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Dorset Heritage Site Saved But More at Risk

Sandsfoot 2012

Published at 7:41am 10th October 2013.

The Heritage At Risk register's revealed there are over 250 sites in Dorset in danger of neglect, decay or inappropriate change.

BUT Sandsfoot castle in Weymouth is NOT one of them - as it's been removed from this year's list published today by English Heritage.

It's one of only seven sites to be rescued in the whole of the south west.

Sandsfoot Castle is grade I listed and a Scheduled Monument.

The castle is one of a pair built by Henry VIII to protect Portland Anchorage, the other being Portland Castle.

Sandsfoot Castle is built on soft clays and has been suffering from on-going erosion and instability.

An HLF grant was used to help fund consolidation and repair works which were completed last year.

Andrew Vines Planning and Conservation Director for the South West said: "We're proud of our many successes in the South West in removing historic sites from the Register and we're on target nationally to save 25% or 1,137 sites that were on our Register in 2010 by 2015. From rescuing the Roman site at Easton Grey to repairing Sandsfoot Castle in Weymouth, these successes are down to good partnerships with owners, developers, the HLF, Natural England, councils and local groups. We hope to build on these partnerships to safeguard the South West's heritage for future generations."

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