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Historic buildings at risk in East of England

Wisbech Museum, Cambridgeshire has been added to the Heritage at Risk Register 2018 Credit: Historic England

Historic places and buildings across the East of England are in danger of falling into disrepair, according to the 2018 Heritage at Risk Register.

This year, 48 sites have been added to the report. Places at risk include the Wisbech and Fenland Museum in Cambridgeshire, where the roof is leaking.

It also highlighted three conservation areas in Great Yarmouth which are experiencing issues such as street clutter and under maintained buildings.

In Hertfordshire, Royston Cave's mystical carvings are deteriorating through water penetration and worm activity, and the 15th Century Cutlers Guildhall in Thaxted, Essex needs propping up until repairs are made.

Cutlers Guildhall, Essex has been added to the Heritage at Risk Register 2018 Credit: Historic England

While a number of places are in need of urgent care, 43 historic buildings and sites have been saved this year.

In Norfolk, the medieval Church of St Mary in Denton, has had its guttering and roof repaired, as well as the leaking mill tower at Drinkstone Smock Mill in Suffolk.

And, the latest construction of a residential scheme at Howard House in Norwich has helped aid new repairs.

Drinkstone Smock Mill, Suffolk, has been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register 2018 Credit: Historic England

"Over the past 20 years we have used the Heritage at Risk Register to highlight places in need of care and attention. We have dedicated time, expertise and money to bring cherished places back into use and we are proud to have played our part in saving them from neglect."

– Simon Buteux, Heritage at Risk Principal for Historic England in the East of England
St Mary's Church, Norfolk, has been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register 2018 Credit: Historic England

"Despite the successes, other places continue to fall into disrepair. They have been added to this year's Register and we will focus our attention on them in the years ahead."

– Simon Buteux, Heritage at Risk Principal for Historic England in the East of England