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Multiple Preston landmarks on the Historic England ‘at risk’ list

Posted on - 17th November, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston buildings & attractions, Preston City Centre, Preston Locations, Preston News, Redevelopment
St Ignatius Cathedral Pic: Tony Worrall
Saint Alphonsa Of The Immaculate Conception Cathedral Pic: Tony Worrall

Multiple landmarks in Preston are on the Historic England ‘at risk’ list.

The register, which identifies sites most at risk of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development, now includes the Saint Alphonsa Of The Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

The building has “rot and movement” according to the report and despite some repairs being carried out, more cash is needed for further restoration.

Saint Alphonsa, which is Grade ll listed, was built between 1833 and 1836.

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The inside boasts decorative stonework, mosaics, marble sculptures and gold angel corbels.

The cathedral has undergone various repairs over the years but issues still remain as Historic England said the Church is focused on raising funds and addressing these issues.

Other Preston landmarks that are on the at risk list are:

Church of St Walburge

St Walburge's Church in Ashton-on-Ribble Pic: Tony Worrall
St Walburge’s Church in Ashton-on-Ribble Pic: Tony Worrall

The Church of St Walburge, situation on Weston Street, was built in 1850 in a French gothic style but has multiple areas that need to be repaired.

The main slate roof is deteriorating with roof leaks and damp is evident inside the building.

A Culture Recovery Fund grant has funded works to reroof part of the nave and rebuild the top of the west gable but extensive repairs are still needed.

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Church of St George the Martyr

St George the Martyr Church Pic: Google

The Church of St George the Martyr is located in the city centre and work on it began in1725.

It was then extended in 1799 and encased in stone in 1843 with the addition of the tower.

However, there are significant issues associated with the 1843 stone encasement of the earlier church, including multiple fracturing of the stone caused by expanding iron cramps.

No solution has yet been agreed.

Fishergate Hill

Fishergate Hill as an area has been added to the at risk list.

Specific issues have not been named but it has been listed as a conservation area.

The notes mention that that condition is “very bad” and is “deteriorating”.

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Harris Institute

The Harris Institute in Avenham Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris Institute in Avenham Pic: Tony Worrall

The Harris Institute, which was built by John Welch between1846-1849, is currently vacant.

There is a risk that dry rot, which was previously eradicated, could re-establish as the building is unventilated and suffering from water ingress.

Historic England has noted the building is in “poor” condition but no solution has yet been agreed.

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