Gate­way is on the at risk regis­ter in the city

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

CON­CERNS about the state of a 15th cen­tury Le­ices­ter land­mark have seen it added to a list of his­toric fea­tures un­der threat.

Watch­dog His­toric Eng­land has added the Tur­ret Gate­way of Le­ices­ter Cas­tle to its new Her­itage at Risk regis­ter for 2017.

The stone struc­ture, also known as Ru­pert’s Arch, has been ear­marked for re­pairs by Le­ices­ter City Coun­cil.

Chair­man of the city’s civic so­ci­ety Stu­art Bai­ley said: “It is a worry that this has found its way on to the regis­ter.

“It is, of course, just a frag­ment of a much larger four-storey gate­way which con­trolled ac­cess to the cas­tle.

“It used to have a house above it and was very im­pos­ing.

“It is widely, and in­cor­rectly, as­sumed that it was largely de­stroyed in the fight­ing in the city dur­ing the Civil War.

“Ac­tu­ally it sur­vived that and stood un­til the 1830s.

“It was de­stroyed in an elec­tion riot, a Chartist riot, when it was burned down leav­ing just what you can see today.”

A city coun­cil spokesman said: “We’ve had a full struc­tural sur­vey car­ried out on the tur­ret gate­way.

“The re­port from the sur­vey shows work needs to be car­ried out to pre­vent wa­ter ingress and veg­e­ta­tion on the struc­ture, and to re-point and re­place stone that has de­graded in a sym­pa­thetic man­ner.

“These re­pairs will be highly spe­cialised work and we will go out to ten­der for a con­trac­tor to carry them out. There­fore we don’t know how much the work will cost at the mo­ment.”

While the gate­way has been added to the At Risk regis­ter, the for­mer Nat West Bank in St Martin’s has been taken off af­ter its re­fur­bish­ment as Mid­dle­ton’s steak res­tau­rant.

The grade II-listed Baro­questyle build­ing had lan­guished on the regis­ter since 2003 but has un­der­gone a £1.5 mil­lion re­fit to re­store it.

In Le­ices­ter­shire, the grade II Kib­worth Har­court Mill has been placed on the regis­ter. The post mill, built in 1711, is, ac­cord­ing to His­toric Eng­land, “suf­fer­ing the rav­ages of time and now re­quires com­pre­hen­sive re­pairs”.

The So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of An­cient Build­ings is look­ing for money to carry out the re­pairs.

There is bet­ter news in Measham, where the 1841built Bap­tist Church has es­caped the regis­ter af­ter His­toric Eng­land funded re­pairs.

The Tay­lor’s Bell foundry in Lough­bor­ough, the only work­ing one in the UK, re­mains on the regis­ter but His­toric Eng- land says good progress has been made re­pair­ing the roofs and walls as restora­tion work con­tin­ues.

Oakham Cas­tle still sits on the regis­ter but good progress has been made on wall re­pairs thanks to lot­tery and His­toric Eng­land grants. Work is still needed to sta­bilise the re­mains of the motte.

Tur­ret Gate­way of Le­ices­ter Cas­tle

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