108-year-old city statue still on ‘at risk’ list

The Queen Victoria statue in Dalton Square, Lancaster is on a 'At Risk Register'
The Queen Victoria statue in Dalton Square, Lancaster is on a 'At Risk Register'
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The Queen Victoria statue in Dalton Square remains in a “poor” condition according to the latest English Heritage At Risk Register.

The 1906 monument to Queen Victoria, which was created by Herbert Hampton and presented by Lord Ashton, was put on the Heritage At Risk Register in 2012, after Lancaster City Council flagged up its condition.

Some of the bronze elements of the Grade II Listed monument are corroding, the stonework suffers from staining and it is often subject to graffiti.

The former Chapel of St Mary in the grounds of Ellel Grange in Ellel and Cockersand Premonstratensian Abbey at Thurnham also remain on the register.

Other at risk buildings in the district include Morecambe’s Winter Gardens, Capernwray Hall in Borwick, and Castle Stede mott and bailey in Hornby.

The Church of St Helen in Overton however has been taken off the register after receiving Heritage Lottery Fund money.

Coun Tim Hamilton-Cox, cabinet member with responsibility for property, said: “The city council recognises that it has to maintain and repair the historic buildings and structures for which it is responsible.

“The city council itself flagged up that the condition of the Queen Victoria monument in Dalton Square is deteriorating and is in need of repair and conservation.

“The council has commissioned a survey of the Grade II* Listed structure from a firm of specialist conservation-accredited architects and once we have the full details of the survey an action plan will be formulated in consultation with English Heritage.”

English Heritage said this year’s register was the most comprehensive to date.It records listed buildings, places of worship, scheduled monuments, industrial sites, conservation areas, parks and gardens, protected wrecks and battlefields identified as at risk and in need of rescue.