First Plas Gunter Mansion survey raises more questions about the house’s hidden secrets

The Grade II* listed building, bought for the community by The Welsh Georgian Trust in 2017, is of historical importance because of the discovery of a secret chapel in the attic where Catholics worshipped during a period when it was illegal and dangerous to do so. It is the only known recusant chapel that exists in Wales and one of the best surviving examples in the whole of Britain. One of the priests who led the secret services was denounced to Parliament by priest-hunter, John Arnold of Llanfihangel Court. He was arrested, hanged,…Read more

Plas Kynaston restoration reaches final of Heritage Angel Awards Wales

The Welsh Georgian Trust’s restoration of Plas Kynaston in Cefn Mawr has been shortlisted for the Heritage Angel Awards Wales in the category ‘Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place (for projects under £5m)’. Heritage Angel Awards Wales is a new Welsh awards scheme sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation and the winners in each category will be announced at an awards ceremony in Caerphilly Castle on Thursday 8 November 2018. Plas Kynaston is an important Grade II listed house and was the home of the Kynaston family whose industrial activities led…Read more

Plas Gunter Mansion on TV

Dr Elin Jones and Rhodri Davies recently visited Plas Gunter Mansion to film an item for ‘Heno’, S4C’s Welsh language TV magazine show. The film provides a fascinating overview of the building’s association with Saint David Lewis, Catholicism in Abergavenny, and the religious struggles following the Restoration in the 1660s and 1670s. It was broadcast on Wednesday 29th August 2018 and is available to stream and download on the BBC iPlayer until 28th September 2018, The film includes exclusive footage of the Chapel at Plas Gunter Mansion which is not currently open…Read more

Key secrets of Abergavenny’s important Gunter Mansion to be revealed

The Welsh Georgian Trust’s Gunter mansion restoration moves one step closer as the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund have announced that they are awarding grants towards an in-depth archaeological and building research survey. The Heritage Lottery Fund award of £10,000 is alongside that of £5,000 already pledged by the Architectural Heritage Fund. Gunter Mansion is a Grade II* listed, largely 17th Century, town house formerly belonging to the Gunter family.  It contains an incredibly important Catholic chapel dating from the late 17th Century which was hidden for over two centuries and rediscovered…Read more

Plas Kynaston Wins Wrexham Area Civic Society Award

Plas Kynaston has won a Wrexham Area Civic Society Award for its Architectural Conservation a year afters its completion! We travelled up to Wrexham to receive the award on the 24th November. Plas Kynaston is grade II listed and was originally built by the Kynaston family as a family home and sits in a very significant area, as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and canal that the Plas Kynaston produced the iron for is now a World Heritage Site. Plas Kynaston served as a library for some time during the 20th century until a new library was…Read more

Gunter Mansion among few treasures to be given funding by the National Heritage Memorial Fund

Gunter Mansion has been featured as one of few national treasures to be awarded funding in the National Heritage Memorial Fund's (NHMF) annual roundup. The NHMF's vital role in protecting the nation's heritage is widely recognised and it is brilliant that the Gunter Mansion has been recognised for its importance in such a turbulent time in our history, with the activities in Gunter Mansion at the time being propelled even to parliamentary discussion in the mid to late 17th century. The funding is aimed at ensuring that vital work is put into the…Read more

Study Day Announced – Recusancy in Abergavenny and the Marches

STUDY DAY Recusancy in Abergavenny and the Marches Saturday 14 October 2017 at St Michael’s Centre, Abergavenny Following the acquisition of the Gunter Mansion by the Welsh Georgian Trust earlier this year, the study day will explore how covert activity carried out by Catholics persisted in Abergavenny and the Marches in the years after the Reformation, and in particular how the Gunter family provided a secret chapel and meeting place for Catholics in Abergavenny. The four speakers at the study day are: Dom Aidan Bellenger, Dr Hannah Thomas, Jeremy Knight and Dr Richard…Read more

Welsh Georgian Trust wins AHF grant to start Foley House project viability assessment

The Welsh Georgian Trust is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant to undertake a project viability assessment in relation to Foley House, Haverfordwest. The trust has been working with Pembrokeshire County Council, the owners of the building, in order to develop a scheme to restore it and to find a sustainable new use. History and Significance Foley House is the most important residential building in Haverfordwest. It was designed by John Nash, architect of Buckingham Palace and Regent Street. It was one of the small number of houses designed…Read more

Meeting to set up Friends of Gunter group

The Welsh Georgian Trust, in conjunction with the Abergavenny Civic Society and the Abergavenny Local History Society, is holding a meeting to establish a local 'Friends of Gunter Mansion' group. There is also an opportunity, over the next 12-18 months, to use part of the Gunter building as a 'pop up' display space, that local groups and organisations can use to promote the history and life of the town. Tuesday March 7th Angel Hotel, Cross Street Abergavenny 7pm ALL WELCOME Please come along on the 7th and help us make this happen! If you cannot make the meeting but…Read more

Photos of the completed Plas Kynaston

The restoration of Plas Kynaston is now complete. Six one bedroom flats have been created within this historic building. They provide beautiful and spacious living areas. The below photos show how these interiors blend modern standards with the original character to create a highly tasteful spaces. For more information please contact Silas Rains at Reeds Rains Estate Agents in Wrexham.Read more