Small community undertaking one of the most challenging heritage projects in Wales

Following the successful launch of Wales’s only workhouse museum last summer, the Trustees of Y Dolydd, Llanfyllin Workhouse, are taking on the restoration of the most imposing and challenging part of the historic building: the Master’s House. You can donate direct to this appeal here:

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This is the hub of the whole complex: the central octagon. It dominates all four courtyards, rising an extra storey, and links the four wings. But the upper rooms are currently empty and the fine roof of Llangynog
slate is leaking and in urgent need of repair. The Trust has carried out much-needed maintenance in many areas and the handsome entrance range was re-roofed with the help of the Pilgrim Trust a few years ago.

 

The Workhouse has become a thriving community enterprise with fifteen workshops currently let, a 24-bed bunkhouse, a gallery and a venue as well as the Workhouse History Centre, and the site is used for weddings, music events, ecological activities and horse shows. But the deteriorating condition of the Master’s House at its heart threatens to put all this at risk.

 
The immediate priority is to repair the roof and safeguard the enterprise for the future. But full restoration of the Master’s House offers exciting prospects of opening up the upper floors, not just in the octagon but much of the building, and of making them accessible to all by installing a lift. And it will enable the Trust to reinstate the fine classical cupola which once crowned the roof and was replaced in the 1960s.

 
An appeal was launched in April 2017 to finance roof repairs and make a start on internal improvements, and a steering group has been formed to oversee the project. The first step is to draw up plans, schedules and costings and obtain the necessary consents. This means paying professional fees, and by July enough had been raised to cover them. We’re very grateful to the Architectural Heritage Fund, which provided a loan to buy the building in 2004 and further funding later on: they have granted us up to £1,900 towards development costs. The Oakdale Trust has given us £1,000; the Skinners’ Company have granted £500 from the Lady Neville Charity and the Bodfach Trust has given £250. We’re doing our own fund-raising too. A DJ night organised by Pete Jones brought in £690 and more activities are planned: see our Events page for details.

 

Offers to organise further events or activities would be very welcome. We’re grateful for the many individual donations we have received through our localgiving page, by cheque or in cash. Please help by clicking on the button above – localgiving can claim Gift Aid which adds 20% to the value of your donation – or by sending a cheque made out to The Llanfyllin Dolydd Building Preservation Trust: Master’s House Project to the Trust at Y Dolydd, Llanfylin, Powys SY22 5LD.

 
The first and essential phase will be the roof repairs, with internal works to follow. 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.

 

Further information from John Hainsworth at jhainsworth41@gmail.com or 01691 860549.