1930s Cinema, 4 Churches And Forty Hall Added To 'Heritage At Risk' List

1930s Cinema, 4 Churches And Forty Hall Added To 'Heritage At Risk' List
Crooked, broken lampposts
Brentford Fountain in Hounslow joins the At Risk list this year. Image:Historic England Archive

A former cinema, four churches, a neglected Brentford water fountain, and Forty Hall in Enfield have been added to Historic England's Heritage at Risk list for 2022.

In all, the list — released annually by the public body that champions England's historic landmarks — highlights 17 sites in London which have become "at risk of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development".

The former Gaumont Palace Cinema in Wood Green Broadway is in need of some TLC. © Jim Osley and licensed for reuse under this creative commons licence.

They join another 631 London sites — including buildings, places of worship, monuments, parks and conservation areas — currently categorised as At Risk.

Wood Green's Gaumont Palace Cinema, built in the 'Moderne' style in 1934, and today used as a church, is on the list due to extensively corroded steels supporting the high-level upper and lower cornices.

A redbrick provincial Victorian church
The Church of St Bartholomew in Stamford Hill is among four churches added to the At Risk list in 2022. Image: Historic England

Forty Hall — a manor house in Enfield open to the public — suffers from "lapsed woodland and grassland management, which threatens the character of the landscape".

Meanwhile, a number of churches — namely the Church of St Bartholomew in Tottenham; the Church of St Michael and All Angels, and the Church of St Barnabas (both in Hackney); and St Paul's Church in Stepney, are flagged as needing some TLC.

A grand grey granite water fountain from 1877, in Hounslow is another new addition to the list — and with its badly-damage/missing lamp standards, and signs of fly-tipping, you can see why.

A stunningly intricate plaster ceiling, and shiny blue flock wallpaper
The stunning Boston Manor House in Brentford has been restored to its majestic best. Image: Historic England Archive

It's not all bad news. Alongside naming 'At Risk' sites, Historic England releases a roll call of London landmarks that've been restored, and removed from the list. These include the splendid Boston Manor House in Brentford, the Hyde Vale Fountain and cattle trough in Greenwich; the South Lodge to Grim's Dyke Hotel in Harrow (which burned down in 2020); and remains of the Roman and medieval London Wall in the City.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace Subway, Soho Theatre Walthamstow and Small Mansion & Stables in Gunnersbury Park have has their statuses updated to making "good progress" in their ongoing renovations.

The Grade II* Crystal Palace Subway, which dates from 1865, has is making good progress, according to Historic England. Image: Historic England Archive

Overall, 19 London landmarks have been removed from the At Risk register this year, thanks in part to £1.47 million in repair grants from Historic England.

You can search the Heritage at Risk register online.

Last Updated 22 November 2022

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