Nottingham’s oldest subscription library has officially been “saved” from falling into a state of irreversible disrepair, according to Historic England.
The organisation has published its latest Heritage at Risk Register 2020 and says Bromley House Library in Angel Row has undergone extensive work which has saved it.
Further good news is the Church of St Helena in Thoroton has now been removed from the register.
But two Nottinghamshire churches have been added after the theft of lead from their roofs in 2019 left them damaged from water ingress.
A third church – St Mary’s in Orston – has also been added to the annual list compiled by Historic England because it is suffering from movement and requires further investigation of the tower and cracking inside the church.
The two churches subject to lead thefts, which have resulted in them being put on the register, are St Matthew’s in Normanton on Trent and St Peter and St Paul’s in Widmerpool.
According to Historic England, the interior of St Matthew’s remain damp, the tower roof is nearing the end of its life and pointing and isolated masonry repairs are needed. Some repairs were carried out earlier this year but the church is looking to carry out more.
Discussions are still under way as to how to address plaster repairs caused after lead was taken from the roof of St Peter and St Paul’s in 2019. The Parochial Church Council has undertaken some repairs.
Adjacent Lincolnshire suffered a spate of lead thefts from churches in 2019 and although insurance will cover some of the damage, parishioners have been left raising money to pay for further repairs.