Report: Nearly 10% of Welsh historic buildings in jeopardy

THE splendid Whiteford Lighthouse, a spectacular sentinel over the Burry Estuary in Gower, Swansea, since 1865 is one of more than 2,000 ancient buildings in Wales at risk of being lost forever.

It is joined on a new list of buildings under threat by the grade II listed pithead building at the old Navigation Colliery in Crumlin, Caerphilly.

The 100-year-old pithead buildings have now stood largely untouched for more than 30 years and Pontypool Park Estates have spent £750,000 on its upkeep.

But Cadw, Wales’ ancient monuments organisation warns it is at risk of being lost.

A new Buildings at Risk in Wales report by the organisation warns while the vast majority (73%) of Wales’s 30,000 listed buildings are not at risk, almost 10% of the total (2,882) are classified at risk, while another 5,145 are vulnerable.

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