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North York Moors National Park authority rescues 150 historic buildings
12:09pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
NATIONAL Park bosses have revealed the authority has managed to save 150 historic buildings in North Yorkshire by securing restoration cash, but 63 must still be rescued.
The North York Moors National Park Authority’s programme to protect crumbling buildings in its area has been given a £20,000 boost by English Heritage, which is backing 19 pilot schemes across the UK to explore new ways of surveying Grade II-listed structures.
The authority’s latest grant has seen £1,825 awarded to restore a listed bridge over a “ha-ha” in the grounds of The Hall in Thornton-le-Dale. The building, now a residential care home for the elderly, is believed to date from 1739 and, together with many other houses and monuments across the moors, has been taken off the “at-risk” register thanks to the rescue effort.
Another grant, totalling £10,000, has been given to Church Farm at Swainby, which was in danger of collapsing and was being targeted by vandals. The main house will now be let as holiday accommodation. Meanwhile, a Farndale farm has been awarded £5,000 for work on its “unusual” roof, made up of cedar shingles.
A spokeswoman for the park authority said: “Buildings tend to be well maintained as long as they have a viable use, so the majority of those on the register are redundant or under-used, such as traditional farm buildings and deconsecrated churches or gateways and temples.
“The authority is taking part in a pilot scheme where volunteers take a tablet computer to a listed structure to record data for an at-risk register through a smartphone app.
“This increases efficiency and prevents details having to be recorded twice.”
The North York Moors has 3,014 listed buildings, and the last survey was 18 years ago.
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