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Isle of Wight location earns treasured listing

Thu 6 Oct 2011

Isle of Wight location earns treasured listing

A new list of the world's most treasured locations includes Quarr Abbey, which could make the venue more popular among those on Isle of Wight holidays.

According to the World Monuments Fund (WMF), the building is one of seven new destinations across the world to be endangered and in need of protection.

Jonathan Foyle, chair of the UK branch of the WMF, said: "Britain has a high level of statutory protection and guardianship, but it also has a very wide and rich heritage and inevitably things fall through the cracks in the floorboards."

As well as Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight, a number of surprising additions were made to the list, including Preston Bus Station, which was noted for its "British Brutalism" style.

Mr Foyle added: "We are independent and non-governnmental and we see it as our job to stick up for the underdogs, to flag up the importance of places that might not immediately strike everyone."

The medieval ruin of Quarr Abbey is said by the body to be in need of repair, while the organisation said it hopes to garner support for the rebuilding of the facility as a result of adding it to the list.

Quarr Abbey is a monastery that dates back to the earliest years of the 20th century, while Queen Victoria was said to be a regular visitor to the location during her regular Isle of Wight holidays, while Osborne House is also known to have been a favourite place of the monarch.

Monks at the venue run a guest house, with visitors encouraged to get involved in the daily life at the abbey during their stay.

Tours of Quarr Abbey are also run on a regular basis, although these have to be booked, with attendees learning all about Saint Benedict, the history of the community, the architecture of the church and the daily life of the monks during the trip.

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