AN iconic building at the heart of Llanidloes is in need of funding to keep running during the summer.

The distinctive Old Market Hall is the only surviving timber-framed market hall in Wales and attracts hundreds of tourists to the town every year.

Now members of the management committee are appealing for donations to keep the building that is a “great asset to the town of Llanidloes which itself is steeped in history” open to the public.

A fundraising page has been set up to raise £5,000 in order to maintain the upkeep of the Grade I-listed building that has been in the town since the 17th century.

“Our Old Market Hall is in need of funding so that we can keep it open to the public,” the mayor of Llanidloes, councillor Janet Crisp said.

“Powys County Council are still responsible for the care and maintenance of the building but last year stopped all funding for the museum consequently the everyday running costs are now not covered.

“The management committee have been looking at ways to raise money so we can keep this beautiful historic building open to visitors to our town.

“We have started a just giving link to The Old Market Hall page.

“Please share the link so we can spread the message far and wide as it is not only an asset to Llanidloes but to everyone who is interested in keeping our nation’s historic building viable.”

During the 17th to 19th centuries the booming textile trade in Llanidloes made this Market Hall a bustling centre of trade, where the wool and flannel was collected for transport to Welshpool.

The upper room served as a wool market, a flannel store, a law court, a Working Men’s Institute & Library and as a preacher’s hall, where John Wesley preached.

The hall housed the town’s museum from 1930 to 1995, when it was relocated to Llanidloes Town Hall.

So far more than £600 has been raised to keep the building running.

To show your support for The Old Market Hall, go online at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/oldmarkethall