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Historic Winter Gardens glass and steel building of architectural interest. Great Yarmouth seaside structure abandoned and derelict.

The Victorian Society has released their annual Top 10 Endangered Buildings List which recognises at-risk Victorian and Edwardian buildings and structures throughout England and Wales

Now in its eleventh year, the list aims to expose the plight of these buildings in the hope that increased awareness and appreciation will help save them.

All of the buildings on this year’s list are Grade II or Grade II* listed, and yet have been neglected for so long that they have now reached a critical point of dereliction: only urgent action can prevent them from being lost forever.

The buildings include a Victorian seaside winter garden, a set of seven London gasholders, a Victorian jam factory and attached village, and a former orphanage that was at the centre of a 2006 terrorist scandal.

Griff Rhys Jones, President of the Victorian Society, said: “What a fascinating list we have this year. It just goes to show the ingenuity of Victorian and Edwardian architects; we have buildings made of brick, glass and steel for all manner of industrial, religious and community uses.

“These are pieces of the history of the Victorian era and its industrial, spiritual and cultural beliefs – incredible. And this makes their current sad and neglected state even harder to swallow. Every single building on this list is crying out for redevelopment and could make something truly wonderful for its community. Join us and help them.”

Christopher Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society, added: “This is certainly one of the most interesting top 10 lists we have had for some time, particularly when you look at the range of buildings in terms of their architecture and original uses.

“We’re very grateful for the continued support from the general public who nominated many of the buildings for the list, and without whom we wouldn’t know what dire straits they are in. Each building tells its own story of neglect, but there’s no denying they all have fantastic potential to be regenerated and reused for the benefit of the community.”

The full 2018 top ten endangered buildings, in no particular order, are:

  • The Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth (Grade II*, 1878-81, John Watson & William Harvey) – pictures are here.
  • Bromley-by-Bow gasholders, London (All Grade II, 1872, Clark & Kirkham) – pictures are here.
  • Merseyside Centre for the Deaf, Liverpool (Grade II, 1887, E.H. Banner) – pictures are here.
  • Hartley’s Village, Aintree, Liverpool (three Grade II-listed buildings, 1886-95, architect unknown) – pictures are here.
  • Former Legat’s School of Ballet, nr Rotherfield, East Sussex (Grade II, 1865, exterior: George Goldie, interior: E.W. Pugin) – pictures are here.
  • Oldway Mansion, Paignton, Devon (Grade II*, 1873, G.S. Bridgman) – pictures are here.
  • John Summers Steelworks, Shotton, Wales (Grade II, 1907, James France) – pictures are here.
  • Langley Maltings, Sandwell, West Midlands (Grade II, 1870, architect unknown) – pictures are here.
  • Brandwood End Cemetery Chapels, Birmingham (Grade II, 1898, J Brewill Holmes) – pictures are here.
  • St Mary’s Convent Church, Leeds (Grade II*, 1852, Joseph Hansom & W Wardell, chancel & transepts added 1866 by E.W. Pugin) – pictures are here.

You can view information about each of the endangered buildings here.


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