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

Success! Gunter Crowdfunding campaign has reached its target

Our Crowdfunding site has raised £7,655 from 95 backers over 35 days. See http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/gunter-mansion-and-its-hidden-17th-c-chapel In addition, during this time we have received 14 cheques totally £1,590 from people who have preferred this way of giving. Furthermore, the majority of our donors are eligible for gift aid which means we can claim 25p for each £1 donated. Which means in total we have raised well over £10,000 and have surpassed our target! So a huge thank you to all who have contributed to our Crowdfunding campaign to save Gunter Mansion. We will soon be…Read more

Plas Kynaston restoration works near completion

We are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel in our major project to restore Plas Kynaston and convert to 6 apartments to secure its long term future. Work on site by Grosvenor Construction started in February 2016. They are following plans drawn up by Donald Insall Architects for the Welsh Georgian Trust. These involve a full restoration of the building and re-instatement of lost historic features. This is particularly true of the exterior where the original architectural integrity of the roof line will be restored.        …Read more

Gunter Mansion Crowdfunding site now launched

We are pleased to announce that we have just launched our Gunter Mansion Crowdfunding campaign! After a long gestation period we have decided to launch it to coincide with the Eisteddfod in Abergavenny and the 400th Anniversary of David Lewis’ birth in August. Our Crowdfunding campaign will last for five weeks. Our initial target is to raise £10,000 by these means but we hope to be able to raise more. We already have good feedback from our major grant applications but we will still need to raise at least £10,000 in order to…Read more
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