Ripon ‘disgraces’ on influential conservation register

Low Skellgate, Ripon
Low Skellgate, Ripon

The Turks Head Pub in Ripon has been listed on an influential conservation charity’s ‘at risk’ register.

The Turks Head, along with the former Maltings and 36 Low Skellgate have joined other historic buildings in North Yorkshire on the annual catalogue of buildings at riskc published at the beginning of this month by conservation charity,SAVE Britain’s Heritage’s.

Each year the heritage group shines a spotlight on 100 or so historic buildings in need of repair throughout England and Wales.

These crumbling gems are also added to an online database which has been running since 1989 with the aim of attracting suitable people to take them on and restore them to their former glory.

Although very different in architectural style and original purpose all the buildings share a common need for a new use and a saviour to take them on and restore them to their former glory.

Ripon’s Civic Society refers to the Turks Head and 36 Low Skellgate as ‘disgraces’.

They are within a conservation area on Low Skellgate, a steep medieval street that winds down from the centre of the city towards the River Skell.

The pub closed three years ago and has been boarded up every since .

The council has written to the owner threatening to serve a Section 215 Notice, which requires the outside of the building to be tidied up, but to date nothing has happened.

The pub dates from the mid-18th century.