Eastbourne pier placed on English Heritage At Risk register

Four new historical sites, including Eastbourne pier and a shipwreck, have been added to English Heritage’s At Risk register, which monitors and manages the condition of Britain’s most valuable, but neglected, sites

PROJECT.Seaside
ADDRESS. Eastbourne Pier, Sussex
CAPTION. View of pier

Eastbourne pier has been added following the fire that destroyed parts of the structure over the summer. As one of the most significant examples of a seaside pier in the country, English Heritage will provide advice on the rebuilding process.

Geevor tin mine, meanwhile, is the largest and most complete surviving tin mine in Europe, but has fallen into disrepair since its closure in 1991.

Eastbourne pier has been added following the fire that destroyed parts of the structure over the summer. As one of the most significant examples of a seaside pier in the country, English Heritage will provide advice on the rebuilding process.

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Geevor tin mine, meanwhile, is the largest and most complete surviving tin mine in Europe, but has fallen into disrepair since its closure in 1991.

Also added to the register is an 18th-century Bedlam furnace in Ironbridge, which was probably used to create the first bridge in the world to be made of cast iron. Parts of the structure have become unstable, so plans are being drawn to improve the site.

The warship Hazardous, which was beached in Bracklesham Bay, Sussex during a storm in 1706, has also been placed on the At Risk register.

It is hoped that the awareness brought about through the register will speed up the process of redevelopment on these historically important locations.

While announcing the new sites added to the At Risk register, the body also revealed a number that can now be taken off following grants from English Heritage and commitment from local communities. Langham airfield dome, a former Second World War anti-aircraft gun training room, has been recovered. So too has the Newman brothers Coffin Works in Birmingham, which once provided coffins for both Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain.

The tomb at Kensal Green Cemetery of performer Emile Blondin, most famous for crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope, and the wreck of the Holland No. 5 submarine, were also taken off the register.

With the At Risk register now more than 15 years old, the list of sites has become increasingly diverse – it includes  listed buildings, parks and gardens, battlefields, places of worship, and wrecks.

Simon Thurley, English Heritage chief executive, said: “The next few years will be crucial for At Risk sites. Although there has been a reduction in the number of sites on the Register, more than a third of buildings that were on the national Register when it first began in 1999 are still there now.

“We can’t give up on all these incredibly important historic buildings; getting them back in use will lift the blight from historic areas, bringing back into use really important buildings and giving people a sense of pride in where they live.”

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Written by Ryan Davies