Worksop: Heritage sites are ‘at risk’, according to Historic England register

Worksop Priory Gatehouse
Worksop Priory Gatehouse
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A number of heritage sites in Worksop are ‘at risk’, according to a register published by Historic England.

The Worksop Priory Gatehouse, Cheapside, the remains of the cloister wall adjoining Church of St Cuthbert and St Mary, Worksop Priory, Priorswell Road and Worksop Manor Lodge, Lodge Farm Lane all feature on the list.

Wayside chapel interiors & exterior pics of Worksop Priory Gatehouse.'NWGU 11-9-15 gatehouse, Wayside Chapel entrance stairway with Statues    ( 5 & 6)

Wayside chapel interiors & exterior pics of Worksop Priory Gatehouse.'NWGU 11-9-15 gatehouse, Wayside Chapel entrance stairway with Statues ( 5 & 6)

However funding has been secured for repairs to be carried out at the gatehouse chapel.

All three locations are not new entries to the register.

The Heritage at Risk (HAR) programme, launched in 2008, ‘protects’ and ‘manages’ historic places across the country to help reduce the number of locations which could be lost due to ‘neglect, decay or inappropriate development’.

The register is updated every year to assess which sites are in most need of safeguarding in the future.

On the Worksop Priory gatehouse, the Historic England assessment states the 14th century location is in a ‘poor condition’ with ‘laminated stonework and advanced decay to the sculptural figures’.

The assessment continues: “The gatehouse requires comprehensive repair, as demonstrated by a condition survey funded by grant aid from English Heritage. Repairs to chapel are to be carried out with funding secured via a Repair Grant for Places of Worship.”

On the cloister wall adjoining Church of St Cuthbert and St Mary, Historic England says: “Fair condition but with some loose stonework. Requires monitoring and maintenance given vulnerability to vandalism in this area. Local authority grant offered for condition survey and management plan.”

And on the Worksop Manor Lodge, the report states: “Hunting Lodge circa 1590 to Worksop Manor by Robert Smythson. Devastated by fire in June 2007. Roof and upper three floors destroyed. Front gable taken down due to instability. Temporary roof in place.”