Three Calderdale listed buildings ‘at risk’

Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge
Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Three listed buildings and places of worship are at risk in Calderdale, according to a national survey .

English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk Register 2012 published today includes Kirklees Park farm buildings, near Clifton, Brighouse, Todmorden Town Hall and Christ Church at Sowerby Bridge.

According to the English Heritage, the farm buildings at Kirklees Park at risk include the Malthouse, the L-shaped aisled barn, home farm building number 6, the double aisled barn, and Kirklees Priory Gatehouse.

It is among the ten most important historic buildings and sites in the Yorkshire area on the register.

Todmorden Town Hall is a Grade I listed town hall opened in 1875. The high level stone work is in a poor condition and the future use of the building is uncertain.

Urgent repairs are also needed at the church in Sowerby Bridge.

However two churches and a bridge have been rescued from the “at risk” list.

Wainsgate Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge, the Grade II listed former chapel with attached Sunday School and Minister’s house is now wind and weather tight. The school is currently used as a workshop and the former Minister’s house is used as a store.

Urgent repairs have been undertaken at St Mary’s Church in Cottonstones and the Oxygrains packhorse bridge, Rishworth, has been repaired as part of Natural England Environmental Stewardship Agreement.

There are 902 Grade I and II buildings, monuments, archaeological sites, landscapes, battlefields, protected wrecks, places of worship and conservation areas at risk on the Yorkshire and The Humber Register.

And although 56 entries have been saved and removed from the Register since 2011, 42 have been added.