A 1930s former cinema in Wood Green that now serves as a church, and a neglected drinking fountain which once at the centre of Brentford Market are among sites joining the Heritage at Risk register this year.
Published on Thursday, the register gives an annual snapshot of England’s sites that are most at risk of being lost forever, due to neglect, decay or inappropriate development.
Wood Green’s former Gaumont Palace cinema has been added to the list this year.
Opening in 1934, it ran as a cinema for 50 years before closing in 1984. Today, the Grade II-listed building is used as a church, the Dominion Centre.
Its well looked-after auditorium serves as a central worship space. But in 2018, a piece of cornicing on the building’s exterior fell to the street below. It was discovered the steels supporting the high-level decorative details were extensively corroded.
A repair solution is now being prepared, while the front of the building remains under scaffolding for public safety.
Also joining the at risk list is Hounslow’s Brentford Fountain - a Grade II-listed Victorian drinking fountain in need of repairs.
It originally stood near Kew Bridge and Brentford Market grew up around it. When the market closed in 1974, the fountain was relocated to its current position in Hayes Road, by the new Western International Market.
Historic England says: “The fountain is a handsome survival but in recent years it has suffered from anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping, and littering.”
Local community group Brentford Voice is working in collaboration with the London Borough of Hounslow to determine next steps.
St Bartholomew’s church in Stamford Hill has also joined the list.
Designed by W D Caröe - a major figure in the Arts and Crafts movement - the church was completed in 1904.
The current building replaced a 19th Century church on Moor Lane, which itself replaced Christopher Wren’s St Bartholomew by the Exchange.
The principal problem it faces today is its the roof, which needs “urgent attention” to prevent further problems and decay.
Other sites joining the Heritage at Risk register this year include the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Hackney; the former Samaritans Hospital for Women, Marylebone Road, City of Westminster; the Church of St Bartholomew, Craven Park Road, Tottenham; St Paul’s Church in Stepney, Tower Hamletsand Ivy Hall Hotel (known as Hobart Hall Hotel), Petersham Road, Richmond upon Thames.
Over the past year, 19 sites in London have also been saved and their futures secured, says Historic England.
Examples include the transformation of Boston Manor House in Brentford, set to reopen to the public in the coming months, and the rejuvenation of a historic drinking fountain near Ranger’s House in Greenwich Park which is part of the drive to reduce plastic waste.
Heritage Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register “helps to ensure that future generations can continue to benefit from everything our historic sites and buildings have to offer”.
Emily Gee, Regional Director, Historic England added: “It is central to Historic England’s mission that we pass on to future generations the rich legacy of historic buildings and places that we have inherited from previous generations.
“Our Heritage at Risk programme is a key contributor to this ambition. With the help of local communities and partners, imaginative thinking and business planning, we can continue to regenerate historic places in London.”