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Merseysiders urged to nominate threatened Victorian buildings

Merseyside residents are being urged to nominated threatened Victorian buildings for the 2018 Top 10 Endangered Buildings List.

The Victorian Society’s annual campaign encourages people across the UK to put foward Victorian buildings in their area which they feel are under threat, whether from neglect, insensitive redevelopment or demolition.

A shortlist of the 10 most endangered Victorian buildings in the country is then chosen by the society’s architecture and conservation experts, and the buildings in that list are given valuable publicity would could help save them.

Offering an update on buildings included on previous lists, the society says work is progressing slowly but surely with Cannington Shaw’s No. 7 Bottle Shop in St Helens. Plans are in place to clear the site of buildings of no significance in an attempt to increase focus on the heritage asset.

Meanwhile, Langton Dock Pumphouse in Bootle (pictured) still stands empty and derelict with no appropriate long-term schemes materialising since its inclusion on the Top 10 list back in 2012.

Griff Rhys Jones, president of the Victorian Society, says: “Every day we walk past at-risk Victorian and Edwardian buildings and regret their unfortunate state, wishing there was something we could do to help: the Top 10 campaign is the perfect opportunity to do so.

“Nominated buildings which make the final list get valuable publicity which, as previous examples show every day, can be just the push they need towards salvation.”

Send your nominations either by email to media@victoriansociety.org.uk or by post to The Victorian Society, 1 Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT.

The deadline for submissions is 13 July.

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

Lawrence is a journalist at Move Publishing. He can be contacted via email at lawrence@movepublishing.co.uk or by phone on 0151 709 3871.