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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

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