Huntshaw hill fort is ‘safe’ but other historic North Devon sites threatened

Berry Castle hill fort has been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register 2016. Picture: Historic E

Berry Castle hill fort has been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register 2016. Picture: Historic England - Credit: Historic England

Historic England has released its Heritage At Risk Register for 2016, with numerous North Devon and Torridge sites listed

An Iron Age hill fort near Torrington has been taken off the ‘at risk’ list but other historic sites in North Devon and Torridge are under threat.

Historic England has published its Heritage at Risk Register for 2016 which lists all the sites in the two districts at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change.

Berry Castle hill fort at Huntshaw has been removed after clearance work by volunteers from the Friends of Berry Castle group and army cadets from Holsworthy and Torrington.

But St Michael and All Angels Church at Torrington has been added, with its condition listed as ‘very bad’, with fractured stonework, damage to lead work and rusting iron beams.

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A Church Tower and Spire Restoration Project is underway and this year the church was awarded a first phase Heritage Lottery grant to develop the project.

Numerous local churches are already on the list, including St Swithun at Littleham and St Helena at Lundy, as well as Holy Trinity at Ilfracombe St Mary Magdalene in South Molton and a new entry for St Michael’s at East Anstey.

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Various ancient barrows are on the list, as is the Ilfracombe conservation area as a whole, with its condition listed as ‘poor’.

Other notable Torridge sites already listed include Richmond Dock at Appledore, Winsford Hospital at Halwill Junction and the World War Two air traffic control tower at Winkleigh airfield.

The full list can be viewed at

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