THE DILAPIDATED former Wakefield Crown Court is one of 11 buildings across West Yorkshire which have been added to English Heritage’s ‘at risk’ register this year.
The frontage of the Grade II building on Wood Street in Wakefield’s civic quarter dates back to 1806.
The boarded-up building has fallen in to disrepair since in was closed in 1994 and cases transferred to Leeds and Bradford.
For the first time, English Heritage volunteers in Leeds have surveyed over 400 Grade II listed buildings in Yorkshire and discovered that seven per cent of them are “at risk” and may not survive for future generations.
A total of 23 places of worship in Yorkshire have been added to the at risk register this year, including the former Church of St Andrew at Yeadon and the Church of St Paul at Morley.
Tammy Whitaker, principal adviser for Heritage at Risk in Yorkshire, said: “We’ve had great success with our new programme which has seen volunteers out on the streets of Leeds surveying the Grade II listed buildings.
“These form the majority of all listed buildings but this is the first time we’ve been able to assess what state they are in.”
A Wakefield Council spokeswoman said: “The Old Crown Court Building has been privately owned for some years, with various plans for its re-use, however none of these have been realised.
“The Council has been aware of its gradual worsening condition and had it placed on English Heritage’s at risk register.”
The spokeswoman added: “The Council together with English Heritage are currently involved in on-going discussions with new owners about protecting the building in the short term and for long term repairs to this listed building.”