The Restoring Britain’s Landmarks series started last week, and will feature a range of historic buildings from across the UK. Tonight, Llwyn Celyn near Abergavenny will get the limelight, whose protection was made possible thanks to National Lottery players.
The programme will highlight the importance of saving historic sites, as well as focusing on some of the practicalities of preserving buildings as old as Llwyn Celyn – for instance, taking care that its resident bat population is looked after properly during the process.
Grade I listed Llwyn Celyn near Abergavenny is regarded by Cadw as one of the most remarkable of all surviving late medieval houses in Wales. Continuously inhabited since it was built around 1480, Llwyn Celyn has scarcely changed since a floor was inserted into its open hall in the 17th Century. Some exceptional decorated doorheads and a fixed bench in the once-open central hall are particularly rare survivals.
Money raised through the sale of National Lottery tickets is being put towards saving and restoring the main house to create self-catering holiday accommodation available to everyone. Various outbuildings will also be repaired and converted into learning and interpretation spaces for use by the local community and visitors.
The Landmark Trust is a charity that preserves architecturally interesting and historic buildings at risk, giving them a future by letting them for self-catering stays. The Trust has rescued nearly 200 buildings since its formation in 1965.
Find out about the history of this fascinating and important Welsh landmark, as well as exciting plans in place for its future, by catching Restoring Britain’s Landmarks tonight at 8pm on Channel 4 and by visiting the Channel 4 website.