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Castle tower no longer in danger
Oxford Castle
The castle - formerly used as a prison - is being redeveloped
A castle tower is no longer on a list of the country's most at risk historic buildings thanks to a major facelift.

English Heritage revealed that Oxford Castle's St George's Tower was not on the 2005 edition of its Buildings at Risk Register, released on Thursday.

Repairs to the roof, stonework and timber of the four-storey tower - the earliest stone structure in the castle - have secured its future.

The castle has had almost 4m in Lottery and English Heritage funding.

'Crumble and decay'

The county council is working with a commercial developer to transform the castle site into a hotel, heritage centre, restaurants and apartments.

Meanwhile, Culham Railway Station has also been removed from the register.

The station, the only Isambard Kingdom Brunel railway station design of its kind, has seen its Victorian ticket office and waiting room repaired.

The English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register is a list of nearly 1,430 of the nation's most vulnerable Grade I and II* buildings and monuments.

Dr Andy Brown, regional director of English Heritage South East, said: "Oxford has many fascinating historic structures, and it is very rewarding to have been involved in helping preserve some of them.

"But there is still much more to do. Although progress is being made, some of our unique historic assets are being allowed to crumble and decay."

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