Countryside Matters 2014 - page 44-45

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Countryside
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CONSTRUCTIVE CONSERVATION
CONSTRUCTIVE CONSERVATION
The projects often contribute to the local economy in many ways including
job creation, tourism and business growth. In a recent study it was revealed
that heritage tourism specificallybrings inan impressive£26billion to theUK
economy annually. In addition, the National Trust, English Heritage and the
HistoricHousesAssociationreportedatotalof8.6millionvisitors in2012and in
areportbyColliers International itwasstatedthat listedbuildingshaveahigher
commercial yield than those thatarenot listed.Businesses inhistoricbuildings
contribute over £47 billion to the UK economy each year and with over 1.4
millionpeopleemployed it’s no surprise that heritageproperties and landare
consideredveryvaluableassetstotheUK.
Whata folly!
RecordsshowthatLouisa,LadyRolle,wasonly26yearsoldwhenshemarriedthe73
yearoldJohn,LordRolle in1822.  Theirunionwaschildless,butthemarriagewas,by
allaccounts,acontentedonewiththecouplespendingmuchoftheirtimecreatingand
elaboratingtherenownedarboretum,pinetumandgardensatBicton.OnLordRolle’s88th
birthday,hiswifepresentedhimwiththesurprisegiftofatower folly–completewith210
interiorsteps.
J.CLoudon,awriterwhovisitedmostofthegreatearly19thcenturygardens, recorded,
afteravisittoBicton inSeptember1840:“Thistower isunderstoodtohavebeenbuilt
byLadyRolle,entirelyunknowntoLordRolle,andundiscoveredbyhim,asanagreeable
surprise forhisbirthday,October16th1839,whenhecompletedhis88thyear;andthe
followingbirthday,LadyRollesurprisedLordRollewiththechinaroom… Itcontains
several rooms; inoneofwhich,appropriatelyfittedup,arichcollectionofchina istastefully
displayed.”
It isnotclearwhetherLordRolleevermanagedtowalktothetopofthetowerhimselfto
enjoythedistantviewsofthesea–orwhetherhewascarriedup inachairbytwo footmen.
Thehistorybooksrecordthathe famouslystumbledtwiceonthestepstothethroneas
hepaidhomagetoQueenVictoriaathercoronation inWestminsterAbbey in1837.
QueenVictoriarecordedthe incident inherowndiary:“PooroldLordRolle,who is87and
dreadfully infirm, inattemptingtoascendthesteps fellandrolledquitedown,butwasnot
the leasthurt;whenheattemptedtore-ascendthem Igotupandadvancedtotheendofthe
steps inordertopreventanother fall.”
FourcategoriesthatareusedbyEnglishHeritagetoassessheritagevalue:
EVIDENTIALVALUE
– looksatthepotentialofaplacetoyieldevidenceaboutpast
humanactivityandachievements, thiscould includeevidenceofapast industryor
religiousactivity.
HISTORICALVALUE
– looksattheways inwhichpastpeople,eventsandaspectsof life
canbeconnectedthroughaplacetothepresent- ittendstobe illustrativeorassociative.
AESTHETICVALUE
–ofaconstructiveconservationprojectconsiderstheways inwhich
peopledrawsensoryand intellectualstimulation fromaplace.Abuildingwithaesthetic
valuecouldberich inarchitectureorartisticexpression.
COMMUNALVALUE
– looksatthemeaningsofaplace forthepeoplewhorelateto it,or
forwhom itplaysarole intheircollectiveexperienceormemory.
Valueadded facts...
TheRoyalWilliamYardwasoncea
RoyalNavyvictuallersyardand is
nowavibrantresidential,cultural
andcommercialhubnext
toPlymouthSound.
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