Appeal to save Master's House at Llanfyllin's historic Workhouse receives fresh wave of support


Roger Anthony

The Appeal to save the Master’s House at Llanfyllin’s historic Workhouse has received a fresh wave of support.

The Architectural Heritage Fund, which provided a loan to buy the building in 2004, has given a Project Development Grant of £1,900.

Other help has come from the Oakdale Trust, the Skinners’ Company’s Lady Neville Charity and the Bodfach Trust.

This has enabled the Llanfyllin Dolydd Building Preservation Trust to commission Llanrhaeadr architect Richard Payne to produce a specification for the vital roof repairs, draw up plans for the interior and prepare drawings for the restoration of the fine classical cupola that once crowned the building.

Once finished, it will be clearly visible from the town.

Two recent events have helped to swell the appeal funds.

At the end of August the opera evening in the Boys’ Courtyard attracted a near-capacity audience and yielded more than £600 after expenses.

Then on September 17, Open Doors, Wales’s Heritage Open Day, produced a record attendance of nearly 500 people, with visitors recorded from as far as Anglesey, Liverpool, Manchester and Gloucestershire.

Highlight of the event was a food fair with a wide range of exhibitors and demonstrations featuring fermented foods.

Organiser Zarena Allan and permaculturalist Steven Jones showed a fascinated audience how to brew kefir – a fermented milk drink from the Caucusus – and revealed the mysteries of sour dough and sauerkraut.

Family folk group Teulu from Dolanog performed on the outdoor stage; John Browne played the harp in the Gallery where an exhibition celebrated 200 years of wood engraving, and cabaret band Cafe Lola rounded off proceedings in the food court.

Entry was free, but the event raised £800 for the appeal.

The three-storey Master’s House stands at the heart of the Workhouse complex and its restoration is a complex task.

The trust has set up a donations page on where people can contribute directly and Gift Aid can be claimed.

Cheques payable to the trust and marked ‘Master’s House Appeal’ are very welcome too. Sponsors are being sought and further funding bids are in preparation.

Trustee John Hainsworth said: “Repairs to the roof are needed now to save this fine building and will cost around £50,000.

“With more we can renovate the upper floors of the Workhouse, install a lift giving access to all and create more workshop space and perhaps a Three Valleys Museum.”

n Anyone keen to know more can contact John on or 01691 860549.

BELOW: A old photograph of the

original cupola which adorned the roof of Llanfyllin Workhouse


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