Two South Tyneside buildings classed as ‘at risk’ in new book

10 Mile End Road, South Shields, is featured in a book about buildings at risk.
10 Mile End Road, South Shields, is featured in a book about buildings at risk.

Two sites in South Tyneside are featured in a book about buildings at risk.

Falling In Love: Buildings at Risk has been catalogued by Save Britain’s Heritage, the first organisation to launch a register detailing the UK’s listed and unlisted buildings in need of owners and new uses.

The anti-aircraft supply depot in East Boldon is also considered to be at risk.

The anti-aircraft supply depot in East Boldon is also considered to be at risk.

The book, set to be released on June 22, is thought of as the ultimate ‘lonely hearts’ list for buildings across the country.

The first borough structure featured in the publication is 10 Mile End Road, in South Shields.

The corner plot started life as a Victorian residence and has since been through many incarnations.

Built in the Italian Renaissance style, it incorporated a ballroom and stage for an orchestra, which was adapted for use by touring vaudeville and circus shows.

We also hope to inspire the many individuals and groups who campaign to save the buildings that make places special.

Liz Fuller, Save Britain’s Heritage

It has since been a cinema and a bingo club and amusement centre.

Today, the building remains largely vacant, apart from weekend use as a bar in a small part of it. It is recognised on the local list of significant heritage assets as a distinctive and much-loved local landmark.

It is in need of a new use that will see the whole building brought back into occupation.

The second building is the anti-aircraft supply depot and former Ministry of Defence bunker and medical store, in Boldon Flats, East Boldon.

The Second World War military depot was one of two supply depots for the Tyne and Wear area.

Boldon Flats served Sunderland and played a vital role in protecting the area from aerial bombardment.

Liz Fuller, a risk officer at Save, said: “Save’s new buildings at risk catalogue aims to introduce buildings at risk from around the country to those with the determination and imagination necessary to save them.

“We also hope to inspire the many individuals and groups who campaign to save the buildings that make places special.”

Order the book online for £15 at www.savebritainsheritage.org/publications