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Fire at Ushaw involving Grade II* St Aloysius Chapel and the Ushaw Junior House

10/07/2023

Statement from Joe O’Donnell, Director, The Victorian Society following the fire at Ushaw near Durham.

Victorian Society secures listing for eye-catching former bank in Gateshead

03/07/2023

A second success this summer in the north of England for the listings team is the former Lloyds Bank at 15 West Street, Gateshead.

​Victorian Society secures listing for the oldest surviving cricket pavilion in the country located at a first-class cricket ground

29/06/2023

Liverpool Cricket Club's main pavilion has been listed at Grade II by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, following advice from Historic England. The listing recognises the pavilion's special architectural features and its significance in the history of cricket and sporting events in the North West.

The Victorian Society urges Preston Council not to let flats plan for former Park Hotel extension ruin historic views

28/06/2023

The Victorian Society has objected to plans to extend the elegant former Park Hotel in Preston with a huge L-shaped, wrap around, extension which is 4-5 stories higher than the original building. The hotel site needs sensitive development as it is highly visible from the railway and surrounding listed parks and conservation areas. There is a precedent for further building on the site of the demolished neighbouring 60s tower block, but the current plans will harm the historic building and the surrounding area.

Griff Rhys Jones launches 2023 Top Ten Endangered Buildings list

20/06/2023

The Top Ten Endangered Victorian and Edwardian Buildings list 2023 has beeen revealed by the Victorian Society's President. The full list is here.

Griff Rhys Jones and heritage campaigners to ask Michael Gove to decide Liverpool Street Station’s future

19/06/2023

The campaign to Save Liverpool Street Station (LISSCA) will ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, to ‘call in’ plans to partially demolish Liverpool Street Station and build a tower over the grade II* former great eastern hotel and make the decision himself. The Society urges the public to sign the petition asking Sellar and Network Rail to abandon the plans. If you want to support our work fighting for heritage click here to join.

Life-saving landmark Somerset tower in Rockwell Green features on Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023

18/06/2023

Rockwell Green Water Tower in Somerset is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The Victorian Tower now requires a new owner - it would make a unique residential conversion. The Society urges the present owner to sell so the Tower can be sensitively re-used.

The Coach and Horses historic hotel in Wallsend, Sting’s home town, features on Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings 2023

18/06/2023

The Coach and Horses Hotel in Wallsend is on the Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The Grade II listed former hotel is for sale has been empty for years and needs rapid investment.

The Constitutional Club one of Lincoln’s finest Victorian buildings features on Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023

18/06/2023

Lincoln’s former Constitutional Club is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023. The Grade II listed 1895 building is empty and for sale.

Blackborough House mansion that became a hostel for the homeless on Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023

18/06/2023

Blackborough House in Kentisbeare in Devon is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The house is one of Devon's finest architectural gems set in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Soldier's Point in Anglesey features on Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023

18/06/2023

Soldier’s Point House in Holyhead is on the Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The Grade II listed house needs urgent works and a long term plan if it is to survive.

North West’s only historic Turkish baths features on Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023

18/06/2023

Carlisle’s Grade II listed Edwardian Turkish Baths in Cumbria is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. It needs local ownership and support to bring it back into community use for another century

Liverpool Street Station on Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023

18/06/2023

Liverpool Street Station and the former Great Eastern Hotel are on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023.

Two Norwich engineering marvels that saved lives feature on Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023

18/06/2023

Trowse Sewage Pumping Stations in Bracondale in Norfolk is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The pair of rare Grade II listed Victorian sewage pumping stations from 1869 and 1909, designed by Alfred Morant, need significant investment to restore and reuse them if they are to survive.

Former Office for the Board of Guardians of Walsall Poor Law Union features in Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023

18/06/2023

The former Office for the Board of Guardians of Walsall Poor Law Union is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023. The building is now in urgent need of investment and restoration to survive.

St Andrew's Church in Temple Grafton trying to raise £250,000 features on Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings list 2023

18/06/2023

St Andrew’s Church in Temple Grafton in Warwickshire is on The Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered buildings list 2023. The Grade II listed 1875 church needs expensive emergency work if it is to survive.

LISSCA sends letter to the Editor of The Times

10/05/2023

Victorian Society and LISSCA campaign President Griff Rhys Jones wrote a letter to the editor of The Times for publication on the newspaper's letter page. It appeared in print on 9th May 2023. Griff's letter was supported by 34 signatories from architecture, academia, heritage, culture, the arts and planning.

Victorian Society's amendments removing permitted development rights for demolition debated in the House of Lords

28/04/2023

Baroness Andrews, Lord Carrington of Fulham and Lord Shipley championed our amendments to the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill which would remove Permitted Development Rights for demolition. The amendments, detailed below, do not go to a vote at committee stage. We intend to bring the issue back at report stage following the Society’s useful meeting with the Heritage Minister, Lord Parkinson to discuss the issues.

Book tickets for our AGM weekend and discover Bath's Victorian heritage this October

27/04/2023

This October (6th to 8th) join us in Bath for our AGM weekend and the opportunity to discover the city's Victorian heritage.

10 difficult questions to ask about the Liverpool Street Station demolition plans!

19/04/2023

These questions on plans to partially demolish Liverpool Street Station and cantilever a tower over the grade II* hotel need answering.


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