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估計有百年歷史的樓房牆基遺跡位於閣麟街 27-35 號，現時被鐵絲網圍封，估計屬政府官地，亦是市區重建局 H18 重建項目地盤 C 範圍之內。遺跡包括青磚牆及花崗石基座，近兩層高，歷史學者高添強估計為十九世紀中後期建築，古蹟復修專家王鴻強從物料分析亦有相約推斷，估計為民居，經歷百年保留至今。比對當年的照片，遺跡有可能是現時最古老的維多利亞城民居建築。現時遺跡的位置，在市建局計劃中，將來是公共空間，並不影響樓宇的佈局，原址保留為中環添上歷史的意義，亦可改建休憩用地，達至保育為居民的雙贏方案。
另外，城西關注組成員張朝敦亦發現在嘉咸街及卑利街上有大範圍近百年歷史的路邊石渠，由結志街向下伸延至威靈頓街。根據工務局 1920 年代的報告， 這些石渠分别建於 1922 及 1928 年，以三行花崗石砌成。張朝敦表示有如此大範圍的古石渠實屬罕有，估計是因市集路面一直被檔販覆蓋而不被破壞，能完整保留下來。
而位於卑利街 21 號的古老招牌，近日因拆卸工程即將展開而顯露出來，原來是曾經售賣坡柴坡炭的「英記堅炭」，這類店舖今天已絕跡，這古老招牌是反映當時民間生活並具保育價值的文物。
聯署日期至 2015 年 11 月 20 日
Please sign to save the heritage properties in Graham Street market
The Central & Western Concern Group and Sai Wan Concern would like to bring to your urgent attention three heritage discoveries in the Graham Street Market area, which is located within the Urban Renewal Authority’s H18 redevelopment area. First, walls and foundations of tenement houses can be found in No. 27-35 Cochrane Street, located within Site C of the H18 area. According to historian Mr Tim Ko, these houses are believed to be built around mid- to late-19th century. The walls were built with blue bricks while the foundations were built with granite stones. Right now, parts of these remains are surrounded by fences (within government land), but demolition works in the vicinity have started. It is important to carry out immediate investigation, and protection from the demolition works is required.
Second, an extensive network of granite roadside drains have been found along Graham Street and Peel Street, running downhill from Gage Street to Wellington Street. According to reports from the Public Works Department from the 1920s, these drains are believed to be constructed in 1922-1928 and are probably the last extensive remains of its kind in Hong Kong. Right now, demolition of sites in the surrounding URA area is taking place and care must be taken to avoid damaging these historic drains.
Third, an old shop sign 英記堅炭 has been discovered in No. 21 Peel Street. This belongs to a shop selling charcoal and firewood located here many years ago. An old kai fong (in her late 60s) told us that she used to buy from this shop when she was a little girl. This old shop sign is only revealed recently after layers of shop sign which covered it have been removed. Under 英記堅炭 there is another line showing probably a later shop here (德榮筵席專家兼營社團福食). This set of shop signs is a valuable heritage which reflects the nature of shops in this historic street market over many years. It is important that these signs are preserved.
These three heritage discoveries have not been reported by the URA before or during its redevelopment. We has repeatedly asked the URA to provide its heritage report (or heritage impact assessment) for this historic market area, but nothing could be obtained from the URA so far. We are extremely worried that valuable heritage items will be destroyed during the redevelopment process. This is a great opportunity for the Government and the URA to save some important heritage from this historic street market. We would like to request an immediate investigation to be undertaken by AMO on the above mentioned heritage items. Grading may be required for some of the items. Any demolition and construction works which may impact on these items must be halted immediately. We believe all three heritage items should be preserved.
We would like to request the following to the Government, the URA and the AAB. It would help Hong Kong people take care of our heritage properties.
1) An immediate investigation to be undertaken by AMO on the above mentioned heritage items and a historical grading for the drain system
2) We request the URA to stop demolition works which may impact on the heritage properties. A detailed heritage report and a conservation plan for these items must be produced and made available for public comments
3) Preserve the heritage properties in-situ including the extensive network of granite roadside drains and walls and foundations of tenement houses on Cochrane Street
Katty Law (Central and Western Concern Group)
Charlton Cheung (Sai Wan Concern)
Yuen Chi Yan (Living in Kwuntong)
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