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 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

Plas Kynaston works to start soon

We are pleased to announce that restoration work on Plas Kynaston is due to start on Monday 8th February 2016. This will restore all of the historic fabric of the existing building and secure its future through conversion to 6 apartments. This is the final and most important stage of our long campaign to save this important building. Our chosen building contractors are Grosvenor Construction from Denbighshire, who have recently worked on a number of great projects such as Denbigh Castle and Chester Cathedral. They will work alongside our architects Donald Insall Associates, quantity surveyors John…Read more

Public Meeting to launch Gunter Fund raising bid

The Welsh Georgian Trust is launching a fundraising drive to buy and restore one of Abergavenny’s most important buildings, the historic Gunter Mansion in Cross Street. The Trust has been in negotiations to buy the grade II* listed building with its secret Roman Catholic chapel from the current owners, a Welsh based property company, and has now reached an agreement with them. The project will initially cost £200,000 for the purchase of the building and for immediate urgent repairs to be undertaken. A bid will then be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund…Read more

Plas Kynaston – Second Consulation feedback

A second public consultation event for Plas Kynaston was held in the evening of Wednesday 3rd June in the George Edwards Hall, Cefn Mawr. Over 25 people attended this second consultation, which was held at the request of many who were unable to make the first date in April. Below is a summary of the key points raised and the resultant discussions: The building is currently vested in a charity for the benefit of the people of Cefn Mawr - how can the proposed use be reconciled with this?  The land and buildings…Read more

Second Plas Kynaston Public Consultation to be held on 3rd June 7pm

Back by popular demand! Following the success of the first public consultation, which attracted 35 people, we have organised a second date, this time in the evening. This should allow people who are at work or otherwise commited during the day to attend. As before, we will be presenting the plans for Plas Kynaston and genuinely consulting with people about the options. The first meeting generated a number of excellent points and ideas and we hope to update people on these. The meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd June in the…Read more