IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: 14 Coventry historical sites ‘at risk of neglect, decay or vandalism’, newest is Holy Trinity Church

websiteCoventry Live has reported on how fourteen of Coventry’s most treasured historical sites are at risk of neglect, decay or vandalism, according to the latest Historic England At Risk Register, with the newest being Holy Trinity Church in the city centre.

Coventry Live writes:

Fourteen of Coventry’s most treasured historical sites are at risk of neglect, decay or vandalism, according to a new report. A new entry in the latest Historic England At Risk Register is Holy Trinity Church in the city centre, although the cathedral ruins and the Old Grammar School are no longer on the list. The latest list features six buildings and structures, three places of worship, two archaeological sites, and three conservation areas. Historic England say the register is important to identify and document important ‘at risk’ sites, and come up with solutions to maintain them.

Cook Street Gate – scheduled monument- Condition: Poor
Category: D: Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented

The construction of this gate began in the early 14th Century and was completed later that century following a licence to crenellate in 1363. Inappropriate historic repairs, vulnerability to vehicle damage and stone erosion are all issues. An Historic England Repair Grant was accepted in 2016 to address assorted external building fabric repairs. Project development works were due to take place in 2018 with repairs planned for 2019. The current proposal by the Historic Coventry Trust is to convert the upper room to a studio in line with the framework agreed with Coventry City Council.

Coventry City Walls – scheduled monument, Condition: Poor
Category: D Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented

The remains of Coventry City walls include several lengths of 14th Century city defences. Historic England funded a conservation management plan for the walls in 2010 which the City Council is now in the process of implementing. A Historic England Repair Grant was accepted in 2016 to address assorted building fabric repairs to both Swanswell and Cook Street gatehouses and the connecting length of wall between them. Project development works were due to take place in 2018 with repair works planned for 2019.

Earl Street basement – listed building, Condition: Fair
Category: D Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented

Late medieval cellar of Old Star Inn now incorporated in the Civic Centre. Significant erosion of the sandstone took place as a result of water damage. The stone vault was temporarily propped in 2008 and damaged stonework repaired. Since then the stone structure has been steadily drying out. The next phase of work will be to replace the eroded ribs on the vault. The buildings above (with the exception of the recently listed former architects’ offices) are likely to be demolished.

The Charterhouse – listed building, Condition: Poor
Category: D: Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented

Founded as a Carthusian Monastery dedicated to St Anne, the surviving building is a mixture of stone, brick and timber frame construction incorporating centuries of change and adaptation. Exceptional and vulnerable wall paintings survive from the 15th and 16th Centuries. Areas of structural instability need to be addressed, the clay tile roof covering is in poor condition and there is evidence of water damage within the building. Now in the ownership of the Historic Coventry Trust, the building is part of a major regeneration project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England grants.

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