A HISTORIAN has called for protection for two landmarks in Southend - including the iconic Crowstone at Chalkwell - which are at “serious risk of deterioration”.

Historic England has added 175 places to its heritage at risk register of buildings under threat as a result of decay, neglect or inappropriate development, including one in Westcliff and one in Shoebury.

The Crowstone, at Chalkwell Beach and Shoebury’s Manor House in Suttons Road, have been named on the list, sparking calls for them to be protected.

Historian Marion Pearce said the Crowstone - and another similar obelisk in Priory Park - was visited by London’s lord mayors in the 16th and 17th centuries.

They are “vital” to Southend, Ms Pearce said.

She added: “These show Southend was considered a key player and very well respected by London, the lord mayors didn’t just visit any old places.

“There were huge lavish celebrations in Southend in the 16th and 17th centuries, these are Southend and we can’t be losing our heritage and history like this.

“The stones also have the list of dignitaries from Southend on them and these are so important to the city.”

The Manor House dates back to 1681 and is on Ministry of Defence land, but the building has fallen into disrepair after rot and water damage affecting the home.

The property has been vacant for many years and items damaged by rainwater were repaired in 2018, but the overall condition of the building continues to decline.

Derek Jarvis, Southend Tory spokesman for culture, said: “Manor House is one of or the oldest building in Southend and we’ve got to make sure we keep these sites which are important, like the Crowstones.

“The house could become a place that visitors could walk around and learn about and it’s so important due to its age.

“I am pleased these are being highlighted and these landmarks need to be looked after to keep them there.”

Last August, the 185-year-old Crowstone, which stands proudly on Chalkwell Beach, was granted Grade II listed status.

The eight-metre tall obelisk was built between 1836 and 1837 to mark the eastern boundary of the City of London’s control over the River Thames.