One of the county’s greatest private houses, Lilford Hall has been listed on Historic England’s At Risk Register.
“The roof covering is in poor condition leading to water ingress and distress to the upper storeys. The front bays require structural attention. A schedule of urgent repairs has been identified but not implemented, and no long-term solution has been agreed.”
Originally built in 1635, the house has undergone many additions and alterations over the centuries. Located near Pilton, south of Oundle, The grade 1 listed stately home has over one hundred rooms of historical relevance and impressive architecture and sits in 350 acres of parkland. The estate’s website has had extensive plans for restoration projects for a number of years. The website’s photo gallery shows images of inhabited stately rooms, as well as rooms and corridors in advanced stages of decay.
Locally, Barnwell Castle is also listed on the At Risk Register.
If Historic England has concerns about the state of a listed building, it can send a letter to an owner requesting a site visit for inspection by relevant professionals. If a proposed schedule of urgent work is not carried out, under section 54 of the Listed Buildings Act, the Secretary of State can give Historic England the authority to carry out the works, and the local authority may require the owner to pay the costs.
East Northamptonshire Council said they had not served any notices under section 54 in the last ten years.