Keighley’s historic sites deemed at risk


FOUR historic sites across Keighley – plus a conservation area – remain in danger, according to Historic England.

Dalton Mills, Whinburn, Low Mill, St James’s Church in Cross Roads and Devonshire Park and the Cliffe Castle Conservation Area are all included in the public body’s latest Heritage in Danger register.

The organization, which defends and campaigns to protect the country’s historic sites, produces the register every year to highlight buildings and areas considered to be in danger of disappearing due to degradation or neglect – or in some cases of inappropriate development.

It is considered a snapshot of the health of some of England’s most treasured historic places.

The latest register has 523 entries across Yorkshire, including 106 listed buildings.

In the past year, 17 historic sites in the county have been taken off the register – and four added.

Dalton Mills, built like a combed mill between 1866 and 1877, is partly occupied.

It includes Tower Mill – which is described as not at risk – Genappe Mill and New Mill.

There are also several annex buildings, a chimney and surviving machinery intact.

The site was acquired by a new owner in 2014 and a phased repair and refurbishment program began to create a mixed business development.

Low Mill at Low Mill Lane has been abandoned for years.

The late 18th century cotton mill is described as being in “very poor” condition and “at immediate risk of rapid deterioration or loss of fabric”.

Historic England adds that discussions are underway with a new owner regarding potential reuse and development.

Whinburn is listed in the parks and gardens category of the registry.

Her entry says the house has beautiful Edwardian interiors but adds that “the gardens are overgrown and the buildings and structures are in need of repair.”

The gardens belonging to Whinburn Lodge were partly landscaped circa 1897, with additional formal landscaping and features dating from 1912 to 1938.

The property is currently for sale.

St James’s Church is described as being in poor condition.

Historic England says some repairs were done in 2016, with funding from the National Lottery, but the top-tier roofs have subsequently deteriorated and require a further phase of repair.

Devonshire Park and the Cliffe Castle Conservation Area are said to be in poor condition and on a deteriorating trend.

Trevor Mitchell, Regional Director of Historic England North East and Yorkshire, said: “Our heritage is a foothold for all of us in these difficult times. The 17 sites saved this year in Yorkshire show what can be done with strong partnerships that invest together to secure public benefits.

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