North’s industrial heritage at risk

The limekiln near the Limery, Longhoughton.
The limekiln near the Limery, Longhoughton.

THREE monuments reflecting north Northumberland’s industrial history have been declared ‘at risk’.

Ford Colliery, the limekiln to the east of the Limery in Longhoughton and the 18th century water mill at Grasslees, near Hepple, have all been placed on the Heritage At Risk register, which was published yesterday by English Heritage.

The engine house chimney at Ford Colliery.

The engine house chimney at Ford Colliery.

Research published with the register also revealed almost 12 per cent of the North East’s heritage at risk is industrial, over half of which is related to mining, making it the highest percentage in the country.

Carol Pyrah, North East planning director at English Heritage, said: “Britain led the way in global industrialisation and as a result we are custodians of the world’s most important industrial heritage.

“It is, however, one of the elements of our heritage most at risk.”

English Heritage is now launching a national action plan and will also part-fund an industrial heritage support officer to set up a network of support and advice for trusts and voluntary groups.