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Listed Salford church amongst North West sites deemed ‘At Risk’

A Salford church where Emmeline Pankhurst was married is amongst 24 North West sites added to Heritage England’s At Risk register.

The public body has unveiled an updated selection of buildings as it marks 20 years of publishing the national list.

Over the last two decades, 63% of entries (104 sites) from the original 1998 North West register have been removed.

However, significant additions to the list this year include the Grade II*-listed St Luke’s Church in Weaste, Salford (pictured) and Haslington Hall in Cheshire.

World famous suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was married at St Luke’s in 1879, which has been added due to damage caused by a leaking roof.

Meanwhile the Grade I-listed Haslington Hall, near Crewe, was badly damaged by fire earlier this year and is now in need of major repairs.

Parts of the black and white timber framed country house date back as far as 1480.

ADDED: Haslington Hall, near Crewe

In more encouraging news, a number of sites have been removed from the list including the former Welsh Baptist Chapel in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.

The Grade II*-chapel was on the original 1998 register and has been removed following extensive repairs and conversion of what was a roofless ruin into student accommodation.

Another North West place of worship removed from the list is the Grade II*-listed Holy Trinity Church in Southport.

Designed by Huon Matear, the church was built of brick and slate but a soft limestone was used for the dressings.

This stone suffered as a consequence of Southport’s maritime climate and problems with erosion developed over the years, eventually leading to the building going onto the register in 2015.

The congregation has raised the funds for a series of repair programmes spanning 25 years. The most recent phase of work, aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Grants for Places of Worship programme, led to the removal of the church from the register this year.

REMOVED: Former Welsh Baptist Chapel, Chorlton-on-Medlock

Progress has also been made on one of England’s last great cotton spinning complexes to be built.

The Grade II*-listed Leigh Spinners Mill in Leigh dates from between 1913 and 1923, and with help from a £252,000 Historic England grant, Leigh Spinners Building Preservation Trust has recently overseen a project to waterproof the roof of one half of the building.

Meanwhile at Ellesmere Port’s Hooton Hangars, the final phase of works has begun on two of the three Grade II*-listed Belfast Hangars (the central and southern) following restoration work made possible by grant funding and conservation advice from Historic England.