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Future fears for Shropshire's historic past

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It is a risk that continues to grow – 98 Shropshire historic sites that are now considered under threat.

In the last year 13 sites have been added to the list, which is compiled by Historic England.

It's not all bad news, with 11 Shropshire sites also being removed from the register. But there is still plenty to be concerned about – scores of building that are slowly, but surely, fading away before our eyes.

Among those added to this year's list is Grade II listed Trinity Hospital in Clun, which was founded in 1607 by Henry Howard. English Heritage says the building complex is in "a very poor condition" and some sections have collapsed, with no solution to the upkeep yet agreed.

St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury

The Church of St Chad in Shrewsbury has also been placed on to the list although churchwarden David Tudor says the status is a mixed blessing, having paved the way for funding applications to fix problems with the nave balustrade.

A grant of £220,000 has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The church also has another £80,000 of funding towards the project, with £40,000 from the fundraising activities carried out by the Friends of St Chad's and another £40,000 from the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme.

Mr Tudor said: "Water has been getting down in to the sandstone of the cornice on the nave. The stone is very porous and the water has corroded some of the iron pins inside. In other words the blocks are not held together as firmly. That work needs to be done urgently to secure the stonework."

In south Shropshire the 12th century Church of St Mary in Ashford Carbonel, Church of St John the Baptist in Nash, Church of St Mary in Bitterley, and the Church of St Catherine in Tugford have all been placed on the list, along with the parish church at Boraston and the Church of St Michael and All Angels at Smethcott.

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In Shrewsbury the Church of the Holy Trinity at Minsterley and the Church of St Lucia in Upton Magna are also deemed to be at risk.

Wat's Dyke close to Preeshenlle Lane and St Martin's Road in Selattyn Gobowen has also been identified as having minor localised problems as has the ringwork and bailey castle close to Lyndale, Westbury. The red castle in Hawkstone Park, Weston under Redcastle is described as experiencing significant problems, but work to remedy these has started.

Alberbury Castle, west of Shrewsbury

Alberbury Castle and Wattlesborough Castle, the latter built in the 13th century by Sir Robert Corbet, are also deemed to be at risk. Wattlesborough is a time capsule where design features dating to the 14th, 16th and 17th centuries can still be seen, from the windows to the fireplaces. On the register since 1998, the ruins have been exposed to the elements and parts of the masonry are crumbling away.

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One major Grade I Shropshire building which has remained on the list for a number of years is the Ditherington Flaxmill in Shrewsbury. The building is the subject of a long-term regeneration project and although efforts have stalled, the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings are set to open a visitor centre next month.

Councillor Alan Mosley, chairman of the friends group, said: "I think it has been on the register ever since English Heritage took it over in 2005. They have done a wonderful job of protecting the fabric of the building to stop it getting any worse and making investment where possible."

Parts of our heritage at risk of crumbling:

The Historic England list is as follows:

Trinity Hospital, Hospital Lane, Clun

Church of St Chad, St Chads Terrace, Shrewsbury

Church of St Mary, Ashford Carbonel

Church of St Mary, Bitterley

Church of the Holy Trinity, Minsterley

Church of St John the Baptist, Nash

Church of St Catherine, Tugford

Church of St Lucia, Upton Magna

Parish Church, Boraston

Church of St Michael and All Angels, Smethcott

Wat's Dyke, 420m long section, 190m west of the junction between Preeshenlle Lane and St Martin's Road, Selattyn and Gobowen

Ringwork and bailey castle 350m south west of Lyndale, Westbury

Red Castle: an enclosure castle in Hawkstone Park, Weston-under-Redcastle

Pitchford Hall, Pitchford

Former Ditherington Flax Mill and attached former malt kiln, flax dressing building and flax warehouse, Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

Barn to west of Hall Farmhouse, Aston Eyre

48 Mill Street, Bridgnorth

Rockley Farmhouse, Chirbury with Brompton

Trinity Hospital, Hospital Lane, Clun

Old Hall and attached garden wall, Old Marton, Ellesmere Rural

Pentre Isaf, Oswestry

Brogyntyn Hall, Brogyntyn Park, Selattyn and Gobowen

Apprentice House of former Ditherington Flax Mill, Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

Stove House and Dye House at former Ditherington Flax Mill, Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury

Pell Wall Hall, Newport Road, Sutton upon Tern

Hawkstone Windmill, Hawkstone Park, Weston-under-Redcastle

The Old Rectory, Claypit Street, Whitchurch Urban

Cheney Longville Castle, Cheney Longville, Wistanstow

Hargreaves Farmhouse, Winnington, Wollaston

Heath Chapel, Stoke St Milborough, Heath

Trinity Hospital in Clun

Abbey Church of the Holy Cross, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury

Church of St Chad, St Chads Terrace, Shrewsbury

Church of St Peter, Wrockwardine

Church of St Mary, Ashford Carbonel

Church of St Mary, Bitterley

Church of St John the Baptist, Kenley

Church of the Holy Trinity, Minsterley

Church of St John the Baptist, Myndtown

Church of St John the Baptist, Nash

Church of St Catherine, Tugford

Church of St Lucia, Upton Magna

Parish Church, Boraston

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Salthouse Road, Jackfield

Church of St Peter, Church Road, Oakengates

Church of St Michael and All Angels, Smethcott

Alberbury Castle, Alberbury, Alberbury with Cardeston

Wattlesborough Castle (uninhabited parts), Alberbury with Cardeston

Ludlow town walls, Ludlow

Remains of Lea Castle at Lower Lea Farm, Lea, Lydham

Charlcotte Furnace, Neenton

Nag's Head engine house, Pontesbury

Town walls, Shrewsbury

Bedlam Furnace, The Gorge

Red Castle, Hawkstone Park, Weston-under-Redcastle

Candle House, Snailbeach Lead Mine, Worthen with Shelve

Snailbeach New Smeltmill, Worthen with Shelve

Charlton Castle, Wrockwardine

Little Shrawardine motte and bailey castle, Alberbury with Cardeston

Ringwork 540 metres north of Lane Farm, Alberbury with Cardeston

Stanwardine moated site and associated fishpond, Baschurch

Lower Cleeton moat, a moat and fishponds 380 metres south east of Cleeton Court, Bitterley

White Ladies (St Leonard's) Priory, Boscobel

Bowl barrow 450 metres north west of Felton Farm, Bromfield

Roman camp north of Bromfield Farm, Bromfield

Castle Tump, a motte castle and causeway, 150 metres west of Teme Bridge, Burford

Enclosed Iron Age farmstead immediately adjacent to The Croft, Pave Lane, Chetwynd Aston and Woodcote

Motte and bailey castle 150 metres north east of Wilmington, Chirbury with Brompton

Offa's Dyke: section 2/3 mile (1170 metres) long, north from southern boundary of Rownal Covert, Chirbury with Brompton

Offa's Dyke: section one mile 750 yards (2290 metres) from Dudston Covert to a point 300 yards (274 metres) north of Lack Brook – Also in Powys: Wales, Chirbury with Brompton

Offa's Dyke: two sections running 400 yards (370 metres) south of Camlad Stream – Also in Powys: Wales, Chirbury with Brompton

Motte castle 80 metres north east of Home Farm, Church Stretton

Bowl barrow 390 metres south east of Stanley Cottage, Clunbury

Norton Camp: a large multivallate hillfort, Culmington / Craven Arms

The Mount motte and bailey castle, 120 metres north east of Hill House Farm, Diddlebury Moated site and associated ridge Magdalene's Church, Hadnall

Roman villa north east of Cottage Coppice, Harley / Much Wenlock

Roman camp on Red Hill, Lilleshall and Donnington

Offa's Dyke: section 890 metres north west and 320 metres west of Little Selley, Llanfair Waterdine

Offa's Dyke: section 90 metres south of Brynorgan, Llanfair Waterdine

Motte and bailey castle 100 metres west of Holy Trinity Church, Lydham

Nickless moat, Milson

Callow Hill Camp: a small multivallate hillfort, Minsterley

Roman villa at Linley Hall, More

Offa's Dyke: section 175 metres east of Cefn Bronydd, Newcastle on Clun

Small enclosed settlement on Fron, 340 metres west of St John's Church, Newcastle on Clun

Offa's Dyke: section 400 metres south west of Springhill Farm, Newcastle on Clun / Clun / Llanfair Waterdine

St Leonard's Priory immediately adjacent to the Church of St Mary and St Leonard, Wombridge, Oakengates

Roman villa 150 yards (140 metres) south east of Lea Hall, Pontesbury

Canal aqueduct over River Tern, Rodington

Wat's Dyke, 420m long section, 190m west of the junction between Preeshenlle Lane and St Martin's Road, Selattyn and Gobowen

Roman camps south west of Stoneyford Cottages, Shifnal

Uxacona Roman site (See also Shropshire Unitary Authority), Shifnal / St Georges and Priorslee/Lilleshall and Donnington

Uxacona Roman site (see also Telford and Wrekin Unitary Authority), Shifnal / St Georges and Priorslee / Lilleshall and Donnington

Site revealed by aerial photography north of Castle Farm, St Georges and Priorslee

Roman military site at Rhyn Park, St. Martin's

Camp Ring motte and bailey castle, enclosure, fishpond and ridge and furrow 400 metres east of Culmington Farm, Stanton Lacy

Churchyard of St James's Church, Stirchley and Brookside

Medieval fishpond reservoir north east Haughton, Uffington / Upton Magna

Robury Ring: a small enclosed settlement on Wentnor Prolley Moor, Wentnor

Hawcocks Mount ringwork castle 200 metres north east of Hawcocks Farm, Westbury

Ringwork and bailey castle 350m south west of Lyndale, Westbury

Red Castle: an enclosure castle in Hawkstone Park, Weston-under-Redcastle Upper Barn moat, Wistanstow

Bowl barrow 120 metres south west of Dorrington Cottage, Pipe Gate, Woore

Bowl barrow at The Napp, Worthen with Shelve

Snailbeach New Smeltmill, 350 metres north east of Green Acres, Worthen with Shelve

Two bowl barrows 290 metres north of Upper House Farm, Worthen with Shelve

Moated site and a fishpond 160 metres and 280 metres south of The Farm, Charlton, Wrockwardine

Clee View, Highley

Llanymynech, Llanymynech and Pant

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