£240,800 to repair Wales’ best historic buildings

Thursday 12 September 2013

The Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths, has announced that some of Wales's finest historic buildings are set to benefit from £240,800 of funding.

£240,800 to repair Wales’ best historic buildings

£240,800 to repair Wales’ best historic buildings

In total nine projects across the country will receive Welsh Government grants - ranging from £7,000 to £40,000 - for essential repairs and restoration work.

John Griffiths said: 'These grants will ensure that some of our most important buildings are restored and maintained for the enjoyment of future generations.

'With the use of traditional skills this capital funding will go towards safeguarding the future of buildings that have played an important part in Welsh history and provide substantial community regeneration benefits.

'Projects like this are key to keeping our past alive as well as boosting the local economy in the future and play a very important role in selling Wales and its culture to the world.'

The historic buildings to benefit from the grant allocation, which will be distributed via the Welsh Government's historic environment service - Cadw, are:

Saron Church, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent
Saron Chapel is a striking grade II listed building with a number of community uses, for example, a foodbank is operated from there and it is used as a Community First centre. The £25,000 funding will contribute to the removal and replacement of the outside render.

The Old Police Station, Bridgend
The Old Police Station is grade II listed in the centre of Porthcawl that is being used as a Tourist Information Office and Museum.  The building is in a vulnerable state due to problems with the structure of the front elevation. The £19,800 grant funding will be used to address the structural movement.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Treharris, Caerphilly
Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a Grade I building owned by Caerphilly CBC. It is open to the public as well as used for education purposes. The overall project is in receipt of Heritage Lottery funding (HLF) of almost £1m. The £30,000 Cadw funding will make up some of the shortfall in funding and will be used for a range of repairs to the roof, chimneys, walls and ceilings.

The Bell House, Gwynedd
As the former quarry office for the Aberllefenni Slate Quarry the Bell House is a very small and distinctive building. It is one of few surviving quarry office buildings, in a prominent roadside location and is now at risk. The £7,000 funding will contribute to a range of repairs to the roof, chimneys, walls and ceilings.

Yr Hen Gapel, Gwynedd
Yr Hen Gapel is a grade II listed chapel. It is still in use as a place of worship and has strong associations with Michael D Jones, co-founder of the Welsh colony in Patagonia. The buildings' exterior is unaltered and its interior remains complete. However, it is now at risk and needs a range of repairs to which this £30,000 grant funding will contribute.

Capel Aberfan, Aberfan
Capel Aberfan now forms part of the memorial to the Aberfan disaster. It is currently closed due to health and safety issues, with only the vestry used from time to time, but once repaired will be used as a place of worship and as a community resource. The £39,000 funding will support a range of repairs need as a result of dry rot.

Croft Farm Barn, Monmouthshire
Croft Farm Barn is grade II* listed and is an important timber frame structure. The Croft Farm Barn is a rare example of this type of construction but it is a vulnerable building type and is now in a vulnerable condition. The proposed end use - a base for training in viticulture skills (growing grapes, mostly for use in wine production) and vine history - is an imaginative reuse scheme. The £20,000 grant will contribute towards repairs to the roof.

St Mary the Virgin Church, Trelystan, Welshpool
St Mary's is grade II* listed and is the only surviving timber framed church in Montgomeryshire. Despite being located in an isolated location it is regularly used as a place of worship. Urgent attention is needed to the timber framing and HLF of £100,000 has been secured. Cadw's grant funding of £40,000 will help make up the shortfall in the overall funds needed for the project.

Cysylog, Maerdy, Conwy
Cysylog is an unspoilt, but severely at risk grade II* mid-seventeeth century farmhouse. The £30,000 grant will go toward the extensive  works needed to restore the building and additional funding will be provided from the local authority's buildings at risk grant scheme.