Heritage gem in Wales receives funding from Trust

A Welsh church and adjoining chapel - described as “a real gem” - have been awarded £10,000 in grant funding from Allchurches Trust.

The money will go towards an £885,000 project that will place the St Grwst’s Church, a Grade I listed building, and the adjoining Gwydir Chapel, at the centre of community life. It will also provide a unique and compelling tourist destination and a gathering place for worship and other activities at the heart of the town.

The church and chapel overlook the River Conwy and are open every day for visitors and the local community. The Grade I listing of St Grwst’s Church reflects the exceptional interest of the medieval fabric, including the highly ornate Rood Screen.

Gwydir Chapel - built by Sir Richard Wynne - contains significant items, some of national importance, including the stone coffin of Llywelyn the Great, the grandson of Owain Gwynedd. It also contains a stone effigy of Hywel Coetmor and six large memorial engraved brasses renowned to be among the finest in the country.

Community consultations took place earlier this year to shape the project and gather input from residents and heritage organisations.

Olwen John, the grant application secretary, said: “We’re delighted to be awarded this funding from Allchurches Trust. It helps us reach our overall fundraising target and will encourage us as we look ahead to the project beginning next Spring.

“Both St Grwst and Gwydir Chapel date back to the 15th Century and contain historical items of national significance. They attract visitors from all over the world and we want to ensure we provide basic facilities such as toilets and a kitchen so they can make the most of our heritage.

“There has been excellent support for this project so far, with the Heritage Lottery Fund awarding us 72% of the total cost. We have secured a further £51,000, including this grant from Allchurches Trust, and we are undertaking numerous fundraising activities to meet the £90,000 shortfall.”

St Grwst Church in Llanrwst is in the Aberconwy Mission Area in the Diocese of St Asaph, one of six dioceses making up the Church in Wales.

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