HMS COLOSSUS SITE ADDED TO 'AT RISK' REGISTER

The wreck of the HMS Colossus off the Isles of Scilly has been added to Historic England's 'At risk' register. 

The Colossus, a 74-gun warship sunk off the islands in December 1798, joins 35 other heritage sites on Scilly deemed to be at risk due to concerns about their condition. 

 

The wreck has been added to the list because material on the sea bed 'continues to be exposed and vulnerable. Once exposed, the archaeological remains of the wreck are at risk of getting dispersed around the protected area as well as further afield and are at immediate risk of loss.'

 

Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register, updated every year, identifies those sites that are most at risk of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development. 

 

The South West has over a quarter of the nationally-important sites in England. Some 103 sites in the region have been repaired and removed from the register, while 82 have been added.

 

Other at risk areas on Scilly include the gig shed on the north coast of Great Porth on Bryher, the Woolpack Battery on the Garrison and St Nicholas' Priory on Tresco.

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