Wales spends to save its historic fabric

Archivist note: We first reported this story here. There is now a complete list of buildings receiving grant money for restoration.

St Gredifael's ChurchWales’s oldest theatre, its largest chapel and an Anglesey church with Tudor connections are among 24 historic buildings sharing funding of £999,124 announced today by Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones.

The Welsh Assembly Government historic building grants have been offered to carry out essential repairs and restoration work to these buildings across Wales.

Grants of particular interest include:

The Savoy Theatre, Church Street, Monmouth, Monmouthshire
The Savoy Theatre in Monmouth is the oldest theatre in Wales and has exceptional interest as a rare and little altered example of a small cinema from the intra war period in Wales. Grant of £39,300 offered towards repairs to restore the front elevation of the building.

Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston, Swansea
Listed grade I, Tabernacle Chapel is perhaps the largest, grandest chapel in Wales with striking exterior presence, and a virtually unaltered interior and fittings. Grant of £100,000 offered towards a scheme of works to refurbish the chapel’s historic exterior.

St Gredifael’s Church, Penymynydd, Llangefni, Anglesey
St Gredifael’s Church is an unspoilt medieval church of charming rural style which has immense local and national historic interest for its connection with the Tudor family of Plas Penmynydd, closely related to the Tudor royal dynasty. Grant of £78,400 offered towards a scheme of repairs to the historic fabric of the church.

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Alun Ffred Jones, Minister for Heritage, said, “Funding will ensure that these important properties are restored and maintained for the enjoyment of future generations.”

The funding will be shared across Wales between the following projects:

Golden Grove, Llanasa, Flintshire
A complete Elizabethan house which incorporates a smaller, 17th century secondary house., Both have important interior detail from the late 16th to 17th centuries. Grant of £3,703 offered towards repairs to the chimneys and gables.

Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston, Swansea
Listed grade I, Tabernacle Chapel is perhaps the most ambitious grand chapel in Wales with striking exterior presence, and a virtually unaltered interior and fittings. Grant of £100,000 offered towards a scheme of works to refurbish the chapel’s historic exterior.

Animal Wall, Castle Street, Cardiff
One of the best loved Cardiff landmarks, the wall was designed by William Burges as part of the Cardiff Castle complex. Grant of £62,922 offered towards the repair of the wall to include re-pointing and restoration of metal railings and famous stone animals.

Hywel Sele Lodge, Nannau, Dolgellau, Gwynedd
Hywel Sele Lodge is an interesting early 19th century folly-lodge which forms a fascinating part of the landscape of the Nannau Estate. Grant of £31,800 offered towards works to repair the roof, chimneys, windows and doors.

Church Rooms, Abererch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd
The Church rooms were built in the early to mid 19th century as a parson’s gig house, later adapted as a parish room. Grant of £16,500 offered towards the complete renovation of the building to a domestic dwelling.

Tower, Nercwys Road, Mold, Flintshire
The Tower is one of the most significant examples of medieval domestic architecture in north Wales and retains much of its original features. Grant of £6,000 offered towards stonework repairs.

Capel Peniel, Trefriw, Conwy
Capel Peniel is an imposing and strikingly sited chapel dating form 1910, built in the Gothic style. Grant of £43,099 towards repairing water damage.

Retaining Wall at St Mary’s Church, Minera, Wrexham
The traditional stone wall surrounding St Mary’s Church in Minera is made of rubble stonework and is very much a feature of the Minera conservation area. Grant of £9,000 offered towards the rebuilding and re-pointing of the wall.

Y Goleuad, Victoria Dock, Caernarfon, Gwynedd
Y Goleuad, a former warehouse, completed in 1874 and contemporary with Victoria Dock. Grant of £35,000 offered towards a scheme of external repair works.

The Savoy Theatre, Church Street, Monmouth, Monmouthshire
The Savoy Theatre in Monmouth is the oldest theatre in Wales and has exceptional interest as a rare and little altered example of a small cinema from the intra war period in Wales. Grant of £39,300 offered towards repairs to restore the front elevation of the building.

Cefn Caer (Barn and Stables), Pennal, Machynlleth, Gwynedd
A rare survival for this region of Wales, Cefn Caer is a remarkably well preserved sub medieval house of gentry status. Grant of £70,000 offered for roof repairs.

St Cadoc’s Church, Llancarfan, Vale of Glamorgan
St Cadoc’s is an interesting church of mainly 14th and 15th century origins and a fine interior including splendid medieval choir stalls. Grant of £60,000 offered towards a comprehensive scheme of works to address water damage.

St Mellon’s Church, St Mellons, Cardiff
St Mellon’s Church retains much of its fine work of the 14th, 15th and early 16th centuries and contains memorials to several local families of the parish. Grant of £10,000 offered towards works to re-slate the chancel roof.

St Gredifael’s Church, Penymynydd, Llangefni, Ynys Mon
St Gredifael’s Church is an unspoilt medieval church of charming rural style which has immense local and national historic interest for its connection with the Tudor family of Plas Penmynydd, closely related to the Tudor royal dynasty. Grant of £78,400 offered towards a scheme of repairs to the historic fabric of the church.

St Bartholomew’s Church, Llanover, Monmouthshire
A small parish church in an imposing position set close to a bend on the river Usk about a mile from Llanover village, St Bartholomew’s has a fine ashlar west tower. Grant of £114,800 offered towards a scheme of repairs to the historic fabric of the church.

St Anno’s Church, Llananno, Llandrindod Wells, Powys
A small 19th century parish church, St Anno’s is notable for many of its fine features including its exceptional rood screen. (A rood is a screen that appears in some Victorian churches between the alter and pews. They are often highly decorated and rarely seen today.) Grant of £18,400 offered towards works to the roof and stonework repairs.

St Cawrdaf’s Church, Abererch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd
A church of the 14th and 15th centuries, St Cawrdaf’s roof has arched based trusses, some of which retain cusped struts (this refers to the rood structure). Grant of £9,000 offered towards internal repair works following an outbreak of dry rot.

St. Thomas Church, Russell Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire
Prominently sited within the town of Rhyl and a fine example of high Victorian gothic, the church was completed in 1867 and the spire in 1875. Grant of £54,000 offered towards a scheme of repairs to the stonework of the church.

St Cadoc’s Church, Glynneath, Neath Port Talbot
St Cadoc’s church was originally a 17th century chapel which was rebuilt in the early 19th century with later additions to the chancel. Its walls are adorned with many plaques and memorials which add to the historical significance of the earlier 17th century chapel. Grant of £40,000 offered towards works to re-roof the church and the repair of wall monuments and stained galls windows.

St Dyfan & St Teilo’s Church, Merthyr Dyfan, Vale of Glamorgan
Though only a short distance from Barry, this church is situated in a rural setting. It is a late medieval building which retains much of its original character. Grant of £8,000 offered towards re-plastering works to the interior.

St Peter’s Church, Church Hill, Lampeter, Ceredigion
St Peter’s Church is one of the most notable High Victorian Gothic churches in west Wales. Grant of £40,000 offered towards a scheme of works to remedy water damage.

St Bridget’s Church, Skenfrith, Monmouthshire
St Bridget’s is an important medieval church which has been minimally restored so as to retain its historic character from the various stages of its construction. It has an exceptionally fine interior. Grant of £130,000 offered towards repairs to the roof, drainage and masonry.

St Edeyrn’s Church, Old Llanedyrn Village, Cardiff
St Edeyrn’s Church is a small medieval church which retains much of its original historic fabric. Grant of £12,000 offered towards the lime washing of the exterior of the church.

Christ Church, Prestatyn, Denbighshire
Set on an elevated site just above Prestatyn High Street, Christ Church is a key feature of the Denbighshire townscape with its tower in particular being very prominent. Grant of £7,200 offered towards the repointing of the tower.

Source: NewsWales

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