed from Historic England’s At Risk Register this year than have been added.

But while Suffolk’s oldest windmill is now considered safe, its oldest civic building, Bury St Edmunds’ Guildhall, has been added to the annual list even though work on the leaking roof has started.

Repair work has taken Drinkstone Post Mill off the Historic England At Risk Register ANL-151020-103735001

Repair work has taken Drinkstone Post Mill off the Historic England At Risk Register ANL-151020-103735001

Suffolk saw 10 properties unlisted and five added, while Norfolk had 22 removed and 20 added. Historic England says the most endangered historic buildings in the East of England are water and wind mills, with 41 per cent of those at risk in the country being located in the region.

However, work at Drinkstone Post Mill, one of the oldest in England, is highlighted for taking it off the register following structural repairs, works to stabilise and rebuild the roundhouse walls and a new conical roof.

Bury’s Grade I listed Guildhall enters the list because its roof, which has a rare 14th century timber frame, is leaking, but work has already started on it with the aid of a £75,000 Historic England grant.

Project director Mike Jackson said finding the Guildhall on the list was ‘a bit surprising’ but it was because Historic England inspected the building during the grant process.

Mr Jackson said: “We’ve put a temporary roof over it and started taking the tiles off. It won’t be finished until February.”

That still leaves the 18th and 19th century rear roof to be repaired, for which a Heritage Lottery Fund grant is sought.

Another Suffolk addition to the list is the remains of a brick banqueting house at a moated site at Denham Hall, affected by erosion.

In Norfolk, the ruins of St Andrew’s Church at Roudham, have also been added because they are in a dangerous condition.