A HISTORIC building in Cumbria has been deemed to be ‘at risk’.

Appleby Moot Hall, which is located in the centre of the town, has been added to Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register.

The register lists buildings at risk of being lost and includes buildings, places of worship, monuments, parks and gardens, conservation areas, battlefields and wreck sites.

This includes Grade I, Grade II and Grade II* buildings.

According to the report: “The small market town of Appleby was originally the county town of Westmorland and at its very heart lies the Moot Hall.

“A building of exceptional historical significance, it has stood proudly in the centre of town since 1596 and is one of the few surviving moot halls in England which has retained its original role as the administrative centre for the area.

“It houses the council chamber and office for the town clerk on the first floor, and the Tourist Information Centre and a tenanted shop on the ground floor, all of which contribute to its continuing place at the centre of local life.

“Its special national importance has been recognised through its Grade II* listed status, and local people are determined that this well-loved building will be preserved for future generations.

“The Moot Hall is on Boroughgate, which is part of the local conservation area and runs downhill from the castle towards the medieval St Lawrence’s Church. The River Eden loops around this oldest part of the town and the historic setting and impressive stone buildings have allowed the town to benefit from investment through tourism.

“Surveys have shown that extensive work is needed to address issues with its construction, and enhance its resilience to combat the impact of extreme weather.

“These include improving inadequate gutters and drains, repairing the roof, and removing inappropriate paint and render.

“This investigation has resulted in its inclusion.”