A historic house near the banks of the River Mersey may be listed by English Heritage, which would spare it from destruction.
Andrew Gibson House in Egremont has become a “priority case” for the organisation after 3,600 people signed a petition to stop its demolition. The Wirral building, which was constructed in 1906, used to be a home for seafarers’ widows, including the wives of men lost at sea.
While much needed work would have to be carried out at the house to return it to its former glory, such as turfing and the repair of paving, Wirral Council will abide by the petition to keep the bulldozers away for now.
The building has been left derelict for over 10 years, with a previous application for the house to be listed having been rejected a decade ago. After this, the charity that owned the site, Nautilus Welfare Fund, “reluctantly” applied to have the structure demolished.
Nautilus will now enter into discussions once more about what to do with Andrew Gibson House, with the stated aim of keeping the building intact. With the house having been described as a unique part of the UK’s welfare and maritime history, the new development could be enough to see English Heritage approve its application for listed status.
A statement released by the organisation, which aims to protect England’s historical legacy, said that it had received the nomination for the building to be listed. As such, it would now begin to compile its advice about Andrew Gibson House, which will then be sent to the Department for Culture Media and Support. This government department will then make the final decision about whether it will be given protected status.
With the building’s case having been made a priority, it is hoped that a final decision will not be too long in the making.