Nominations are open for the Top Ten Victorian and Edwardian buildings most at risk across England and Wales - whether from demolition, neglect or inappropriate redevelopment.
Individuals, organisations and campaign groups are invited to name the buildings and structures that are most at risk in their local area. Appearing in the Victorian Society’s Top Ten list helps to draw attention to a building's plight and can help save it.
'All over the country there are wonderful examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture but sadly even the finest architecture is no match for sustained neglect or poor planning. We want to ensure that the best examples are still there for future generations to enjoy’, said Chris Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society.
‘To do this we need to know what is most at risk, so if you know of a vulnerable school building, or an empty pub, a redundant chapel or a crumbling but magnificent feat of engineering, we want to hear about it.’
Email (email@example.com), tweet (@thevicsoc) or write to The Victorian Society (at 1 Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT) with brief details of the building(s) at risk. Buildings must have been built between 1837 and 1914 and do not have to be ‘listed.’
Nominations close on Friday 4 July 2014. All the buildings nominated will be considered by the Society's experts on architecture and conservation. The Top Ten list will then be announced in October 2014.
There has been good news for some of 2013's Top Ten: the Palace Theatre in Swansea which has just been allocated £75,000 by Swansea Council for emergency repairs and, in Colchester, the owner of Jumbo Water Tower has put it up for sale and local campaigners are hoping to buy it. Meanwhile, Kirklees councillors recently rejected Yorkshire Water's plans to concrete over part of Butterley Spillway's magnificent stepped cascades which was featured in our list of most endangered buildings in 2012.
The Victorian Society is the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment. It fights to preserve important Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes so that they can be enjoyed by this and future generations.
It provides expert advice to churches and local planning authorities on how Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes can be adapted to the way we live now, while keeping what is special about them. It also advises members of the public about how they can help shape the future of their local Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes. It provides information to owners of Victorian and Edwardian houses about how they can better look after their precious buildings. It helps people understand, appreciate and enjoy the architectural heritage of the Victorian and Edwardian period through its publications and educational programmes.