Hawksmoor needs your help
ONE of Hawksmoor’s most celebrated London churches, St Mary Woolnoth, is among the new entries on Historic England’s 2016 Heritage at Risk Register, released last week. Other new entries include the Snowden Aviary at London Zoo—a pioneering work when it opened in 1965, its aluminium and steel-mesh structure appeared to some too delicate to last. The second largest aviary in the world and the first the public was able to walk through, it is now in serious need of repair, but the zoo has secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, which will convert it into an enclosure for colobus monkeys, among other animals.
One of England’s largest parish churches, Grade I-listed Holy Trinity Church in Hull, equally imposing Grade I-listed King’s Lynn Minster, Norfolk, and timber-framed Tudor Wythenshawe Hall, Manchester, which was devastated by a fire in March, are now also officially at risk.
Overall, the 2016 register presents a mixed picture, with the number of entries (5,341) down by 137 on 2015. However, only 14% of entries are thought to be economic to repair, with country houses and textile-industry buildings accounting for a third of the country’s ‘conservation deficit’
Hawksmoor’s St Mary Woolnoth in London has joined Historic England’s 2016 Heritage at Risk Register