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Historic places - such as the Farmers' Club - still at risk in Herefordshire
THE haughty castle, the holy Priory, the humble barn – time makes them all equal on the county’s latest “heritage at risk” list.
And for some on the list time won’t wait.
The site of 14th century Snodhill Castle, for instance, has long featured on the annual list issued by English Heritage (EH).
Soon there might not be much left to feature at all.
The standing remains of the castle near Peterchurch are now a preservation priority as badgers and falling trees make a formidable foe.
Together, each has undermined masonry to an extent that the remains are at great risk.
So rapid is the resulting deterioration that EH has funded a survey to inform and hopefully inspire future preservation plans.
EH has faith, however, in a grant reducing the risk to Hereford’s Church of St Francis Xavier where poor detailing at the Broad Street site is said to pose problems with high level stonework and water penetration.
A repair grant was offered in January this year to address this and should see the church off next year’s list.
The future for the Farmers’ Club site across the city, however, is not so clear.
There, the roof is in poor condition and water damage in valley gutters has led to rot bad enough to put the 17th century structure at risk. New owners could, however, put those problems right. The building is currently sold subject to contract.
Belmont House, at Clehonger, is not as bad but needs investment to fight weathering and deterioration.
A late 18th century work by James Wyatt, remodelled by E W Pugin in around 1860, the basement is the clubhouse for Belmont golf course, but the rest of the building is unused.
Beyond these examples the list is largely made up of ancient defences, castles, churches, priories and historic farm buildings, all worth so much more than bills.
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