St Peter Hungate ‘at risk’ according to English Heritage

St Peter Hungate Church.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY; COPY:; FOR:EDP sunday; © ARCHANT NORFOLK 2009 (01603

St Peter Hungate Church.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY; COPY:; FOR:EDP sunday; © ARCHANT NORFOLK 2009 (01603 772434) - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

A historic Norwich building has been deemed at risk by English Heritage in its latest audit.

Once a parish church, St Peter Hungate, on Prince Street, is now used as a medieval art museum and exhibition space.

But according to the latest report produced by English Heritage, the 15th century building is now at 'immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric'.

The Grade One listed building is among 31 Norfolk churches added to The Heritage at Risk Register 2014, bringing a total of 37 sites in the county now facing disrepair.

Trudi Hughes, a heritage at risk surveyor, said the roof needs £100,000 worth of repairs before it is safe for the public.

'Churches are very special and significant to the people of Norfolk. But the roof has a lot of damage and could be a potential hazard to the public.'

The building is held on long lease by Norwich Historic Churches Trust and sub-let to the Hungate Medieval Arts Trust who use the building for the arts.

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The trust applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and according to John Ette, Heritage at Risk principal for the East of England, many more churches across Norfolk could now benefit from becoming at risk by applying for a national £32m pot called Grants for Places of Worship.

'It's always sad when any building is in need of extra care and attention, but it's even worse if you can't do anything about it,' he said.

'What we are seeing now is a thoroughly positive opportunity. The At Risk Register focuses on how people can get help and target buildings which are most in need so we can push them in to the next generation.'

For a full list of the sites across the region cick here