chapter  11
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High conservation

Introduction Ancient monuments, churches in use, a minority of outstanding buildings, and, indeed, engineering structures, are so intrinsically fine and owe their interest, character, and beauty so much to what they are, rather than any possible reinterpretation or new use, that they must be preserved intact, unaltered, and, if necessary, unused. It is a mark of a civilized society that this be so. A small proportion of barns, parish churches, viaducts, and - to widen our scope a little - eighteenth-century landscaped parks are, to misuse an expression of DoE secretary of state Nicholas Ridley, 'perfectly useless'.