Nine Derbyshire buildings are officially on the verge of collapse after being added to English Heritage’s “at risk” register.
The threatened buildings include the Church of St John the Evangelist in Eckington, the Church of St Mary in Tissington and the Church of St Peter in Edensor – which recently hosted the funeral for the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.
Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, said: “The next few years will be crucial for at risk sites.
“We can’t give up on these incredibly important historic buildings.”
Dr Anthony Steeten, East Midlands director at English Heritage, added: “When problems arise, both buildings and the communities around them are affected.
“We are prepared to work to find solutions.”
According to the register, parts of St Peter’s Church are considered to be in “poor” condition.
The north nave wall is showing significant whitening possibly due to water ingress over a long period of time, with “defective” guttering thought to be the cause of the problem.
The Grade I listed church was rebuilt by Sir George Gilbert Scott for the seventh Duke of Devonshire in 1867.
English Heritage states St Mary’s Church is “well-maintained” but raises concern over damp staining including to the tympanum over the south door.
In addition, the nave roof needs re-slating in the near future.
St John’s Church has a number of problems, including slipped slates, blocked gutters and gullets and significant woody growths in tower masonry.
Eight buildings in Derbyshire – including the banqueting house at Barlborough Hall, Frith Hall Farm in Brampton and Holy Trinity Church in Middleton by Wirksworth – have now received funding and repairs and are considered to be no longer “at risk”.
• To view the register, visit www.risk.english-heritage.org.uk