Published November 22, 2017 at 8:51
A building preservation charity in Rossendale is calling on local people to share their memories to help highlight the importance of the area’s rich heritage.
Valley Heritage is asking for people to submit memories, stories, and photographs of historic buildings they think have had a positive impact on the community over the years. These memories will help the charity develop a comprehensive list of at risk buildings.
The charity hopes that the creation of a list for Rossendale will make a case for the regeneration of a number of historic buildings that are currently at risk of demolition or that are falling into decline.
This includes buildings such as the Grade II listed Waterbarn Chapel on Brandwood Road, the former Picture House cinema in Rawtenstall, Horncliffe Mansion on Bury Road and the Grade II listed Waterside Mill in Bacup.
Stephen Anderson, Chairperson of Valley Heritage said: “Across Rossendale, there are an abundance of heritage assets that have played such an important role in shaping the valley into what we see today.
“However, many of these buildings face an uncertain future, with some at risk of being lost forever. That’s why we’re calling on people across Rossendale to share their memories and help shine a light on what makes these buildings special.
“With help from the community, we can start making steps towards bringing these buildings back into use so they can contribute to life in the valley once again.”
Heritage Champion Cllr. McMahon, added: “Memories that local people in Rossendale will have about these buildings will create a fascinating picture about who used the buildings, how they were used and what part they played in the lives of local people. These memories will be used to look at ways in which the buildings could be brought back into reuse and become a part of local communities once again”.
Established by a group of local volunteers in 2015, Valley Heritage is a not-for-profit building preservation trust. The charity’s main aim is to tackle the regeneration of historic buildings that are at risk and relies on grants and public funding to achieve its objectives.
To contribute towards the creation of the ‘At Risk List’, please send your memories, stories and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Valley Heritage on Twitter at @valley_heritage.