Lord Byron’s ancestral home in Newstead is one of 85 on the ‘at risk’ register released today.
The annual Heritage at Risk Register provides an annual snapshot of the critical health of England’s most valued historic places, and those most at risk of being lost.
Today’s report revealed repairs have been carried out at Newstead Abbey but the threat of falling stone fragments from the adjoining priory church ruin means that this part of the site has not been accessible to the public for several years.
Last year Historic England awarded a grant for project development and repair work, and a sensitive repair programme is being undertaken. As part of the grant we are also funding repairs at the site’s Canon Fort.
The report stated that ‘good progress’ had been made to restore the site.
Cllr Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council said: “Newstead Abbey is proud to be one of the success stories and case studies for this year’s Heritage at Risk announcement. Our overall aim is to remove Newstead Abbey from the Heritage at Risk Register.
“We are incredibly grateful to have received a generous grant fund from Historic England, we are incredibly fortunate. We are pleased to report that work is progressing very well and we are on track to achieve our aims for the site.”
Louise Brennan, regional director Midlands for Historic England, said: “The message is clear – heritage needs to be saved and investing in heritage pays. It helps to transform the places where we live, work and visit, creating successful and distinctive places in the county for us and for future generations to enjoy.
“But there’s more work to do. There are buildings still on the Heritage at Risk Register that are ideal for rescue and capable of being brought back in to meaningful use and generating an income, contributing to the local community and economy. These are the homes, shops, offices and cultural venues of the future.
“Historic England’s experience shows that with the right partners, imaginative thinking and robust business planning, we can be confident in finding creative solutions for often complex sites.”
You can search the latest register here: https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/heritage-at-risk/search-register/