Campaigners are calling to save a historic Liverpool City Region building which has been named one of 10 endangered sites.
The Victorian Society says the Grade II-listed Cannington Shaw no.7 Bottle Shop in St Helens “deserves much better” as it is falling into disrepair.
Also a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the building was once claimed to be the largest bottle making factory in the country and us one of only two surviving examples of a 19th Century glass furnace dedicated to making bottles that employed the Siemens-patented tank furnace.
Built in 1886, the Bottle Shop remained in production until 1918 before being used as a store and then a Second World War air raid shelter.
Christopher Costelloe, director of the national Victorian Society charity which recognises endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales, says: “There is absolutely no doubt that the Cannington Shaw no.7 Bottle Shop deserves much better than it has been afforded these last decades.
“Such an important historic and architectural building should be lauded as one of the few surviving physical reminders of St Helens’s industrial heritage, and yet it is shut-up and ignored and is steeply falling into disrepair. But there is still time to turn this around, and revitalise the Bottle Shop to give it the recognition it deserves.”
The charity hopes that increased publicity of the Bottle Shop, along with the nine other sites on its list, will help to save it.
Other buildings on the Top 10 Endangered Buildings List, which is now in its 10th year, include The Great Northern Railway Warehouse in Derby, Fison’s Fertiliser Factory in Suffolk, The New Tiger’s Head in London, Chapels at Ince-in-Majerfield near Wigan, The Leas Pavilion on Folkestone, Buckley’s Brewery Maltings in Llanelli, Chance’s Glassworks in Smethwick, Feversham Street First School in Bradford and St Andrew’s Church in Huddersfield.