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Norfolk mansion named among top ten most endangered buildings

PUBLISHED: 14:52 13 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:25 13 September 2019

The Nunnery Stud on the Shadwell Estate.
Pictured is Shadwell Court.

The Nunnery Stud on the Shadwell Estate. Pictured is Shadwell Court.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2015

The owners of a 200-year-old gothic mansion named as one of the UK's most endangered buildings say they have spent more than £1.5m on conserving it.

Mandatory picture credit : Country Life Picture Library

A Grade I-listed Gothic country house, which is part of a prestigious Norfolk racehorse stud, has been included in a list of the top ten endangered buildings in England and Wales.

The 52-room Shadwell Court at Brettenham, near Thetford, has been falling into a state of disrepair for years, but now has dry rot and is no long weather tight.

The Victorian Society, a charity campaigning for quality architecture built between 1837 and 1914, has now added the 18th century building to its endangered list, joining other national gems such as St Walburges Roman Catholic Church in Preston and Moseley Road baths in Birmingham.

Officials from the charity fear that the country house, which is part of the Shadwell Estate and is already on English Heritages historic buildings at risk register, is becoming structurally unsafe.

Dr Ian Dungavell, director of the Victorian Society, said: Were very worried about Shadwell Park. This is one of Britains most significMandatory picture credit : Country Life Picture Library A Grade I-listed Gothic country house, which is part of a prestigious Norfolk racehorse stud, has been included in a list of the top ten endangered buildings in England and Wales. The 52-room Shadwell Court at Brettenham, near Thetford, has been falling into a state of disrepair for years, but now has dry rot and is no long weather tight. The Victorian Society, a charity campaigning for quality architecture built between 1837 and 1914, has now added the 18th century building to its endangered list, joining other national gems such as St Walburges Roman Catholic Church in Preston and Moseley Road baths in Birmingham. Officials from the charity fear that the country house, which is part of the Shadwell Estate and is already on English Heritages historic buildings at risk register, is becoming structurally unsafe. Dr Ian Dungavell, director of the Victorian Society, said: Were very worried about Shadwell Park. This is one of Britains most signific

Shadwell Court, in Brettenham, just outside of Thetford, is an impressive Grade 1 listed country mansion, which was originally built in 1715, but remodelled in the 19th century.

The building, which is owned by a member of the Dubai ruling family and run by Shadwells Estate Company Ltd, has been left empty since the mid 1990's and is in need of extensive restoration work.

Now it has been nominated by the public to be featured on the 'Top 10 most endangered buildings list', released by the National Architecture Charity and the Victorian Society.

They claim Shadwell has been affected by severe dry rot outbreaks, caused by leaks in the roof.

Shadwell Court, in Brettenham, just outside of Thetford, has made it onto the top ten most endangered buildings list. Photo: Shadwells Estate Company LtdShadwell Court, in Brettenham, just outside of Thetford, has made it onto the top ten most endangered buildings list. Photo: Shadwells Estate Company Ltd

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But a spokesman from Shadwell Estate Company said: "Shadwell Court, of which we took occupation in 1992, is a centrepiece to the estate and since then has been a focus of investment for Shadwell.

"Since 2008 alone we have spent over £1.66m on conservation works to maintain the building and keep it in adequate repair including, among many other things, works to renew the roofs, refurbishment works and day to day maintenance.

"Current projects under detailed consideration include the refurbishment of an adjoining cottage and conservation works to the courtyard buildings."

Christopher Costelloe, director of the Victorian Society, said: "This year's top ten endangered buildings is a particularly rich mix, with buildings of amazing quality throughout the country facing demolition or ruin.

"Shadwell Court's owner can easily afford to look after this important building properly. This major country house has been neglected for far too long and it will be a scandal if it isn't put right soon."

Other buildings that have made it onto this year's list include the Queensbury Tunnel in Yorkshire, Everton Library in Liverpool and the Hulme Hippodrome in Manchester.

Following last years top ten endangered buildings, Great Yarmouth Council confirmed it is seeking a developer to restore its Winter Gardens back to community use.

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