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The gutters at Beverley Road Baths have been cleaned ahead of National Gutters Day.

The ‘incredibly important’ reason for cleaning gutters at Hull’s historic buildings

Did you know it’s “incredibly important” that gutters in historic properties are cleaned regularly?

That’s why buildings in Beverley Road, Pearson Park and Whitefriargate received their annual gutter cleanse this month.

It comes ahead of National Gutters Day tomorrow – a gentle, light-hearted reminder from the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings on the importance of keeping gutters clean.

That is why teams behind the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme and Pearson Park Heritage Lottery Project – both funded in part by the National Lottery Heritage Scheme – plus the Humber High Street Challenge in Whitefriargate came together to raise awareness of the importance of clearing gutters over winter.

Dave Dunton, townscape heritage project officer for the Beverley Road scheme, assisted with the clearance at Beverley Road Baths.

He said: “It’s incredibly important that gutters, especially in historic properties like we have on Beverley Road, are properly maintained to ensure their long-term survival and preventing unwanted leaks and water damage.

Teams behind the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme, Pearson Park Heritage Lottery Project and the Humber High Street Challenge.

Teams behind the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme, Pearson Park Heritage Lottery Project and the Humber High Street Challenge.

“Now is the best time of year to inspect your gutters, after the leaves have fallen.”

Undertaking gutter cleaning in Whitefriargate also helped to raise awareness of the campaign among city centre shoppers. Many buildings in Whitefriargate are listed due to their historic significance and architectural features.

Mr Dunton said: “Raising awareness among wider audiences on how best to care for historic buildings is key to ensuring that Hull Old Town remains in a good condition for residents and visitors to enjoy over the long term.”

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