Cash for historic buildings in North Wales

St Gredifael's ChurchHistoric buildings across North Wales are sharing in grants worth over £360,000 to help preserve the region’s heritage

Among them are an Anglesey church with Tudor connections, a fine example of high Victorian gothic in Rhyl, and one of the most significant medieval towers in North Wales.

The cash is coming from the Welsh Assembly Government’s historic building grants which totals nearly £1m for Wales this year.

WAG hands out the cash so important heritage sites can get essential maintenance, repairs and upgrades for generations to come.

One of the region’s big winners is St Gredifael’s Church which is getting £78,400 towards a scheme repairs to renovate the fabric of the church

The unspoilt medieval church has immense local and national historic interest for its connection with the Tudor family of Plas Penmynydd, closely related to the Tudor royal dynasty.

Prominently situated St Thomas Church, on Russell Road, Rhyl, is also receiving £54,000 for the church’s stoneworks.

Described as a fine example of “high Victorian gothic”, the church was completed in 1867 and the spire in 1875.

The Rev Canon John Glover said: “It’s really good news.

“10 years ago Cadw had agreed to a programme to restore the church and the sandstone which had been worn away by the sea.

“This is the last phase.”

Another important historic building is Tower, Nercwys near Mold, which will get £6,000 for stone repair works.

The Grade 1 listed building is the only Welsh fortified border house still standing, retaining many of its original features, and is a one of the most significant examples of medieval domestic architecture.

Owner of Tower, Charles Wynne-Eyton, said: “The grant will go towards the pointing of the house at the front and back.

“It is 30% of the costs and we still have to find 70%.

“It is an excellent building and has to be looked after.”

Speaking following the announcement Alun Ffred Jones, WAG Minister for Heritage, said “I am delighted to offer these grants for building repairs.

“They are for a wide range of historic buildings across Wales, reflecting our rich heritage. Funding will ensure that these important properties are restored and maintained for the enjoyment of future generations.”

In total 24 buildings across Wales are benefiting from the grants.

Source: Daily Post

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