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

Plas Kynaston completion party

On 18th November 2016 the Welsh Georgian Trust held a completion party for all who have been closely involved in this project. Here are some photos from this event.          Read more

Plas Kynaston Open Day 19th November 2016

We are pleased to announce a public open day to mark the completion of our restoration and conversion of the historic Plas Kynaston in Cefn Mawr. On Saturday 19th November 2016 between 11am and 2pm we will be opening the doors of this building and its new flats to the public. We hope people will enjoy seeing how the building has been restored and given a new lease of life. The trust has been involved in this project for over five years. We have over come innumerable obstacles to finally reach this point.…Read more

Secret 17th Century Catholic chapel saved

The Welsh Georgian Trust is to acquire Gunter Mansion and its secret 17th Century Catholic chapel in Abergavenny thanks to grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and the Pilgrim Trust. NHMF has awarded £125,000 to purchase the building, whilst the Pilgrim Trust has contributed £25,000. These grants, together with our recent crowdfunding campaign, will enable The Trust to buy the building for £150,000 plus associated costs. Gunter Mansion is a Grade II* listed, largely 17th Century, mansion house formerly belonging to the Gunter Family. It houses an incredibly important recusant Catholic…Read more
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