St Peter’s Church taken off ‘at-risk’ register

A frosty St Peters Church in Wilburton

A frosty St Peters Church in Wilburton - Credit: Archant

An historic site in East Cambridegshire has been taken off a heritage ‘at-risk’ list thanks to grant funding.

The news comes as scores of new buildings and monuments were put on a national heritage at risk list in a bid to protect historic sites for future generations to enjoy.

English Heritage published on Thursday a list of places that are suffering from neglect and decay as part of a yearly strategy to protect the country’s history for the future.

The Heritage at Risk Register reveals that, in the East of England, 98 Grade I and II listed buildings, 220 scheduled monuments, 86 places of worship, seven registered parks and gardens and 45 conservation areas are at risk.

But, on the plus side, St Peter’s Church in Wilburton has been removed from the list thanks to improvements after featuring prominently on the list for the last two years.

Grant funding from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund allowed the church team to renovate the 15th century spire of the the Grade-I listed building, parts of which date back to the 13th century.

The restoration involved specialist teams to undertake the extensive re-leading together with masonry repairs to the parapets and re-gilding of the weathercock.

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Greg Luton, planning and conservation director for English Heritage in the East of England, said: “We’re proud of our many successes in the East of England in removing historic sites from the Register and we’re on target nationally to save 25 per cent or 1,137 sites that were on our register in 2010 by 2015.” A new entry to the Register in 2013 is the Grade II listed Denver Mill, near Downham Market, which is suffering from leaks and extreme damp which is threatening to cause timber decay.

It is also contributing to the crumbling of the non-breathable cement-rich render, a modern material, inappropriately applied to the exterior of the mill in the late 1990s.

Internal metal fixings are severely corroded and the sails have recently been removed on safety grounds.