Hastings church ‘at risk’ due to neglect

All Soul's Church
All Soul's Church

A church in Hastings is ‘at risk’ due to neglect, according to Historic England.

All Soul’s Church on Athelstan Road was added to the organisation’s annual Heritage at Risk Register that was published today (Tuesday, October 20).

The report claims the derelict church has a backlog of repairs that need completing.

“The Church of All Souls, Athelstan Road, Hastings, East Sussex, was designed by English architect Sir Arthur Blomfield and built in 1889,” the report said.

“It has been added to the register due to neglect.

“The church has been unused since February 2008 and is now closed for worship.

“As well as the building being vacant for a long period of time, there is also backlog of repairs and maintenance which needs to be tackled.”

Across the South East, 18 sites were added to the register this year including 12 places of worship, and 47 sites were removed and their futures secured including 17 places of worship and 24 field monuments.

Over the past year, Historic England has offered £446,000 in grants in the South East to help some of the region’s best loved and most important historic sites.

Planning director for Historic England in the South East Andy Brown said: “This year’s register gives us the most complete sense of the state of our nation’s heritage to date.

“We know barrows are more at risk than any other type of heritage nationally but we also know it’s a different story depending on where you are in the country.

“The South East’s coastal forts are one of the things that make our region special, and are the things most at risk. If they’re lost, then part of our regional distinctiveness is lost too.

“Together we can safeguard our most precious places and buildings for future generations to learn from and to remember the debt we owe to our forebears.”

In the South East, the report reveals there are 88 grade I and II* buildings, 240 scheduled monuments, 111 places of worship, 23 registered parks and gardens, one battlefield, 67 conservation areas and four protected wrecks are at risk from neglect, decay or inappropriate change.

Heritage at Risk principal adviser for Historic England in the South East Clare Charlesworth said: “We’ve seen great progress this year at important sites like Sheerness Dockyard and Somerhill, but there’s still a lot for us and our partners to do in order to preserve the historic buildings and places in the South East for future generations.

“We are pleased to say, however, that we have had several successes in removing historic sites from the Register this year as we take care to keep attention focused on heritage at risk.”

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