BRIGHTON Racecourse remains one of the historic sites in Brighton and Hove and is in danger of being lost forever.

A total of 18 sites across the city are on the Register of Heritage in Danger.

Published by Heritage England, the list is used by national and local governments to identify structures in need of protection in order to secure their future.

In Sussex, three sites were added to the register – William Blake’s former Grade II listed cottage in Felpham, Bognor, Christchurch Church in St Leonards, and St Thomas and the English Martyrs Church in Hastings.

Across the South East, 20 sites have been saved and 15 sites have been added to this year’s list.

Here is a list of the 18 Brighton and Hove sites that remain on the Heritage at Risk Register:

Brighton Racecourse

Condition: Very bad

Originally an ice rink built in 1896, the building was transformed into a racecourse in 1901.

The ornate plaster casts of the auditorium are particularly threatened.

A new private owner acquired the building and carried out urgently needed repairs.

Historic England and Brighton and Hove City Council are engaged in pre-application discussions regarding further building repairs and potential uses.

Madeira Terrace, Brighton (elevator tower and related buildings)

Condition: Very bad

The 850 meters of cast iron arches known as the Madeira Terrace are in very poor condition and are deteriorating.

Its structural stability is a serious concern, which has resulted in the closure of the more than 170 bays to the public.

Brighton and Hove City Council has appointed a design team to develop options for the first phase of the restoration work.

53 Place Brunswick, Hove

Condition: Bad

The Grade I listed building is largely vacant. The rear elevation and outbuildings are in poor condition and parts of the building are uninhabitable.

Urgent work has been done to make the building weatherproof and waterproof, but full repairs are still needed and no long-term solutions are in place.

The West Pier, Brighton

L'Argus: the west jetty

Condition: Very bad

The West Pier was designed by Eugenius Birch and opened in 1866.

Historic England said the combination of significant damage and repair costs makes restoration from public funds unprofitable.

In 2013, the east side of the structure collapsed as a result of cold weather conditions, and in 2014 other main supports on the east side were washed away.

Marlborough House, Brighton

Condition: Bad

The house was built in 1765 and remodeled in 1786 by Robert Adam.

Some repair and restoration work was carried out, especially on the plaster walls and ceilings.

There have been more recent discussions about potential new uses for the building.

St Patrick’s Church, Hove

Condition: Bad

The church, which has problems with its roof and raised gutters, is closed, but used by the YMCA as an overnight shelter for the homeless.

The future use of this church is uncertain.

Saltdean Lido

L'Argus: Saltdean Lido

Condition: Bad

While the pool is open, the building remains largely closed and requires extensive concrete repairs and a general upgrade.

The Saltdean Community Interest Company has a 60-year lease and has submitted a Planning and Building Permit for its repair and reuse.

Significant funding has come from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Coastal Communities, Social Business Investment Funds and Brighton and Hove City Council.

Church of All Saints, Hove

Condition: Bad

The late Victorian dressed stone church in the late Victorian era had a leaky roof over the north wing and organ repaired in 2013.

Recent work included emergency stone repairs to window mullions and major repairs to the upper levels of the northeast and southeast towers.

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Brighton

Condition: Very bad

The old Victoria building recently underwent emergency repairs.

They included work on masonry, masonry and roofs, and were funded by Covid-19 Emergency Grants for Heritage at Risk.

The Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton

L'Argus: The Gardens of the Royal Pavilion

Condition: Important important issues

Restored in 1990, high levels of visitor use and recreational pressure affect the condition and distinctiveness of the garden.

According to Heritage England, the vulnerability of the sites is high.

St. Peter’s Church, Brighton

Condition: Bad

Designed by Sir Charles Barry and built between 1824 and 1828, the church underwent various repairs to its tower and roof.

Other phases of work are planned for the building, including possible redevelopment work.

Cliff East, Brighton

Condition: Very bad

The conservation area is described as ‘deteriorating’ by Heritage England.

Church of St Paul, Brighton

Condition: Bad

The church was designed by Richard Cromwell Carpenter in 1846.

Large fragments of stone and flint fell from the tower, which adjoins a busy shopping street.

Benfield Barn, Brighton

Condition: Very bad

The Grade II listed conservation area is described as ‘deteriorating’ by Heritage England.

Benfield Barn is the city’s smallest conservation area.

Old Town, Brighton

Condition: Very bad

The conservation area is “improving”, according to Heritage England – but still remains on the at-risk register.

Queen’s Park, Brighton

Condition: Bad

The park has an animal garden planted by a local herbalist and a pond in its center.

However, the conservation area is deteriorating.

Sackville Gardens, Hove

Condition: Bad

The conservation area, which was built on a housing estate at the end of the 19th century, is described as “deteriorating”.

Valley Gardens, Brighton

Condition: Very bad

The conservation area is made up of tall houses, mostly from the end of the 18th century.

Heritage England says the site is “improving”.

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