Heritage at Risk Register

We are very interested in creating a heritage at risk register for buildings are in some danger of loss or neglect. Please let us know any other buildings that you think may fit into this category.

Padstow Railway Station: railway heritage

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The Cornish Buildings Group have been saddened by reports of the possible demolition of the Padstow railway station.  Although one could never class it as an outstanding building of its period, it does however represent a solid and pleasing example of early 20th Century railway architecture. It has been argued that this particular station is just one of a very large number of similar buildings erected by the London and South Western Railway Company along its line from Waterloo. Originally this was true, but, since the closure of the route, very few survive that have not been radically altered or demolished.

Padstow station has a greater significance, in that it represented the western terminus of the London and South Western Railway, for many years witnessing the daily arrival of the Atlantic Coast Express from Waterloo.  It was this direct route to London that opened up fast access to the Billingsgate fish market, ensuring that Padstow fishermen could guarantee the sale of their catches while still fresh.Quite apart form the fish trade, the line also put Padstow on the map as a tourist destination, leading to the building of the hotel, now known as The Metropole.  In so doing, it altered the perception of the town (for better or worse), which now continues into our present days of mass motor-car ownership.

Many who lived in Padstow before the Beeching cuts, will remember the convenience of the through trains to London, and the delightful feeling of ‘coming home’ as the train covered the last few miles, twisting along the Camel.  Many a school boy or girl must still remember the near anarchy that presided in the local train as it ferried its rombustious cargo to and from Wadebridge School.

Yet nostalgia is probably not an adequate reason for urging the retention of a redundant building, (especially as those who knew it in its former life as a railway station are a declining breed).  One must be positive, for surely a building, which sits at the end of the Camel Trail, and is thus passed by tens of thousands of cyclists and walkers as they approach Padstow, could be put to further profitable use.  In these days of ‘sustainability’, it does not make sense to demolish a perfectly sound and attractive building when so many good uses could be found for it, by anybody with an entrepreneurial spirit.

We have written to the Planning Officer for a comment.

Padstow

The Forge at Barcelona near Pelynt: a rare building type 

Barcelona

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Foster Hall, Bodmin: by Silvanus Trevail 

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A chance to recognise Foster Hall as an important building worthy of saving exists through the Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for Bodmin of which is open to public consultation until 1st February 2013.

The existing Conservation Appraisal for Bodmin was undertaken in 2000. Cornwall Council has been reviewing Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans for several towns and villages over the last 5 years in order to keep the documents up to date with current national legislation and guidance.

The document can be viewed at here

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The Isolation Hospital, part of Foster Complex, demolished in 2010

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Foster Complex, demolished 2013

Redruth Fire Station, grade 2 listed

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Lowere Fore Street, Redruth. In heart of a conservation area

Carharrack Methodist Church, 1815, grade 2* listed 

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