Leeds nostalgia: English Heritage ‘at risk’ register mixed bag for Leeds

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This year’s Heritage At Risk register has been published by Engligh Heritage and there are several interesting additions and revisions pertaining to buildings in and around Leeds.

Several listed buildings in Leeds have been placed on the ‘at risk’ register. They include the Grade II Sikh Temple (former Potternewton Park Mansion), which is said to be suffering “slow decay”.

The report reads: “Originally known as Harehills Grove, this classical mansion was constructed in the early 19th Century for a local wool

merchant. It was sold to the Leeds Corporation at the turn of the century and remained in educational use until 2006 when it was purchased for use as a Sikh Gurdwara. It is currently in poor condition due to extensive high level water ingress. Heritage Lottery Fund project development funding has been offered under the Grants for Places of Worship scheme.”

Another is the Church of St Mary, Town Street, Leeds, again suffering “slow decay”. It was constructed in the 1800s on land conveyed by the local mine owner and local miners reputedly contributed a week’s earnings or a week’s unpaid labour to help with its construction. It survives much as originally built with the exception of the spire, which was taken down in 1939 due to subsidence. The report says the west gable wall is in poor structural condition, masonry and roofs are also in poor condition.” Funding for this has yet to be secured.

Also on the list is the Church of St John the Evangelist, New Street, Pudsey, a Gothic Revival style church dating to 1842. The report points out: “Windows and rainwater goods are in poor condition. Heritage Lottery Fund project development funding has been offered under the Grants for Places of Worship scheme.”

But there’s some good news too. The Church of St Stephen, Morris Lane, Kirkstall, has been removed the register, because heritage lottery funding has been agreed.

St Peter’s Church, Birstall, which houses a rare Frampton mural, one of only a few to survive the bombing during the Second World war, has also received funding for work to its roof.

To see full register: http://bit.ly/HARYORKSHIRE

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