Four historic Stoke-on-Trent buildings added to 'at risk' register

Four historic Stoke-on-Trent buildings have been added to a heritage chartiy's 'at risk' register. The Queens Theatre in Burslem; the former NatWest building in High Street, Tunstall; the former Stoke Library and the old Penkhull Infants School, are all among the latest additions to Save Britain's Heritage's Buildings at Risk register.

Neglected historic buildings which are not currently in use are added to the list after being nominated by the charity's supporters, heritage professionals and the public. Save Britain's Heritage maintains the list with the aim of 'raising awareness of neglected historic buildings and their potential to bring meaningful benefit to the places in which they stand if restored and reused'.

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These are the entries for the four Stoke-on-Trent buildings:

Queens Theatre,Wedgwood Street, Stoke-on-Trent

This significant and handsome Grade II listed 1911 building has an assertive classical facade.

It stands near the Wedgewood Institute and Burslem Indoor Market. Empty since 1998, its future is uncertain but the council has done extensive work to support reuse.

Former Bank Building, High Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent - FOR SALE

This beautiful 1898-9 bank building with terracotta decorations is currently on the market. Planning permission for residential conversion exists, but the building remains disused and neglected.

Former Stoke Library, London Road, Stoke-onTrent - FOR SALE

Queen's Theatre in Burslem
Queen's Theatre in Burslem

Built in 1878 as a library and Shakespeare Institute, this distinctive Grade II listed building features red and white brick with cream tiles and mosaics. Disused and on the market for £295,000, it awaits a new use.

Penkhull Infants School, 329 Princes Road, Stoke-on-Trent

Noted for its Vernacular style with wonderful Arts & Crafts detailing, this Grade II listed school built in 1896 is now disused and boarded up, it stands on a large site and is in poor condition, with the playground used as a car park.

Liz Fuller, Save Britain's Heritage's Buildings at Risk officer, said: "If you want to be transported to different locations and different moments in our history, dipping into this list of buildings we are adding to our Buildings at Risk register is the ticket that you need. While the variety of fascinating structures is inspiring, it is shocking that they are at risk at all. The new entries serve as an urgent reminder that these historic buildings are a resource which, if restored and reused, have the potential to deliver huge benefits to their communities through their character, shared history and their return to use."

A total of 86 new entries have been added to the register this year, which now includes more than 1,400 buildings.