Concerns over at risk buildings in East Lancashire
7:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
ACCRINGTON Conservative Club and Crawshawbooth’s St John’s Church have been included in a list of the country’s most threatened buildings They have been included on the Victorian Society’s 2103 register of the ten most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales.
It was drawn up from nominations following a nationwide appeal to find the country’s best and most threatened buildings.
The buildings have to be at risk from demolition, insensitive redevelopment or, as with Accrington Conservative Club, neglect and vandalism.
The colossal Grade II-listed building in Cannon Street sates from 1891 and was designed by architects William James Morley & George Herbert Woodhouse.
The Society says it ‘makes a grand statement of permanence, prosperity and patriotism in Accrington.’ Once one of the largest Conservative Clubs in the country with a ballroom which could comfortably hold a thousand people, it has most recently been used as a nightclub and has suffered from arson.
Its gates are now chained shut.
Right in the heart of the town, the most recent proposal is to retain only the façade, with new-build flats behind.
Chris Costelloe, director of the Victorian Society, said: “We urge Hyndburn Borough Council to find an appropriate solution now which preserves this magnificent building, an important part of the townscape and social history of Accrington.”
St John’s Church in Crawshawbooth is a Grade II listed church suffering dreadful water damage after the theft of its lead flashings.
Mr Costelloe said: “St John’s is an important set-piece church by the great Lancashire firm of Paley, Austin and Paley.
“Featuring internal red sandstone and a complete set of high quality fittings, the congregation has been dwindling for years, and the final straw proved to be the theft of lead flashings.
“Resulting water damage has been catastrophic. Mould and mildew cover its fine pews, screen and pulpit.
“The church has been closed since 2012 and the Church Commissioners are looking for a new occupant. Given the hefty cost of repairs and the quality of the fittings, this will be a real challenge but St John’s is far too good a church to be lost.”
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