Grade II listed former Tolly Cobbold brewery in Ipswich included on Victorian Society’s top ten endangered list

The former Tolly Cobbold brewery in Ipswich.

The former Tolly Cobbold brewery in Ipswich. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

An Ipswich landmark has been listed by a historical society as one of the most endangered in the country.

The former Tolly Cobbold brewery is a Grade II listed building in Cliff Road built in 1896.

It has been unused since 2002 although a company, Pigeon Investment Management, was granted outline planning permission two years ago to develop the site.

Now though the Victorian Society, which campaigns to preserve Victorian and Edwardian buildings, has included the brewery on its 2015 Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings list.

It said inclusion on its Top Ten often leads to national exposure and new interest in the buildings selected which can help save them.


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The list has been launched by comedian, actor, writer and presenter Griff Rhys Jones, vice president of the Victorian Society, who urged people in a video message to publicise the list because “they are buildings that need help and we need you to help them”.

Director of the Victorian Society Christopher Costelloe said: “All the buildings in this year’s top 10 are listed buildings, meaning that the Government has recognised their national importance.

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“These buildings illustrate Britain’s history in tangible form. All of them deserve better than their current situations.

“I urge the public to share the top 10 list, and Griff’s message, to help raise awareness to find the investment they desperately need.”

Also on the list are Grade I listed Kinmel Hall in Wales, dubbed the ‘discount Downton’, Grade I listed Sheerness Boat Store in Kent and the Grade II listed Central Plaza Hotel in Carlisle.

With regards to the brewery Mr Costelloe added: “We’re grateful to everyone who nominated the former Tolly Cobbold brewery. It deserves better than lying empty.”

A spokesman from Pigeon Investment Management, was unavailable for comment.

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