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Victorian Society publishes 'endangered buildings list'

Kinmel Hall in Wales. Credit: PA

The Victorian Society has published this year's list of the top 10 most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings - all of which are listed - in a bid to raise awareness of their plight and save them from destruction and decay.

The list has been launched by comedian, actor, writer and presenter Griff Rhys Jones, vice president of the Victorian Society, who urged people in a video message to publicise the list because "they are buildings that need help and we need you to help them".

Ladywell Baths in Lewisham, London Credit: PA

The buildings include neglected Kinmel Hall, Wales, a palatial house which has been dubbed "the Welsh Versailles" or "discount Downton" and Overstone Hall, East Midlands, with the earliest known cavity wall insulation, which is now half burnt out after fire.

Overstone Hall in the East Midlands. Credit: PA

Also in the top 10 are Brighton's Madeira Terrace, a seafront walk said to be the longest continuous iron structure in the world, but now closed to the public and set to be replaced, and the derelict Gothic Ladywell Baths in London.

Madeira Terrace in Brighton. Credit: PA

The Sheerness Boat Store, Kent, which is the world's earliest surviving example of a kind of iron framed structure that is almost universally used in modern steel framed buildings, has made it onto the list, which is nominated by members of the public.

Sheerness Boat store in Kent. Credit: PA

So to has Birnbeck Pier, Weston Super Mare, Britain's only pier leading to an island, which is close to collapse.

Birnbeck Pier in Weston Super Mare. Credit: PA

They are joined by scaffold-shrouded Central Plaza Hotel, Carlisle, the long-disused Hunslet and Victoria Mills, Leeds, the closed St Luke's Church in Wolverhampton which has an exceptionally well preserved Victorian interior and the deteriorating Tolly Cobbold Brewery, Ipswich.

St Luke's Church in Wolverhampton. Credit: PA

Director of the Victorian Society Christopher Costelloe said:

All the buildings in this year's top 10 are listed buildings, meaning that the Government has recognised their national importance.

These buildings illustrate Britain's history in tangible form. The Grade I listed boat store at Sheerness has worldwide importance.

All of them deserve better than their current situations.

I urge the public to share the top 10 list, and Griff's message, to help raise awareness to find the investment they desperately need.

– Christopher Costelloe, Victorian Society