Master’s House restoration under way!

The three-storey Master’s House stands at the heart of the Workhouse complex.  Its ground floor houses our café-bar and forms the link between the four wings and courtyards.  But overhead the roof was leaking badly and decay was putting the whole structure at risk.

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Now, thanks to grant aid and our own efforts, the funds have been raised to carry out the most urgent repairs and to restore the classical cupola which once crowned the building.  Work got under way in October 2019.  Despite worsening weather conditions all the second floor stonework was repointed, the roof was stripped, timberwork repaired and felting and battens reinstated ready for re-slating after Christmas.  We’re extremely grateful to our contractor Richard Stephenson and his team for meeting the challenge.

In the New Year the handsome new cupola, built by Llanfyllin carpenter Andrew Dunn, will be put in place and the slating completed.  A celebration is planned in the spring.  Work can then start on floors and ceilings, replacing internal doors and repairs to staircases.  Services need to be installed too, and hopefully a lift.   The project will create a meeting and function room along with new workshop and display space.  How much can be done will depend on the further progress of the Master’s House Appeal. 

In response to the Appeal launched in 2017 grants have been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (£31,000); the Pilgrim Trust (£20,000) and the Garfield Weston Foundation (£15,000).  Further help came from Powys County Council’s Community Regeneration Fund, the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Oakdale Trust, the Skinners’ Company’s Lady Neville Charity, Cadw and the Bodfach Trust.  In November 2019 we received £2,000 from the Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity.  Our Sponsor a Slate appeal has raised over £4,000, and around £2,000 has come from events including Food Fairs and Open Doors. 

We’re very grateful for the many donations we’ve received through our localgiving page, by cheque or in cash.  Please help by clicking on the Donate direct button above – localgiving can reclaim Gift Aid which adds 20% to the value of your donation.  Or send a cheque payable to the Llanfyllin Dolydd BPT Master’s House Project to Y Dolyd, Llanfyllin SY22 5LD.

The whole project could take several years, but the outcome will be a sound, attractive building with improved facilities for tenants and the public.  A small community is undertaking one of the most challenging heritage projects in Wales.  Please help us to get the job done!


Further information from John Hainsworth at or 01691 860549.