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Heritage at Risk Register 2014 launched!

6% (887 sites) of England's listed places of worship are at risk from neglect or decay, according to the Heritage at Risk Register 2014 published by English Heritage on 23rd October 2014.

The Heritage at Risk Programme provides a picture of the health of England's built heritage and every year publishes a list of those sites most at risk of being lost through neglect, decay or inappropriate development. According to English Heritage, the 2014 Register is the most comprehensive to date, with listed buildings, places of worship, industrial sites, scheduled monuments and archaeology, conservation areas, parks and gardens, protected wrecks and battlefields identified as at risk, and in need of rescue.

This year, 4.0% of Grade I and II* listed buildings (excluding places of worship) are on the Register, with the proportion varying from 2.2% in the South East to 7.1% in the East Midlands. Interestingly, only 15% of building or structure entries on the Register this year are thought to be economically viable to repair, which English Heritage argues indicates the scale of the public subsidy required.

Those being added to the Register in 2014 include, Geevor Tin Mine in the West of Cornwall, Eastbourne Pier in Sussex, Bedlam Furnaces, and the shipwreck Hazardous (an 18th century warship). Those taken off the 2014 Register include, Langham Airfield Dome in Norfolk; Newman Brothers Coffin Works in Birmingham; the wreck of Holland No 5 (1902 British Submarine).

For the first time, a comprehensive review has also been conducted of all listed places of worship in England, revealing that just 6% of places of worship are at risk. Of those At Risk, congregations will face a combination of failing roofs, broken gutters and downpipes and damage to high level stonework. While English Heritage has noted that 40% of the churches on the Register are already making efforts to deal with the issues, it stresses much more needs to be done. It is therefore working with the Church of England and other denominations, the Heritage Lottery Fund, trusts and charities to best direct resources.

English Heritage has also acknowledged that despite having the most complete view of At Risk heritage to date, the state of the majority of listed heritage (Grade II listed buildings) is still unknown. Currently with the exception of London, only Grade I and II* buildings are included on the register. English Heritage is therefore sharing its expertise with volunteers, owners and local authorities to tackle this and is asking people up and down the country to survey Grade II buildings. To watch a video and find out more about the project, see the English Heritage website.

Details on the top heritage sites to be added and removed from the register are available here. Details of the sites English Heritage has highlighted as ready for regeneration are available here.