Restoration plans at Llanfyllin Workhouse are starting to take off

Reporter:

Emily Davies

A project to revamp part of Llanfyllin Workhouse is moving forward.

Plans to transform the deteriorating central hub, known as The Master’s House, were revealed last month ahead of a meeting aimed at moving the scheme forward.

And with a steering group now in place, those behind it are working towards an official appeal launch.

John Hainsworth, a trustee of Y Dolydd, said: “It was a really good meeting, really well attended.

“We’ve now got people organising things for it and we’ve also got a steering group that will help to take it forward.

“It was a success – more than I could have hoped for – and we’re now in a really good position to take things forward.”

The steering group is due to meet this week with the aim of deciding how to launch the project.

The Master’s House is set in the centre of The Workhouse complex and provides a central octagon from which all four wings are linked. It also overlooks the four courtyards and includes upper rooms not currently in use.

But the slate roof is leaking and its deteriorating state could put the whole historic site in jeopardy.

Last year, the trustees launched the Workhouse Museum, which has added to the community that includes 15 workshops, a 24-bed bunkhouse, a gallery and a venue, which is used for weddings, music events, ecological activities and horse shows.

To find out more email John at john@rhiwarth.fsnet.co.uk or call 01691 860549.

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