Glossop’s Victoria Hall “at risk”

Glossop Library, Victoria Hall
Glossop Library, Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall has been labelled ‘at risk’ by English Heritage in a pilot scheme which assessed grade II listed buildings across the country.

The property, which contains Glossop’s public library, was one of 210 buildings to be deemed in danger out of the 5,000 buildings examined in England.

Surveying the Talbot Street property, which was built for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1887 and became listed in 2000, formed part of one of 19 projects nationwide, carried out by combinations of councils, civic groups and volunteers.

The aim was to help local communities engage with their heritage and use the data collected to prioritise resources in areas most in need.

A spokesman for English Heritage said: “The pilot projects were very successful. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and High Peak Borough Council jointly undertook a pilot project, drawing on local volunteers and professional expertise to survey their areas.

“There are no plans for English Heritage to include ‘at risk’ grade II buildings like Victoria Hall on our own Heritage at Risk register, but many local authorities decide to maintain their own buildings at risk register.”