Holbeche House to be listed on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register

Holbeche House circa 1912 - courtesy of Historic England Archives

Holbeche House, famous for its links to Guy Fawkes and the Gun Powder Plot, is set to be listed on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

The property has been left boarded up since care home residents moved out after it closed as a residential care facility last year.

The building is already a Grade II* listed property and the council has been monitoring the site to ensure it remains secure and seeking to work with the owners to discuss the building’s future. Councillor Paul Bradley, Dudley Council’s deputy leader, said:

“The benefit of this is that it will raise the profile of the building further and make it more eligible for external grant assistance.

“Due to the building currently being vacant and no longer in active use as a care home, the owner of the property has firmly secured the property with all windows and doors being boarded up and the site enclosed with security fencing.”

A spokesperson for Historic England added: “Built in around 1600, Holbeche House was the scene of the last stand of the Gunpowder Plotters – their leader Robert Catesby was killed there. Listed at Grade II* it is a site of extreme importance in our national story.

“Historic England experts have assessed the building and we can confirm that Holbeche House will be added to the Heritage at Risk Register, which will be published later this year.”


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