Risks to future of the district’s heritage sites

Pontefract Castle feature
Pontefract Castle feature

A list of historical sites around the district which are at risk of being lost through decay or neglect has been released.

Pontefract Castle and a medieval hermitage in the town are both included in the Heritage At Risk Register.

The castle, which includes ruins and a Saxon cemetery, remains on the register despite £3.5m in funding being secured to restore the site.

Cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund will open parts of the castle up to the public for the first time since the 17th century.

Also on the register is The Hermitage, on Southgate in Pontefract, a holy site which was home to medieval hermits from the 13th century.

Plans are being drawn up by community groups to turn the site in to a museum, which includes a former dispensary which was used for healthcare before the town had a hospital.

Ackworth’s Quaker Meeting House was on the register last year but has been removed after repairs were carried out.

Also removed from the register is The Church of St Mary, on New Road, Badsworth, after cash was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A monument in Ferrybridge which was hit by vandalism has also been taken off the register.