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 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

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

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

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

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

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