Be first to nominate candidates for the Top Ten Endangered Buildings 2016
We will soon ask the public to name the buildings and structures built between 1837 and 1914 that are most at risk in their local area. The threat could be from demolition, neglect or inappropriate redevelopment. Subscribers to our newsletter can submit nominations before the general public. Simply contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter (@thevicsoc) or Facebook (facebook.com/thevicsoc) with brief details of the building and outlining the threat it faces on or before Wednesday 1 July 2016.
There have been some recent developments for former Top Ten Endangered buildings. Abney Park Cemetery chapel is to have repair work carried out. The Cardiff Coal Exchange is to beconverted into a luxury hotel, although Stephen Doughty MP has raised his concerns in a debate in Westminster Hall. Finally, the Grade I-listed Egyptian Mill in Leeds is to be restored by Burberry.
Demolition of Black Horse Hotel Salford approved
Salford Council has approved plans to demolish the Victorian Black Horse Hotel to build a 22 storey tower within Salford’s Crescent Conservation Area. Read more here or in theManchester Evening News. We spoke to BBC Radio Manchester on the demolition of Black Horse Hotel (01:24:30 in). Sadly it has also been reported that the nearby Ye Olde Nelson isalso facing demolition.
Advice on writing a heritage report
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust has published advice for non-professionals trying to save a building on how to write a conservation report. Read more here.
Brunel Tunnel re-opens as performance space
The Thames Tunnel at Rotherhithe was begun in 1825 by engineer Marc Brunel and was completed with the help of his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843. The tunnel — the first of its kind in the world, runs 75ft below the surface of the river at high tide from Rotherhithe to Wapping — has now opened as a performance space. Read more here.
Bishopsgate Goodsyard hearing is postponed
The Mayor has deferred a planned Representation Hearing following a request from the developer to allow time to amend the application to address the concerns raised in the Stage 3 Report. Read more here.
Volunteer to help digitise Victorian Society archive needed ASAP
We need a volunteer to help us sift and scan about 10 years of church case files at our office in west London. Computer literacy and familiarity with using a scanner are essential, archiving experience is preferable. We are ideally looking for someone who could commit to a few weeks solid work. However, if you would be interested in helping us, but can only work to a different schedule, we’d still like to hear from you. Please emailmailto:email@example.com?subject=Volunteer%20to%20help%20digitise%20Victorian%20Society%20archive%20with your contact details and a short letter setting out your availability and suitability or any questions.
Concern over GG Scott workhouse in Northampton
A compulsory purchase order must be made on the derelict St Edmund’s Hospital in Northampton, the Labour group on the Council has claimed. Read more here
Historic England Angel Awards
It’s easy to apply, or nominate a person or group, for a Historic England Angel Award. Find out how.
Enforcement action to save historic buildings
Urgent Works Notices, Repairs Notices and Section 215 Notices can be very effective tools to help secure the preservation of historic buildings. This updated Historic England guidance helps local authorities make effective use of these powers with step-by-step advice, case studies and a selection of specimen letters, notices, schedules and agreements. Read more here.
Emergency ‘deconstruction’ of Liverpool’s Futurist cinema
Liverpool Council has granted itself five days to carry out remedial works to stablise the structure, and ‘deconstruct’ unsafe areas. Read more here.
Victorian Dun Cow pub in Sunderland wins National Pub Design Awards
The pub won both the Refurbishment and Conservation categories. Read more here.
World’s first cast iron residential building needs urgent repair
The Watson Hotel, said to be the earliest surviving example of cast-iron architecture in India and the world’s first cast iron residential building, is in ugent need of repair. Made in England and constructed on site between 1860 and 1863, it was designed by civil engineer Rowland Mason Ordish. Read more here.
Owner ordered to undo unauthorised changes to listed cottage
A planning officer said: ‘The original architectural features at Ty’n y Ffridd were an important historical record of agricultural life and lifestyle in the nineteenth century. In disposing of these features, along with carrying out unauthorised construction work, one of the special qualities of [Snowdonia] National Park has been unnecessarily and completely damaged.’ Read more here.
Streets surrounding Nottingham station get lottery funding
A £682,000 Heritage Lottery Fund award will help finance the restoration of properties around Nottingham station as part of a Townscape Heritage scheme. Read more here.
Yorkshire villa to be demolished
Kirkless Council has approved Riva Homes’ plans to demolish a handsome 1868 stone built former mill owner’s villa in Mirfield. Read more here.
Londoners want a say on their skyline
A new YouGov poll has revealed that 48% of Londoners think the 430 tall buildings planned for the capital will have a negative impact on the skyline. ‘Heritage champions’ have now called for a clear strategy on tall buildings from next mayor. Read more here.
Preston Market scheme revealed
The plans would see the Victorian covered market glazed. Read more here.
Petition to reopen Victorian Pool in Swindon
Designed by local architect JJ Smith, the 1891 Health Hydro was an enormous complex with two swimming baths, washing and Turkish baths, a dispensary, all sorts of other medical facilities. A petition has now been started to re-open one of the pools which recently closed. Read more here.
Manchester Museum expansion
The University of Manchester is seeking a design team to deliver its £10 million expansion of the Manchester Museum. The 1888 Alfred Waterhouse-designed Neo-Gothic museum displays items of archaeology, anthropology and natural history. Read more here.
Gibson Street Baths Newcastle to be sold online
We welcome the news that Gibson Street Baths, designed in 1906-7 by F. H. Holford, is for sale as redevelopment is preferable to losing the building entirely. However, Newcastle City Council should not simply sell this important bit of the city’s heritage in an online auction to the highest bidder. Instead it should carefully consider any bids and chose one which will best preserve the baths and ensure the maximum public access possible.’ Read more here.
Former London Chest Hospital listed on our application
The former London Chest Hospital, built in 1851-5 to the design of F W Ordish,including the cast-iron verandahs of 1900, the South Wing of 1863-5 and sanitary tower of 1890-2, has been Grade II listed. The hospital has been bought for development by Circle Old Ford housing association. Read the list description here.
Victorian Society regional events
Our regional groups in Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, South Yorkshire, Wales and West Yorkshire host many interesting events to which members and non-members are welcome. Click on the links above to find out more.
Roll Out the Barrel: Beer, Brewing and Buildings Study Day
Saturday 7 May — 10am to 5.30pm
. A study day organised and chaired by Geoff Brandwood in association with Jeff Sechiari of the Brewery History Society. We will examine a wide variety of themes that bring to light the world of Victorian and early twentieth-century brewing and drinking. Find out more here.
John Chessell Buckler in Norfolk
Saturday 21 May — 10.30am to about 6.30pm. A tour of Norfolk led by Joshua Mardell whose PhD concerns a recent rediscovery of the Bucklers’ talents. Find out more here.
Victorian Society AGM Weekend in Manchester
Limited tickets remaining: Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July. Our hosts, the Society’s Manchester Group, have put together a schedule of guided walks on the theme of WWW in Manchester, the three Ws being Walters, Waterhouse and Worthington. There will also be coach tours on the Saturday afternoon and on Sunday. On the Friday evening we shall have a three-course dinner preceded by a talk on Edgar Wood. Find out more here.
St. Martin’s’ Church, Brabyns Brow, Marple
This Arts and Crafts building, designed by John Sedding, and it’s artefacts, many by William Morris and Co., is now open every Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.30, with guides available. Find out more here.
St Michael and All Saints (Tollcross) celebrates 150th anniversary
The 1866 church by R. Rowand Anderson (later responsible for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the McEwan Hall in Edinburgh) – is on the lines of some of Pugin’s plans and modelled somewhat on All Saints Margaret Street. The choir will perform Te Deum in D major – written by Sir Arthur Sullivan in 1866 – at High Mass at 11.00 on Sunday May 1st. The service includes music by Sir John Stainer and Samuel Webbe. Find out more here.
Free symposium marks re-opening of 19th-century art galleries
‘Not suited to present day taste’: pioneering collectors of Victorian decorative arts. A one-day symposium on Thursday 12 May 2016 to celebrate the opening of the refurbished 19th-Century Galleries at the Ashmolean Museum. Speakers will include Charlotte Gere, Judy Rudoe from the British Museum, Claire Longworth from the De Morgan Foundation, Alex Werner from the Museum of London, Max Donnelly from the V&A and Matthew Winterbottom from the Ashmolean Museum. An evening reception in the refurbished galleries follows. Free but booking is essential. Please contact Matthew Winterbottom 01865 278 289 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open days at Pugin’s The Grange and St Edward’s Presbytery, Ramsgate
Friday 20 to Monday 23 May 2016. This will be the first time that St Edward’s Presbytery will be open to the public since the Landmark Trust completed the restoration in 2015. Find out more about The Grange open days here and St Edward’s Presbytery open days here.
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