HISTORIC Holbeche House in Wall Heath, which is linked to Guy Fawkes and the Gun Powder Plot, is to be placed on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

The property has been left boarded up since care home residents moved out after Belsize care company announced it was closing its residential care facility last year.

The Grade II listed property is famous for its links to Guy Fawkes and reportedly bullet holes remained visible inside – hundreds of years after the co-conspirators involved in the Gun Powder Plot met grisly ends in the area.

Council chiefs have been monitoring the site to ensure it remains secure and they have been trying to liaise with the owners to discuss the building’s future.

The council has also written to Historic England to request it be placed on the Heritage at Risk Register and the organisation has confirmed that it will be.

Councillor Paul Bradley, Dudley Council’s deputy leader, said: “The benefit of this is that it will raise the profile of the building further and make it more eligible for external grant assistance.

“Due to the building currently being vacant and no longer in active use as a care home, the owner of the property has firmly secured the property with all windows and doors being boarded up and the site enclosed with security fencing.”

Council chiefs notified Historic England earlier this year about the building being left empty.

A spokesperson for Historic England said: “Built in around 1600, Holbeche House was the scene of the last stand of the Gunpowder Plotters – their leader Robert Catesby was killed there. Listed at Grade II* it is a site of extreme importance in our national story.

“Historic England experts have assessed the building and we can confirm that Holbeche House will be added to the Heritage at Risk Register, which will be published later this year.”