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Call to nominate North West’s endangered Victorian buildings

People across the North West are being asked to nominate threatened Victorian buildings for 2018’s Top 10 Endangered Buildings List.

The Victorian Society’s annual campaign will see architecture and conservation experts choose the final list, which will then aim to gather publicity to help save the sites.

Cannington Shaw’s No.7 Bottle Shop in St Helens and Langton Dock Pumphouse in Bootle (pictured) are among the buildings to have previously been highlighted in the campaign, which is now in its 11th year.

According to the Victorian Society, work is ‘slowly but surely’ progressing on the No.7 Bottle Shop, with plans to clear the site of buildings of no significance which will increase the focus on the heritage asset.

Langton Dock Pumphouse, however, is still said to be empty and derelict with no appropriate long-term schemes materialising since it featured in the top 10 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.”

Nominations of buildings built between 1837 and 1914 can be made to the Victorian Society by emailing media@victoriansociety.org.uk until 13 July, and the final top 10 list will be announced on 12 September.